The Newsletter of the Association of Library and Information Science Students
[Formerly the Sojourner]
All You Ever Wanted to Know About Fieldwork
Students who participate in Directed Fieldwork (LIS 590) consistently rank it as one of the most worthwhile courses the School offers. The official catalog description of the four credit course is brief: "Minimum of 200 hours of professional, supervised fieldwork in a library or professional information agency." The Information Handbook for Students goes into further detail: "GSLIS recognizes the value of work experience in a real-life setting. Ideally, this should provide an opportunity to understand the concepts studied in the classroom and also to apply the skills which have been learned. One of the most successful components of the program leading to the Master of Librarianship is the course LIS 590."
Fieldwork at Vancouver Public Library
On a visit to Vancouver last winter, I fell in love with their new downtown library, especially the children's department. So I told the librarian at the desk -- who turned out to be the head of the department -- about the UW field study program, and about my interest in children's and young adult services and in possibly doing fieldwork at VPL. After some back-and-forth between VPL and UW, I ended up doing my field study there last summer and having a terrific time. I spent 6 weeks there, working on a variety of projects involving children's and young adult services and collections.
Fieldwork at Portland State University
Since I am from Portland, I did my fieldwork at Portland State University during the summer of 1996. I wanted to work on the Business/Government Documents desk but that department already had someone, so I ended up on the Social Science/Education desk. I was nervous about that because I hadn't taken a reference course in that area.
Interview with Allyson Carlyle
Update on Everything
the more things change, the more they stay the same
Alumni Representative Report
Project Network will be on Friday, May 2nd, 1997 at approximately 6pm.
The Graduate and Professional Student Senate held a meeting on March 12. A complete copy of the minutes can be viewing at http://www.grad.washington.edu/gpss/1996-7files/meetings.htm. The following are some highlights of the meeting:
Dr. Herman Totten to Visit Summer 97
Herman Totten, Regents Professor at the School of Library and Information Sciences of the University of North Texas, will be visiting UW GSLIS this Summer to teach a 598 course on Information Resources and Services in Culturally Diverse Communities. He is fondly remembered as a very enjoyable teacher by our own Assistant to the Director, Judith Nyman-Schaaf. You can find out more about Dr. Totten and see what he looks like by checking out the web page at http://www-lan.unt.edu/slis/school/faculty/totten2.htm.
Edited by Kathleen E. Bennett (last updated 4/04/97)
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