((Sorry for the previous confusion! I’ve fixed it. My name is Bree, for the record. 🙂 ))
I’ve been looking forward to taking a class with Dr. Stephens since my first semester when he acted as a guest lecturer in INFO 200. He was so kind, engaging, and really seemed to have a lot of knowledge about more technological aspects of the field that I’ve become increasingly drawn to. I’m really excited to get started with the course content and delve into the mechanics of this vibrant, interconnected, and digital library world.
This is my final semester in the program and I don’t think I’ve quite figured out exactly where my interests lie within LIS. My background and undergraduate education are in classical piano performance, so music librarianship has definitely appealed to me – particularly orchestra or opera librarianship. I’m also very interested in music history (I actually intended to go straight into musicology after undergrad, but this program came into my sights first!). I even worked very briefly as an orchestra librarian for my city’s symphony orchestra, but that was so different from any typical sort of library job that even after leaving, I still was very much inexperienced. It’s a bit difficult in part because I haven’t really had much previous library experience (apart from my brief, nonstandard job) and I’m still very new to the field. Additionally, I’ve been housebound for quite some time now and I worry that my need to work from home will negatively impact any prospective job opportunities that may come my way. This, in addition to my concern for equitable information access, has led to my involvement in transcription services. I’m very interested by the prospect of incorporating my transcription work with any future LIS work that may come along – haven’t exactly figured out how they might come together, though.
In any case, I’m hoping to acquire a bit more clarity and direction this semester so that I can really have a plan of action once I graduate at the end of the year. Wish me luck, I suppose!