My name’s Connie, I’m a graduate student attending the School of Information at the University of South Florida. What got me into library school is the realization that librarianship is an ever changing profession. After graduating from Florida Atlantic University, I had no idea what I wanted to do for my Master’s degree, when I learned about the USF School of Information online program I was intrigued by the possibilities of the field, and by the fact that library and information science graduates don’t necessarily have to work in a library. So, I took my chances and signed up for the program with the intention of focusing on the technical side of the field. Now that I’m half way through it I am kind of questioning whether I’ve made the right decision or not, I hear complaints from former library school students almost every day on how there are no jobs for library and information science graduates and how everyone is entering the field unprepared. I am, however, not a quitter; I will complete my program and earn my Master’s degree.
My goal for this blog is to analyze the issues surrounding the field of librarianship. I’m primarily going to be looking at emerging technologies and technical issues (e.g. Internet privacy) and how librarians and information professionals can get involved. I will also look at the criticisms surrounding library education and how library and information science programs can be improved. This blog is still in its development phase so things are subject to change (e.g. appearance, content, topics, etc.), however, if anyone has any suggestions on what I should write about feel free to contact me. Suggestions on how to improve my blog are also welcome.