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I Passed My End of Program Exam | I’m Officially a Librarian

In African American Librarians on March 27, 2014 at 4:47 pm

 

UNT - Graduation Regalia (Arrived at my doorstep today) #blacklibrariansrock!

My UNT – Graduation Regalia
(Arrived at my doorstep today) #blacklibrariansrock!

 

There are no words to express how I feel right about now. I’m just happy to have passed the end of program exam and now have peace in my life and the strength to finish up the last few things on my list to end this awesome library graduate career. I probably will write a long piece after the last stage of this journey is over. I still have work to do and just wanted to chime in and document it via my blog that I’m officially a librarian.

“Librarian” | by New Zealand Band: Haunted Love

I want to be a librarian
I want to check out your books
Please give them to me
With the bar code facing up
Please don’t bring them back too late
or I’ll have to charge you fifty cents a day
(and you won’t like that)

I want to be a librarian
Wearing glasses every single day
Don’t you find me appealing
in a nerdy sort of way?
Please don’t talk so loudly
Please
Please
Sshhhhhhhhhhhhh……

Meet me in the closed reserve
I’ll let you read all the new magazines
I’ll let you touch the first editions
If you promise me
If you promise me
If you promise me your hands are clean

L I F E I S G O O D

#mynameiskymizsofly #blacklibrariansrock!

#iamthefuture #blackgirlsarefromthefuture

#sexylibrarian #untmeangreen

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Library Pimpology: The Case of Graduate School Exhaustion

In African American Librarians, Education, Writing on June 3, 2013 at 2:31 am
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I love this photo. It is the first bedroom library that I’ve seen that makes architectural sense!

It’s 2:04 AM in the morning; I decided to go ahead and put the word out there: SUMMER CLASSES | Officially in Session! I’ve had no time off since the beginning of the spring 2013 semester (a few days here and there). I will be honest and say that sometimes exhaustion just takes over and you have to step back and reflect on everything that you’ve accomplished. I learned so much this previous semester, got to attend the Texas Library Conference, chilled out with some cool librarians in training, and received accolades galore. I just finished Maymester and have now ordained myself as an official ART Librarian on the rise.

It has taken a long time for me to get to this point in my life where I can say that I’m completely stoked about my own progress and greatness. Never in a million years did I actually  think that this would be one of my paths in (my) book of life. However, I will say graduate school is no joke and the work has to get done in order to make it to the finish line. At this point, I will be working on a Graduate Certificate in Digital Content Management, will begin practicing my lectures for my teaching assignments coming up in the Fall of 13′ and Spring 14′. Not to mention, I’m applying for all kinds of scholarships and fellowships to make sure that I am well-rounded once I walk across the stage in May of next year.

Practice makes perfect they say, and I’ve enrolled in a grammar course provided by the Houston Public Library to continue to hone my skills as a writer, journalist, and blogger. In like manner, I’ve created my online documentation about becoming an Art Librarian. The web-blog will debut in fall 2013 entitled: ART | library deco. I take pride in knowing that I will be helping a lot of individuals  learn more about African American history, literature, music, and art. It gets no better than this I tell yah, with a smile on my face in the wee hours this morning. I chalk it all up to being a blessing. And, then again… I want to scream; summer classes will be starting in a few hours.

I will not lie to you I’m exhausted in all capacities as it pertains to academia. I think we all get to that point at some time or another. With that being said, my remedy for all of this is to have fun this summer regardless of being in school. I will be traveling to the beach, exercising, attending a concert, hosting an art reception, visiting art events and writing about them, and will be entering my art work as a collage artist in an exhibition. There comes a time when you have to enjoy life (however you can).

Earlier this past week I received some KEEP CALM cards in the mail. I laughed when I read all of them, because they were just what the library doctor ordered. I intend on making the best with what I have to work with this summer. There is no need to complain either. I just want to always be honest with myself and my audience: It is okay to be in tune with your feelings. Take it from me, life is not waiting on you –regardless of what you are doing. Get out and do something is my mantra for the summer. Life is  good and knowing that to be truth equals out to be: LIBRARY PIMPOLOGY!

My Experience: The Texas Library Association’s 100th Conference

In 21st Century Libraries, African American Librarians, Conferences, Writing on May 1, 2013 at 11:03 pm
This photo was taken at the Omni Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas. I was on the 3rd floor.

Photo taken at the Omni Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas (3rd Floor)

Representing the TLA Black Caucus Round Table at the 100th Texas Library Conference was an in honor during April 24-27th, in Fort Worth, Texas. The conference was held at the (Downtown) Tarrant County Convention Center. There were over 7,000 librarians that attended the conference.

As a graduate student, this was my first TLA Conference, and I wanted to learn as much as I could about the new trends in librarianship, networking with others and getting to know people outside of an academic setting. There was a lot going on. The movers and shakers were ready to network, and I definitely made sure that I had business card printed up and ready!

There were many sessions available to attend during the conference. One session that had a profound effect on me: The Use of Information Technology: Social Media & Mobile Devices in the Libraries of the Future. This session was jumping from the beginning to the end, presented by The University of North Texas Library Science Department. It was held at the Amon G. Carter Lecture Room–Texas Wesleyan University of Law.

The session featured information about technology, Mobile Applications in Libraries, Teen iPad Programs, Mobile Solutions, Social Media & Mobile Devices and Apps. I took so notes during this workshop. I was amazed at the amount of information that the presenter’s put together for the event.

There were two author luncheons that I attended. The Black Caucus Round Table Author’s Brunch featuring Carl Weber was located at the Tarrant County Convention Center; the author talked about his rise to prominence in the writing industry. I appreciated his honesty about how and why he decided to start writing. The author was funny at times and kind enough to stay after the event to sign books for fans. Additionally, everyone that attended the author’s reception received a copy of his new book for free!

I got a chance to check out the Bob Ray Sanders Author Reception at the Omni Hotel. Journalist, Bob Ray Sanders is a legend in Fort Worth, Texas, and a community advocate. His discussion about his first book that was published by Texas Christian University was very interesting, as he did a historical depiction through photography; the works were by Calvin LittleJohn.

I volunteered at the Black Caucus Round Table booth for two days and I met a lot of people. The organization received a lot of compliments about the exhibition on the Black Cowboys from the West. In like manner, I was able to talk with  conference-goers about the Black Caucus Round Table, and the different opportunities that are available to new members and graduate students. I was also sat with current members in the caucus; they shared information with me about their previous experiences as members.

One of the best moments was when I got to check out the exhibit hall. It was all that and then some. I walked away with at least 20 books for FREE, all types of memorabilia, and information about future events and happenings in the library world. It was a great opportunity to see a lot of vendors and network with other librarians and graduate students.

Towards the ending of the conference, I checked out the last reception and Neil Gaiman was the guest speaker. He was brilliant and made me want to continue to write and blog. I truly fell in love with his speech and made sure that I was in the moment with him while he talked. After that, I witnessed Dr. Yvonne Chandler receive her post as the President of the Texas Library Association.

The opportunity that I received to attend the Texas Library Conference on behalf of the TLA Black Caucus Round Table was an honor. I received words of encouragement from all of the leadership in attendance, and was  given extra gifts to bring back home as a result of winning a couple of the door prizes at the events that I was invited to attend.

I look forward to being involved with the organization and also to attend the 2014 Texas Library Association Conference, in San Antonio, Texas.

Texas Library Association Conference 2013: I WON A SCHOLARSHIP TO ATTEND!!!

In 21st Century Libraries, African American Librarians, Conferences on February 4, 2013 at 2:42 pm
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Texas Library Association Black Caucus Roundtable

I received some good news this morning and I wanted to share it with you. I normally blog once a month, but I could not let this moment pass. Remember to always follow your dreams, go out for opportunities, and never look back! I’m so excited to be attending TLA 2013 and can’t believe that I WON!!!! 

Dear Winner Congratulations:

On behalf of the Texas Library Association’s Black Caucus Roundtable, the roundtable has announced its 2013 TLA Black Caucus Conference Stipends for the 2013 TLA Conference in Fort Worth, Texas (April 24-27, 2013).

Winners are: Peace Ossom-Williamson graduate,Texas Woman’s University- School of Library and Information Studies and kYmberly Keeton, graduate student, University of North Texas- College of Information. Both students sent in all required documents before the due dates and all information was correct.  

The TLA Black Caucus Conference Stipends are two (2) stipends of $500.00 each to be awarded to African decent students enrolled as full-time or part-time students at an American Library Association accredited university or a NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) accredited program and pursing a Library Science or Information Science/MLS/MLIS or certification requirement in library information services area in Texas.

The student must be a TLA and TLA Black Caucus member at the time of winning the conference stipend. The conference stipend is designated to cover expenses to attend the Texas Library Association Conference in Fort Worth, Texas (April 24-27, 2013). Applicants are judged on an essay of 250 words (minimum) describing how the applicant will benefit from attending the 2013 Texas Library Conference.

Winning students, please contact me for more information on the receiving of your conference stipends. Congratulations to you both for winning the 2013 TLA Black Caucus Conference Stipends for the 2013 TLA Conference in Fort Worth, Texas (April 24-27, 2013).  The TLA Black Caucus will look forwarded to meeting you both during 2013 TLA Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.

Sincerely,

Kimberly M. Gay, B.S.; M.L.S.

TLA Black Caucus Conference Stipend Chair

Reference and Instruction Librarian

John B. Coleman Library

Prairie View A&M University

About Texas Library Association:

Now a century old, TLA is the largest state library association in the U.S. Its 7,000+  members are employed in all types of libraries (academic, public, school, and special). TLA’s membership also includes library vendors and citizens who support libraries as trustees, members of Friends of the Library organizations, and library users.

The Texas Library Association was established in 1902 to promote, support, and improve library services in Texas.

TLA Virtual Action Day • February 12, 2013

This year, TLA is asking supporters to conduct a virtual campaign in support of libraries on February 12, 2013. Rather than hosting a traditional Legislative Day, this year we want to emphasize grassroots action.

While some library supporters may opt to come to Austin for in-person visits, the focus on Legislative Virtual Action Day will be to have statewide virtual advocacy.

It is critical this session to focus on grassroots activities and have advocates make strategic visits at home districts prior and throughout the session. So, while an actual Legislative Day will not be held in 2013, TLA will offer many opportunities for advocacy and visiting with legislators during strategic times throughout the session.

Participating in Virtual Action Day: Take the time to call your state senator and representative. Tell them about the incredible services your library provides.

Make a commitment to get people writing and communicating about critical statewide issues. Organize a letter-writing campaign, tweet-up, and other virtual campaigns and activites to get people talking about libraries.

Recruit friends groups, students, faculty, and supporters to join the effort. It is particularly important to have administrators, city or county officials, and parents contact elected officials on behalf of libraries and library users.

If you haven’t already checked out the incredible survey results, see the full survey findings.

Here are just a statistics on Texas voter support for libraries.

  • Texas voters agree public libraries are a good value for the tax dollar (94%, including 70% who strongly agree) and deserve more funding (87%, including 62% who strongly agree).
  • Strong majorities support increasing public funding for both public (81%) and school (82%) libraries. In fact, at least seven in ten voters across every demographic, geographic and political segment support increased funding for both public and school libraries.
  • Nearly all Texans (99% including 84% who strongly agree) believe school libraries are an essential part of the education experience and more than nine in 10 agree (94%) that school librarians are critical to student achievement.

More Information Here

{Guest Post} Black, Poor, and Woman in Higher Education: What I Learned From Graduate School

In 21st Century Libraries, African American Librarians, Writing on January 12, 2013 at 4:03 pm

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I’m an avid reader of the blog, For Harriet… I recently read a post via the blog about black females in graduate school and the price  they have to pay to become a part of an elite group of intellectuals in the United States of America. Personally, I identify with this article on so many levels and wanted to share it with you. It really applies to any female that is pursuing a higher degree in academia. One thing that I had to realize from jump, everybody is not your friend (and many do not want to mentor) when I got into this arena. Get ready, you are going to be alone a lot, and will be questioned as to why you have to make everything about being BLACK. I get it all the time. The maturity that I see now in my life: I don’t sweat it. I love being me – that is the point and the key to surviving in graduate school. Additionally, you have to follow directions. Be the change that you want to see (you can’t change the university… I tried as an undergraduate; it didn’t work). Remember… The possibilities are Endless when you Believe! Have a great spring semester.  ~ kYm

“If you surrender to the wind, you can ride it.”-Toni Morrison (Remember this.)
This is my favorite quote and it reminds me that life’s struggles are difficult but you will always be able to redeem yourself if you learn to ride the waves the wind blows. You will have many waves to practice on in graduate school.

Read: Is it Worth It: Black America’s Looming Loan Crisis

Being a black woman from a poor/working poor economic background is difficult but a privileged position nonetheless. I recently graduated with my master’s degree from a predominately white university. The course work was very difficult, but those are not the lessons I want share with you right now. For every black and Latina woman and girl, this is my account. I promise, you will have your own and your story needs to be heard too.

This is what graduate school taught me:

1) Higher education is a tool for one to gain a career within the University or Corporate system. That is it. Learning intellectually can be done in communities or solitude. Trust me.

Read: In Pursuit of Education: The Fight for Equality in our Schools

2) I am a black woman who was raised in a poor/working poor economic community. It was not until I went away to graduate school that I learned my economic status would be the precursor to people’s opinions about what I know and who I am. You should expect this. Throughout my public schooling I did not learn to think critically about anything really. As black folk we are taught to go with the flow, praise Jesus when it gets hard, and shop when it gets unbearable (9/11). I mean that sarcastically but unfortunately it’s true. That does not mean that I was or am not capable of learning and thinking critically. Take advantage of your weaknesses and improve them. Don’t get down about not learning certain things that seem obvious to your colleagues. You have a different upbringing. Notice I didn’t say unfortunate or worse. You will realize that there are topics, words, and phrases that you know and others don’t. Value your upbringing. You have a different knowledge than others. Your differences are only a sign of your culture. Don’t be afraid or ashamed of it. Accept, study, and proclaim it. This is how we survive historical erasure. You must know how unique you are. Be confident in who you are and where you come from. Situations do not define you. You define you. I say that because it is not uncommon coming from a working class background to be intimidated. Focus on all the good the hood brought you. Haha. Write down topics, words, phrases etc. that you may not understand and research them. Most of it will not pertain to you but it is good to know what others around you know. It makes you personable and expands your interpersonal world.

3) Blackness is a wide spectrum. We come in many flavors including Asian and Latino/a. Blackness and black people are to be respected. Learn from everyone that you feel you should learn from. Especially, your brothers and sisters from across borders and seas. Most times you will be the only black or Latino in your cohort or classes. Do NOT be resentful or envious of the other black and Latino/women/men in your program. The fact that they are there is rare. Embrace the relationship if the opportunity presents itself. You will gain a friend for life. You may find yourself unable to relate to your black or Latino colleagues. That may or may not be because they are from a different financial community than you. Meaning sometimes damnit, you just can’t see eye to eye. You will be stressed trying to figure out how to pay your bills (in addition to going to school full time) and your colleague will be complaining about their parents not buying them a new car all in the same five minutes. It happens. Accept the fact that we are all different and focus on their better attributes. The grass is not always greener. Take this as an opportunity to get to know someone who is different from you. It will build your character and your list of amazing friends you’ve gained through the years.

4) Every black or Latina professor, administrator, or colleague you meet is not going to be your homegirl/boy. Digest this information right now. I promise you the first time you feel rejection from another black woman/man it will hurt you to the core. You must remember she/he is human and just because they are black they have no obligation to you. They are colleagues. Even if you get the opportunity to be mentored by another black woman/man always be mindful that you have to remain professional in that relationship. They are still your colleagues.

5) Learning, writing, and thinking critically are all things that take a process to master. Do not move ahead or behind your process. Instead, stay present and enjoy it. It will be difficult but your process will make or break you. You might as well go through it gracefully. Graduate school is also a test of endurance. If you plan on continuing in higher education as a career your test will be imperative. You WILL be tested. And you WILL pass. You will. Treat your process as gold.

As far as being a student especially at a University that is majority white, be prepared to have a case of culture shock. You must never ever be afraid to be who you are. You do not have to fit into a certain mold; the people that need to be in your life will accept and support you just the way you are (never forget that). There are some crazy white people who will say very racist things. Take a breath and breathe because there are going to be black people who will agree with your crazy white colleagues. But on the bright side, you will have white colleagues who will be giving those same people the side eye just like you J. This brings me to my next piece of advice: never ever let people see you sweat. Allow yourself to accept the past and move on (slavery, religion, subjugation, etc etc etc). You are in grad school for one reason, to get your degree. Everything else is small to a giant. My last but most important piece of advice be professional. Period.

As you can tell from this piece most of the lessons I learned from grad school are about life. Never believe to be enlightened or to gain intellectual wisdom that you have to be accepted to a University or institution. Learning and wisdom begin and ends with your will. The libraries are free and books are abundant. Don’t forget your elders. They are walking history lessons. I learned to love the fact that I have different knowledge being from a poor/working poor background, black, and a woman. Your voice, your intellect is needed and given to you for you to share. Good luck in your endeavors and remember to ride that wind! In the future I will go more in-depth about my experiences being black, poor, and a woman in grad school.

Stay true,

R. Smith

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HUSTLE: 1st Year of Graduate School…

In 21st Century Libraries, African American Librarians, Art Library on December 5, 2012 at 10:31 pm

I decided to post a few of my favorite pictures that inspired me this semester to keep it moving and grinding. Let me know what you think of the pictures.

They definitely will make you chuckle.

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thesaurus

This photo is dedicated to my hustle during the endless nights of creating a library database! It was a challenge, but I accomplished it!

bookworm-5

I really love this image. It is soooooo cute! A friend sent this to me via Facebook earlier in the semester.

MKT

This is my favorite picture this semester. I found this image via the Google search engine. I sent it to a friend and he hooked it up for me. You see the message on the coffee cup, and notice that the sister has brown skin. I thought it was befitting and creative.

good_study_habits

There is no explanation needed for this image. I just thought it made so much sense! 🙂

library fashion

If you follow me via Facebook and Twitter, you know that my personal hashtag is #sexylibrarian. I love what I do, where I am going, and the mysteriousness behind my profession. I keep it fly, sexy, and fashionable at all times.

the librarian

How many times do I have to say it… Black Librarians ROCK!

reading_tails

This picture reminds me of my dog, Roxy Blue Keeton. She will read one day, trust me. Ha!

librarian

This saying makes me feel so good and empowered about where I’m going with my life.

librarians for obama

Yes, I voted for the winner. I love this image –straight to the point!

reading cartoon I prefer books

This says it all!

🙂

Class #101: Academic Survival Tips 2012

In African American Librarians, Books, Education on September 5, 2012 at 11:39 am

 

I found this awesome post via the blog, The Crunked Feminst Collective. I wanted to share it with all of my readers and this is for you if you’re in school this semester. I believe that being on your “A” game is important in order to succeed. It is also good to be healthy and maintain a non-negotiable lifestyle. Check out these tips below. Trust, they will come in handy.

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  • Be confident in your abilities.
    • If you feel like a fraud, you very likely are suffering from impostor syndrome, a chronic feeling of intellectual or personal inadequacy born of grandiose expectations about what it means to be competent. Women in particular suffer with this issue, but I argue that it is worse for women-of-color (particularly Blacks and Latinas) who labor under stereotypes of both racial and gender incompetence. The academy itself also creates grandiose expectations, given the general perception of academicians as hypercompetent people. Secret: Everybody that’s actin like they know, doesn’t really know. So ask your question. It’s probably not as stupid as you think. Now say this with me: “I’m smart enough, my work is important, and damn it, I’m gonna make it.”
  • Be patient with yourself.
    • Be patient with your own process of intellectual growth. You will get there and it will all come together. You aren’t supposed to know everything at the beginning. And you still won’t know everything at the end (of coursework, exams, the dissertation, life…).
    • Getting the actual degree isn’t about intellect. It is about sheer strength of will and dogged determination. “Damn it, I’m gonna walk out of here with that piece of paper if it’s the last cottonpickin’ thing I do.” That kind of thinking helps you to keep going after you’ve just been asked to revise a chapter for the third time, your committee member has failed to submit a letter of rec on time, and you feel like blowing something or someone up.
  • Be your own best advocate. Prioritize your own professional needs/goals.
    • You have not because you ask not.  You have to be willing to ask for what you need. You deserve transparency about the rules and procedures of your program, cordial treatment from faculty, staff and students, and a program that prepares you not only for the rigors of grad school but also for the job market (should you desire a career in academia).  But folks won’t hand it to you on a silver platter. You have to build relationships, ask questions, and make demands.
    • Figure out your writing process (the place [home, coffee shop, library], time [morning, afternoon, night], and conditions [background noise, total silence, cooler or warmer] under which you work best and try to create those conditions as frequently as possible during finals, qualifying exams, and dissertation.
    • Your self-advocacy will often be misperceived as aggression and anger, entitlement or selfishness. Don’t apologize. 
  • Be kind to yourself.
    • Reward yourself frequently.  Most of us need positive affirmation of a job well done, but for long stretches, especially during exams, dissertation, and the job market, the rewards elude us; and often given the time crunch, once we conquer the mountain, there is little time to enjoy the view before it’s time to trudge back down and start climbing the next one. All that hard work  in high stakes conditions for anti-climactic ends can take a toll on your psyche. So be kind to yourself. Figure out the things you really like and make sure to enjoy them as much as is possible and healthy.
  • Be proactive about self-care.
    • Figure out your non-negotiables. For me, sleep is non-negotiable. I must have it. I don’t do all nighters. I also generally don’t do weekends, so I adjust my schedule accordingly. What are your non-negotiables?
    • Take advantage of on-campus therapy services. My last two institutions have had women-of-color thesis and dissertation support groups. Consider joining.
    • Cultivate a spirit-affirming practice. Grad school/the academy is a mind-body-spirit endeavor. So meditate, pray, exercise, do yoga, go to church, cook a good healthy meal. Do whatever you need to do to keep your mind, body, and spirit in balance.
  • Be a friend/comrade to others and let them do the same for you.
    • Build community with colleagues inside or outside your department.
    • Build community with non-students/non-academics. You need folks who live life outside the dungeon. They will affirm you and help you keep things in perspective.
  • Be willing to get CRUNK!
    • If the environment is hostile, it is most probably characterized by microaggressions of various sorts.  Racial microaggressions –“brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults toward people of color– are quite common for women of color, but microaggressions can be used in sexist, heterosexist, or ableist ways as well.  A microaggressive environment demands resistance of various sorts. So do you and be you. Unapologetically.  Keep a copy of Sister Audre near by so you can make sure you’re channeling your legitimate anger productively, and then, get crunk if necessary.
  • Be better not bitter.
    • Fail forward. Being the overachievers that we are, we tend not to deal with failure well. It tends to become an indicator to us of our intelligence, worth, and competence. (See #1). But failure is a part of the process. Unless you are incredibly, exceptionally lucky, you will hit a snag in a course, while writing the proposal, on the dissertation, submitting a journal article or submitting a book. Two tips: take the time to process, particularly for big issues like proposals, dissertation chapters or books. Cry, scream (not at your committee or editor), go to a kickboxing class. And then dust yourself off and try again. Look at the suggestions offered; determine their validity. Heed them or disregard them depending on your best judgment, and then proceed to the next step.  And one more thing…don’t let the resentment fester. It may be well-justified but it simply isn’t productive. Just think of it as hazing, and for your own sake, let it go.
    • A lot of anger comes from bitterness at mentors who have not met our expectations. But all mentors are not created equal. Some will build your confidence, some will give you hell,  some will go above and beyond, but a mentor is there to illumine the process and give you tools to be successful, not to be your friend. So have multiple mentors; know the difference in function; and adjust your expectations accordingly.
  • Be tight. Bring your A-game.
  • Be a light. As you make your way, show the sisters and brothers behind you how it’s done, so maybe they won’t have as many dark days as you’ve had.

Article Republished Courtesy of The Crunked Feminist Collective

Photo Courtesy of Artist, D. Abrams

Library Science & Information Technology @ UNT

In 21st Century Libraries, African American Librarians, Education on June 1, 2012 at 8:38 am

I am too excited about this semester. I am now a graduate student at The University of North Texas. I will enter my journey beginning on June 4, 2012. I wanted to share a little bit of what I will be studying with you as a graduate student. And, I wanted to encourage anyone who is interested in becoming a librarian to go for it. I have always been a woman of action. I’m not really attracted to individuals that talk about what they are going to do…I believe that you’re just supposed to do it–if you believe in it. Let me be your inspiration. I’ve went through a lot to get to this point in my life, even had a professor tell me that I was not ready to be in this field. Well, she is in my past and I definitely wish her well. And, if you are reading this Dr. Ugly Professor, did you actually believe that you could stop me? Ha!

My track that I will be going through is entitled Digital Image Management. Here is a synopsis of the degree plan:

This program of study is intended to prepare graduates who will assume leadership roles. It is designed to produce experts in the field of Digital Image Management. Graduates will be able to manage all aspects of digital images from production and organization to copyright and network design.

The program includes the production of digital images; digital information database creation and management of digital information are important skill sets for current and future library and museum information professionals. In addition, the program prepares individuals to assume positions as experts in the broader markets of libraries, archives and information centers.

An integral part of the educational experience for the students enrolled in the program is the opportunity to work as interns at area museums, archives and information centers.

I was intrigued by this program, because the University of North Texas offers programs all over the state of Texas. I live in Houston, Texas, and will be attending their satellite campus at the University of Houston (this is where I obtained my English-Creative Writing Degree). This was one of the major perks of attending this university. Yesterday, I submitted my first proposal to present at the main campus in Denton, Texas. In addition, I will be able to actually work in the field that I want to as a librarian—in museums, galleries, and cultural institutions.

I believe that the opportunities are endless and that I’m in good company. I’ve decided to put my all into my academic writing and reading like crazy. It feels good to know that this is the journey that I was destined for and will complete in 2014!

If you have ever wanted to pursue a dream in life…my suggestion is to take some time off, research, and then go for it. There is no time like the present to put what you want to do in action.

Visit the University of Library SLIS Program  

My 1st Experience: ALA Midwinter 2012

In African American Librarians, Conferences, Education on January 30, 2012 at 8:52 pm

ALA Midwinter 2012

I was able to fit the bill and travel to Dallas, Texas this past week for my first experience at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Conference. I was nervous due to all of the crazy stuff that has been going on with me since the beginning of the semester. However, I knew that this was just what I needed to further acknowledge that what I am doing is what is right for my life.

I remember when I wanted to become an anthropologist; I was able to travel to Philadelphia, PA, to visit their national conference. I courted several universities, rounded up a couple of mentors, and was ready to enter in to the profession without looking back. After some things were revealed to me, I came to realize that being an anthropologist was not in my destiny. I sat for a year and thought about where I wanted to be in the world of academia and my career profession.

At the beginning of 2011, I was sitting at my computer and the word librarian came to my mind. I immediately started researching what librarians were all about and I was amazed. I found my niche. As I walked in to the Dallas Convention Center, I began to feel what I felt when I first started researching the field of librarianship.  This time around, I had a similar image as all of my peers: They All Read Books. All of the conference attendees had their own unique styles and glasses too.

The entire conference was interactive. As I entered the conference, there was an ALA greeter who offered me the daily newspaper. Then, I was able to download my schedule at the ALA Computer Station. Starbucks was right in the middle of the literary traffic as I maneuvered through the traffic. This was too much for me.

I attended the following conference sessions including:

  • Lita 201 Interest Group
  • Re-Imagining the Public Library in a Post Recession Economy
  • The Midwinter Conversation: Understanding Your Communities
  • History Librarians Interest Group
  • Midwinter Wrap-Up, featuring Lisa Loeb

Undoubtedly, the best part of the conference was the ALA Conference Exhibit. There were a lot of technological aspects in the field that I learned about and tested. In addition, I was able to get free posters, books, bags, t-shirts, and tips. I also met a lot of interesting people that I am going to stay in contact with for the duration of my career.

Lastly, I won a scholarship (the E. J. Josey Academic Scholarship) through the Black Caucus of the American Library Association for an essay I wrote during my first semester of graduate school. I was honored at the Dallas Marriott Hotel during the conference and accepted the $2000.00 award with a smile. The American Library Association’s Midwinter Conference 2012 put a stamp of approval on what I have wanted to do all along with my life.

P.S. –If you are interested in purchasing new books, check out my book list below. It features all of the free advance copies that I received at the conference.

*View ALA Midwinter Book List

Librarianship: Through the Eyes of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In African American History, African American Librarians, Education on January 16, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Effie Lee Morris, The first African American President of the Public Library Association

 

I wanted to share a little history regrading African American librarianship in observance of Dr. King’s birthday. He believed that every man had the right to learn how to read, obtain an education, and possess civil liberties…

Meet: Effie Lee Morris, she was the first African American President of the Public Library Association and a leader in services for blind and minority children.

According to LittleKnownLibraryFacts.com, Ms. Morris was the chair of the Coretta Scott King Task Force and the Children’s Services Coordinator at the San Francisco Public Library where she worked from 1963 until 1977.

In addition, Ms. Morris was a librarian at the Cleveland Public Library (1946-1955) and the New York Public Library (1955-1963). She passed away at the age of 88 on November 10, 2009.

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Learn more about the Effie Lee Morris Collection through the San Francisco Public Library–Online.

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“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.” ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Read more about Effie Lee Morris

Research provided by: Little Known Librarian Facts & The San Francisco Public Library