I decided to write up a list of courses I’ve taken as a MLIS student, in part for myself and resume building but also for others who may be considering what to take at FIMS. I took a multidisciplinary approach instead of streamlining in a single area, trying to create a broad realm of knowledge to bring into the job hunting process. If you have any questions about these courses or instructors, send me a message.
- 9001 Perspectives on Library and Information Science, instructed by Louis D’Alton
- 9002 Information Organization, Curation and Access, instructed by Victoria Rubin
- 9003 Information Sources and Services, instructed by Paulette Rothbauer
- 9004 Research Methods and Statistics, instructed by Pam McKenzie
- 9005 Managing and Working in Information Organizations
- 9203 Records Management, instructed by Carolynn Bart-Riedstra
- 9313 Electronic Resources Management, instructed by Catherine Johnson
- 9315 Collection Management, instructed by Don Wicks
- 9319 Science, Technology & Medical Information, instructed by Stephen Coulstring
- 9320 Consumer Health Information, instructed by Jill McTavish
- 9364 Young Adult Materials, instructed by Paulette Rothbauer
- 9514 Information Management, instructed by Melanie Sucha and Cabot Yu
- 9650 Special Libraries, instructed by Robert Craig
- 9673 Archival Description, instructed by Lutzen Riedstra
- 9723 Web Design and Architecture, instructed by Gord Nickerson
This term I took Web Design and Architecture, Collections Management, Electronic Resources Management, Science Medical and Technology Information, and Young Adult Materials. I was happy with my selections, although I am ultimately disappointed I can’t take more courses at Western. The classes coming up in the Winter term look absolutely amazing – including prospect research, which I would have been very happy to take.
I’ve had my last class, and I am now a graduate of the Masters of Library and Information Science program at Western University. It’s been a long year, with some trials and tribulations. But I’m happy to have accomplished a masters and looking forward to beginning the job hunt.
Ending school is a bit of an adjustment for me, as I’ve been in school consistently for as long as I can remember. I like the structure school brings, and I like being busy. Multitasking can be daunting at times, but on the whole I enjoy it. And of course, I love learning new things. I’ll confess I’ve already been looking at professional certifications I could do next – project management and health information are the most interesting to me.
But for right now, I’m going to take a break from formal education and focusing my sights on some practical experience. I’ve so far applied for many public libraries, non-profit organizations, and other positions to build my skills and begin my professional career. It will be stressful, but I’m excited to begin working (and saving for some important life milestones too).
While my applications begin rolling out, I’m going to be continuing my education using the databases I still have access to at Western and new resources available to me through Ontario Library Association (OLA). I also am registering for the OLA Super Conference, and I’m excited to begin networking and learning more about my field!