Archive for April, 2009


For my LIS 204: Introduction to Library and Information Science class, I am writing a paper on Information Overload.  Every time I told a friend or family member what I was working on, they were very interested (and commented on how timely it was for me considering that I have been juggling work information, school information, and new medical information as I deal with and try to understand my hearing loss).

For anyone else out there who is doing a little research on Information Overload, but is having trouble finding sources, check out the references that I used to write my paper here: Information Overload References.  Once I’ve finalized my paper I will post that on this site as well.

*Image taken from: http://www.gettingmoredone.net/images/desk.jpg.


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One of the tools that we will use while getting our MLS is Refworks.  Refworks is “an online research management, writing and collaboration tool — is designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies”.

Refworks is unfortunately not super intuitive the first time you use it.  Luckily, I am participating in this program with a wonderful cohort and they are all constantly sharing information and doing what they can to provide each other with support.  One of our members, Bruce, was kind enough to document what he learned about using Refworks and has agreed to let me post a tutorial he created on this blog for our entire cohort (and future cohorts) to use.  Please click here: refworks-101 to view the tutorial.  An additional tutorial created by Bruce can be accessed by clicking here:  refworks_102. Otherwise, these documents can be found under “My Documents” in the right tool bar.

Alternatively, you can check out the refworks guide provided by the St. John’s Library: http://libguides.stjohns.edu/RefWorks

Thanks again Bruce!


** Edited on 4-22-09 to add St. John’s Library Refworks guide and the second tutorial provided by Bruce.

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Did you know?

I came across an interesting YouTube video today about the progression of information, information technology and how fast things are changing in the world.  It seems to me that right now is a very good time to be studying to become a Librarian.

This video was researched by Karl Fisch & Scott McLeod, and remixed by Jeff Brenman.  I believe there is a newer edition.  Once I’ve located it, I will update this entry.

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Way back when I was still in law school, I took an advanced research class called “International and Foreign Law Research”.  This was a great class which introduced students to different resources available in different international forums, as well as different obstacles to obtaining international legal information and suggestions for getting around those obstacles.  As part of this class, we were all required to create a research guide for a specific audience.  I chose to write a guide for doing research on the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods.  To see the guide, click here, or follow the link under “My Documents” which is located in the right column.

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At the beginning of the Semester, we spent a significant amount of time discussing Management Theory in my Special Libraries and Information Centers class.   In conjunction with this discussion, we each researched either a key thinker, or a key idea in management theory and created PowerPoint presentations on what we learned.  I chose to present on the Managerial Grid and Jane S. Mouton, the lesser known of the Managerial Grid’s co-creators.

For more information, check out my PowerPoint presentation here or below.   Note: references for the PowerPoint presentation will be added at a later date.

Amelia, thanks for the tip on embedding the PowerPoint presentation into the blog!

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I began my Librarianship studies at St. Johns in January 2009 with approximately 20 other IMLS Scholars.   As a part of our program, we will all be taking 2 classes per semester for a total of 6 semesters.  Barring any disasters, I will be receiving my MLS in December 2010.

Currently, my classmates and I are enrolled in LIS 204: Introduction to Library and Information Science, taught by Dr. Kevin Rioux; and LIS 232: Special Libraries and Information Centers, taught by Dr. Katherine Shelfer.  For more information on what we are doing in these two classes, check out my other pages (they can be found at the top of this blog).

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I, as most people do, wear a lot of different hats in my life.  I am a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a securities lawyer, an adventurer, a reader, the list goes on.  In light of the economic turmoil and lack of job security, I’ve recently been thinking a lot about my professional life (or, if we want to continue with the analogy, my professional hat), and what I want to contribute to the world.  This internal dialogue lead me to the realization that I have found a lot of personal and professional enjoyment and satisfaction from sharing and helping people effectively access information.    Which brings me to where I am today.  In addition to all of the other roles I have taken on in my life, I am now also an MLS student, and IMLS Scholar at St. John’s University, studying to become a Librarian.

I am going to use this blog to chronicle my journey to becoming a Librarian, primarily by discussing the path that I, and my fellow IMLS scholars are on at St. Johns.  However, since I am so much more than just an aspiring Librarian, I will also include a lot of additional information in this blog that I find interesting.

I hope you all enjoy the ride, and find some interesting and helpful information here!

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