Staying Connected as a Distance Learner | Hack Library School

When I applied for my MLS a few years ago, the realities of the working world had me dreaming of a retreat from the outside world in the arms of academia.  I pictured days spent in stimulating classes and evenings immersed in my studies, totally plugged into the world of libraries and library science at all times. I would specialize in something fantastic, meet tons of like-minded people, and not have to report to a desk job every day.  Student loan debt be damned, I wanted an escape.

Shortly after hitting “send,” life intervened.  Between a 500+ mile move, a new job with just enough travel to make night classes impossible, and sheer economic reality, it quickly became apparent that escaping into classes and living off student loans for two years was just not going to happen. Two years and two deferments later, I find myself almost finished with my first semester in the University of Maryland College Park’s online MLS program.

I’m happy with my decision to switch to the online program, but I do sometimes feel that I’m missing out on the intangible benefits of face-to-face learning.  My day job has NOTHING to do with libraries, so I don’t get the water cooler chitchat, the special programming posters in the hallway, the classroom tangents that have nothing to do with that day’s planned discussion but are oh-so-valuable.  I get online class discussion boards, and nothing more.  Not quite the immersive experience I had in mind when I sent in my application, and an easy recipe for low motivation.  So to keep myself from feeling totally cut off, I’ve come up with a few strategies to get my library buzz. Read more: Staying Connected as a Distance Learner | Hack Library School.

Are online LIS students doomed? | Hack Library School

Hello fellow hackers! I’m excited to join the Hack Library School team. For my first post, I thought I’d tackle the subject of online MLIS programs, even though this has been discussed on Hack Library School in the past.

You see, recently on Hiring Librarians some hiring managers have criticized online LIS education, stating that they are wary of hiring graduates who have obtained a MLIS degree online. This even prompted a survey on biases against online library school. Library Journal noticed this and followed up with a discussion of the widespread trend of online programs, concluding that, while becoming more common, they still have a way to go before being accepted by the entire library community. Oh no! Does this mean online LIS students won’t be hired after they graduate? Are we doomed? I don’t think so. It’s clear there are still major misconceptions and confusion about how LIS programs work. Of course, each school is different, but online MLIS degrees are every bit as valid as degrees earned in person.

Read the full story: Are online LIS students doomed? | Hack Library School.

Degree or disagree: Your field of study matters [Infographic] |

Degree or disagree: Your field of study matters – Blog Central, Show and Tell |

Story of Your Worthless Degree

Collection of Links: Resources, Tools & Tech for New LIS/iSchool Students

The ToolsResources pages on The Modern MLIS

Archived MLIS and GTA Technology Topics, Tips & Tricks posts on The Modern MLIS

13 Devices College Students Actually Need | Stephen’s Lighthouse – August 2013

25 Apps You’ll Need to Survive College | Mashable – August 2013

10 Apps for Freshman Year of College | Mashable – August 2013

Your Very First Library Student Business Cards | Hack Library School – July 2013

11 Convenient Sites for Cheap Textbooks | Mashable – July 2013

23 Things for SLIS Students and Alumni: Essential Tools for Professional Success |

Tech Tools for LIS Students {Starter Kit} | Hack Library School – September 2012

My Top 5 Apps for Back to School | Information Space – August 2012

MOOCing up Librarianship | Hack Library School

Insightful review of a MOOC experience from an MLIS graduate student.

During my final month of library school I decided to add one more item to my to do list: take the New Librarianship MOOC. The massive open online course MOOC was offered by Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies for graduate or continuing education credit, or just for fun. MOOCs can be a great way to supplement your library school education, so I enrolled just for fun as a final library school experience. See the full post: MOOCing up Librarianship | Hack Library School.

Don’t Leave College Without These 10 Digital Skills | Mashable

For the full article: Don’t Leave College Without These 10 Digital Skills | Mashable. Here is the list:

  1. Setting Up a Wi-Fi Network
  2. Backing Up to the Cloud
  3. Basic Photo Editing (Photoshop)
  4. Basic Video Editing (Final Cut Pro)
  5. Google Drive and Microsoft Office (Seriously)
  6. HTML and Basic Coding
  7. Setting Up a Website and Domain
  8. Converting File Formats
  9. Online Banking
  10. Branding Yourself

One of the first things I did when I went back to university as a graduate student was to purchase a new laptop and Adobe Creative Suite to take advantage of student pricing. I wonder how expensive 3 and 4 will be now for students, with Adobe moving to a subscription based cloud computing model? Then again there are a lot of free and/or open source solutions available.

How to pick a career you’ll like | Penelope Trunk Blog

“Most career problems stem from the fact that we are terrible at picking jobs. We think we are picking a good job and then it turns out to be a bad job. It’s almost impossible to pick a good job on the first try, actually. So don’t think you’ll be the exception.”

via How to pick a career you’ll like | Penelope Trunk Blog.

Hurst Associates: Digitization 101 Blog — Is Now the Time for Librarians

Great article for alternative librarianship areas.

Hurst Associates: Digitization 101 — Is Now the Time for Librarians


“Graduates enter the workforce fresh with new ideas and a willingness to put those ideas into motion. I have seen graduates hired because they are willing to demonstrate a desire to make a difference and to help an organization dream big.”

“Working in non-traditional settings is an area that graduates need to tap into because it is a growth area.”