Monday, August 4, 2008

I'm leaving on a jet plane...

Doesn't everyone have to say that when they're taking off?

I have a taxi taking me to Logan in less than 4 hours. My flight to SFO leaves at 6am, so this is going to be an interesting and tiring trip to the other side of the States, then the other side of the world, but completely worth it.

Almost a full month in Japan. Been looking forward to it for a while.

While I had been good lately about posting frequently, I think I will be absent from here again until I get back in September.

Have a great August everyone, I know I will.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Summer '08

I have managed to go through the entire summer term without updating this blog about the term. My last class was two days ago and my grades are already in. 6 weeks is incredibly short. Though I am glad that I chose these two classes to take over the summer. Relatively little homework and classwork, but I learned a lot.

LIS 414: Corporate Libraries
Since corporate libraries is a field that isn't really studied much, there really wasn't much material. The field trips were great and possibly the only way to learn what a corporate library is like is to see a few.

When I first decided I wanted to go into libraries as a career, corporate libraries was somewhere I wanted to avoid. It went against some stubborn aesthetic ideal of mine. But after my first semester I saw that going into this field I was going to have to take off the rose-colored glasses.

"Keepers of Knowledge" is for the books and those who read them, not for those who work with them.

While reality was placed before me, I still want to do this. Plus I was able to see a true need for my Japanese ablities. In all honesty, I don't want my Japanese to be an extra skill, included in the package like a toy in a cereal box; I want to work where Japanese is required. I don't want to walk the same path as everyone else and I've always used that as an excuse to not choose from the paths laid before me.

This class has given me a peek at possibilities I never considered before and a bit of confidence that I finding a job where I can put my Japanese to full use isn't a silly idea. I'm going to have to work a bit harder to bring my Japanese up to the same level as my English, but it looks fully worth it.

LIS 488: Technology for Information Professionals
I am grateful to my fellow grad students who suggested that I take this course over the summer and with this professor. While I've spent a good few years blogging and gained the small amount HTML knowledge that inheirently comes from writing entries, I knew nothing of code or how it worked or why there was an http in front of website names or anything of that sort.

Now I know a bit more than I did. And more importantly, I know what things I don't know yet. Or at least some of them. In essence, I now know which direction is up and which way is North and I can start figuring out which maps I want and where I want to go.

It's also opened up the possibility of various jobs that I never would have even considered and with that, the need to take various cources I never would have considered taking, but would need to take to get the skills to get these jobs.

I'm done with almost half of my time here and my classes for next term are already set, so it's now a question of what to do with those last three courses in the Spring. But first I need to worry about Fall semester where I have decided to take four courses, three of which are infamous for having heavy workload.

Though I plan to have a blast in all four classes while squeezing every last cent's worth out of them. And from my tuition bill, that's a lot. Wish me luck?

Shakespeare on the Common

Last week I went to see "As You Like It" at Boston Common with a group of friends. It was a great performance of it and a perfect summer night for some Shakespeare. Plus it was free.