Indeed! Classes are over. Perhaps you have a vacation of sorts on the horizon. Whatever shall you do? Well, I'll tell you what I'll be doing. I will be doing some professional development. Wait! It's not as boring as it sounds. Here's my rationale: I'm going to a wonderful school that costs a lot of money. I'm not fully taking advantage of everything the school/faculty/facilities have to offer. I'm going to get on that. Here's a holiday list of books to read about the library profession, libguides to peruse, and people to bug about how to really get the most out of your Simmons Education. Also, I've included a fun list of holiday reads. What's Christmas without a giggle or two :-)
1) The Librarian's Guide to Writing for Publication by Rachel Singer Gordon
I'm loving this book that reminds every librarian, and librarian to be, that it's important to contribute to the field of library science scholarship. Gordon quells the reader's fears, by putting forth a baby step approach to writing about a field that you're already passionate. "Write what you know," is common wisdom that she deftly applies to the library field. And it makes sense. Write about something that you accomplished: a display, a book group, an outreach campaign. Start with something you're proud of and then write about it. Your colleagues want to hear from you :-)
2) How to Pay for Your Degree in Library & Information Studies by Gail Ann Schalachter
This book was recommended by my dear, smart friend Julie (see her posts on this blog for excellent advice). It's pretty comprehensive and a great place to get started when thinking about ways to fund this excellent education we're receiving. It's a great place to start. It's only for perusal in reference at Beatley BUT, it's pretty affordable online.
3) The Library and Information Science Libguide at Simmons
I know, seems obvious, but according to many studies most students don't take advantage of all they have to offer. True, a lot of the libguides could use some work in terms of presentation, but the guts, the meaty information is really helpful. The libguide provides a whole slew of databases that only GSLIS students have access to, the "Gratis LIS Vendor Databases". I particularly and starting to know a fun reader's advisory database offered on that page, NoveList. Check it out, see what you think! The libguide is also pretty regularly updated with new acquisitions in Library Science collection. I know it seems like I'm shilling for Beatley, but I think it's important to remember that our library is trying to help us succeed as much as possible and this is a great place to start when looking for tools to help you succeed in class and out of class.
4) Rex Krajewski - Head of Information Services
The man is a fountain of information. He's been working in the reference department at Beatley for a loooong time. He's seen it all and is really wise when it comes to helping GSLIS students make the most out of their education and discover what part of the field they want to focus on. Yes, I'm probably biased after just taking a class with him. He knows the collection REALLY well, also he's a GSLIS alum. Who better to have a chat with than this awesome, friendly librarian?
Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
The Lump of Coal by Lemony Snicket
Little Tree by e.e. cummings