When I started this website, I had some big dreams to use it as a way to chronicle not only my knitting life but my library life as well. It can be pretty tricky to carve out the time to write blog posts, especially when watching Netflix or knitting podcasts feels so much easier. However, May 7th marks the first day of a new semester and I thought this would be the perfect time to commit myself to blogging about library stuff!
For those that may not be familiar, I am currently in the middle of my Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) degree at University of Alberta. This graduate degree takes place 100% online, which means I spend a lot of time in front of a computer reading and typing, but mostly trying not to be distracted. Online education is definitely not for the faint of heart as it requires a lot of self-motivation and discipline, which is especially true in the spring/summer months. Oh, it is so hard to focus on reading when bike rides and cold pints of beer are calling! Thankfully, the research I have planned for this summer is super fascinating and will keep me engaged despite the urge to play hooky whenever the weather is nice.
While my program suggests that all students take two courses per semester, I have committed to only 1 course in an effort to keep a good work/life/school/art balance. The course I'm taking this term is pretty exciting because it is probably the most relevant class I'll ever take during this degree. Library Services for Children and Young Adults is a course that has not been offered at University of Alberta since 2011 and this is the first time it has ever been offered online. Which makes me wonder - are folks in Canada just not looking to youth librarianship as a viable option for their post-MLIS career? Maybe the fact that it is being offered again and there is such a big enrolment of students in the course means that trend is shifting.
And because this course has not been offered for such a long time, the professor has decided to do a complete overhaul of the course outline and content so it reflects the current trends in youth librarianship. The main reason I find this so incredibly exciting is that the library I work for has seen some significant changes in the way services for children and teens are designed, facilitated, and delivered. I have been working in children's services in some capacity at the public library for the past seven years, and it is an area of librarianship that I'm really passionate about. This semester presents an opportunity to fully immerse myself in all this children and libraries! Rather than trying to tailor every class I've done to reflect my interest in children's librarianship and having it fall on stiff ears, this course is going to open a lot of doors - I can feel it!
So, as I move through this course I am going to use this blog to help articulate some of the ideas I have racing through my head. You can look forward to book recommendations, my personal thoughts and experiences with library service, interesting research, and whatever else that comes up. I hope that there may be some of you interested in this journey and I promise there will be some knitting along the way too :)