Continuing Education

Let’s face it no program will cover everything we need to learn and at the rate our digital age is progressing every year it is all we can do to keep up personally let alone professionally. I can say that I began my pursuit of continuing education while I was still working on my MLS. Most of it was free online self paced courses through the University of North Texas’ LE@D program that is currently in funding limbo. Another course was an online workshop on Metadata through Lyrasis. Each class helped me verify what I already knew like an internal self check system as well as added to my knowledge base.

My Archives Studies Certificate covered the basics of archives Continue reading Continuing Education

In Case of Emergency . . .

The Highland City Library opened in October 2008 without any kind of emergency plan. One year later I started my MLS journey a semester early with a Preservation Strategies course taught by preservation librarian Randy Silverman of the University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library. This course piqued my interest, which ultimately lead to me obtaining an Archives Studies Certificate.

The one thing I took from the course in preservation was that libraries (and archives) are charged with protecting their collections from environmental or human damage. Continue reading In Case of Emergency . . .

The Great Utah ShakeOut 2012

In November 2011 I attended an Alliance for Response workshop which matched emergency and cultural managers throughout the state in finding ways to respond to emergencies including fires, floods, and earthquakes. My interest stems from my preservation course with Randy Silverman, Preservation Librarian at the University of Utah and Emporia State Instructor who also hosted the event. I learned a variety of things that day including that our library really needed an emergency plan. But that is another post.

The best thing I learned at the workshop was that Utah was going to participate in a statewide earthquake on April 17, 2012 appropriately titled The Great Utah ShakeOut. Continue reading The Great Utah ShakeOut 2012

The Para Archivist and the Light Bulb

In December 2011 I graduated with my MLS and an Archives Studies Certificate. For the past three years I have been working as a paraprofessional Library Assistant at Highland City Library in Utah. In September 2011 I began interning/volunteering at Utah Valley University Archives. Currently my days are filled with part-time work and part-time volunteering with an hour at the gym in the evenings and thankfully weekends off. Nights are dedicated to finding full time professional work as an Archivist. Here and there I make time for additional training workshops and conferences.

Last week I became depressed Continue reading The Para Archivist and the Light Bulb