I’ve finished my courses for the term, officially. I just submitted a Pathfinder for Information Sources (Reference Librarian class) on American Southern Cooking. It was really tricky since it had to include almanacs, yearbooks, handbooks, encyclopedias, directories, indexes and the like. With cooking you basically have magazines, books, television programs and some websites. But I dug through and found enough things to list so tonight I just added a few more sources, annotated what I had and submitted it. I was only one day and 15 minutes late on it too – that’s not too bad.
I ended up with a 950 out of 1000 in my Children’s and YA Literature class as well so my grades should be pretty good. I want to apply for membership to Epsilon Omega Epsilon (EOE) in January. I missed the deadline this term so I want to make sure to join before I graduate in May. I’ll be able to use the insignia on my cover letters and mention my membership in my resume. Not too shabby.
Knowing that I’ll be graduating in May next year makes me very relieved. I honestly am not going to be interested in getting into another college program now that I’m a married woman with a life to live. Before it was just me and trying to get whatever head knowledge and skills I could to get put into some kind of career that I could stay in. Now that I’ll have my Professional Teaching Certificate in Florida and my MLS degree I will be armed with the tools I need to get into a School Librarian position, should one come up. Granted, as I said last post, there are stipulations for becoming a teacher in the UK that differs vastly to the requirements from state to state. That’s one thing I may have to get into – more teacher training. But no more Master’s degree programs for me for a while at least, until I really have to get one. I just hope I won’t end up needing an IT degree – I don’t know if I could deal with that much techy coursework.
Now, again, the thing I don’t love about the library degree is that it’s just a lot of fact-finding. That’s the main reason why I’m glad it’ll be over. The course work offers little for creativity. Granted there is some when we have to create pretend events or new programs at the library. But just talking about the surface of the book and not analyzes the contents and how we can use them is dull after a while. Now, the Children’s and YA Lit class really gave me the room to read, analyze and discuss how I’d use the books in library or school situations. That’s what made me really think I wanted to work at the School Library. It also means there won’t just be a public service vibe to my job. I understand that it’s more than that, but when I was volunteering I just felt like I was back at Winn-Dixie again, ringing up people’s groceries and giving them money for their returned items. Plus, when it’s public domain you get the odd balls whom, yes, I sympathize with, but I don’t want to have situations again where I have to call the police because some random person stole some random item off the shelf. I’ve done that way before I had an education and I’ve no interest in going back there. (Even though I probably will when I have to gather up some experience at the public library next year.)
Anyway, so Christmas break for me is here and I couldn’t feel less Christmassy. There’s a slim chance I’ll get an approval email on my Visa next Monday or Tuesday but if not, that means I won’t be going over to be with Steve until after the holidays. Complete bummer. If this were April or something and there wasn’t much going on aside from Easter, I wouldn’t feel as bad but Christmas is a biggy and we still have not spent our first Christmas together as a married couple. Again, major bummer but by going over after the holidays the flights and delays and crowds will be less of hassle to deal with so there is a bright side to this after all.