Education and other training


Master's in Library and Information Science:

I finished my MLIS through the College of St. Catherine/Dominican University program in August 2007. My coursework included standard topics like library theory, cataloging, and reference, but my coursework also included the following:

  • Reference in the humanities
  • Collection development
  • Information policy
  • Information seeking behavior 
  • Public library history and theory
  • History of the book
  • Communication for leadership

 Additional professional training: 

February through April 2008:
Participation in the 23 Things on a Stick Library 2.0 project run through the Minnesota library multi-type systems. This project asked participants to work through a set of tasks related to Web 2.0 technologies, and blog about them. 

You can see my comments on each Thing on my blog under the label 23Things.

March 30th, 2008:
I attended Nancy Pearl's presentation on Doorways to Reading (her Reader's Advisory approach) at the College of St. Catherine. This 2 hour presentation discussed how some traditional reader's advisory methods sometimes fall short, and why the four doorways (story, character, setting, and language) may work better to find books readers will be interested in. 

Ties 2007:
As mentioned elsewhere on this site, I presented at the Technology in Education conference for K-12 schools. I also attended 3 other presentations (all of them focused on online safety and literacy education). My thoughts are discussed on my blog.

Reader's Advisory:
In the fall of 2006, I took an online course in Reader's Advisory through the University of Wisconsin at Madison online library training office. Reader's advisory is a large part of my current job, but it looked like I wasn't going to be able to fit it into my MLIS coursework.

I found the course useful (although I wish we'd had time to go deeper, especially in genre reading), but also very helpful in seeing how an entirely online course works.

 Undergraduate work:
I attended Wellesley College from 1994 to 1998, and graduated with a double major in Music and Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Everyone asks, when I say that, if I focused on Medieval and Renaissance music - but no, my musical focus was in theory and composition, culminating in a semester-long independent study in composition. 

The Medieval/Renaissance studies degree has actually been a lot more relevant to my library work than it looks. As a cross-disciplinary degree, I got the chance to take upper level courses in  a number of areas, learning how those disciplines looked at research and scholarship. 

Classes included: 

  • History (British history, Italy during the Renaissance, Renaissance Florence, the Merovingians, as well as a course in the Jews of Spain and the lands of Islam).
  • Literature (Dante, Chaucer, Shakespeare, and various other medieval writers).
  • Art history (illuminated manuscripts and a course on medieval and renaissance architecture).
  • Theatre (Shakespeare in Performance)  
  • Cross-disciplinary work in a course called Arthurian Legends which included literature, historical underpinnings, forward through novels and movies. 

I have had 6 years of French, 4 years of Ancient Greek (including some work in New Testament Greek), and a year each of German and Latin.
I'd love to learn more.

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