I’ve always dreamed of being a librarian. In 2012, after years of working as a tutor, technical writer, and substitute teacher, and an inspirational trip to Washington, DC, I finally decided to take the plunge and go back to school. It has been a wild ride ever since and I haven’t regretted any single moment — not even the late night virtual study groups and nerve-racking oral presentations and the endless number of papers and assignments. In May, 2015, I received my Masters of Science from the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee, as well as teaching certificates from the TN and MI Departments of Education for teaching in school media centers in K-12 schools in those states. I am looking forward to working in a library of my own soon so I can put all I’ve learned into practice!
About This Blog
This blog started as an assignment for one of my MLIS classes, IS 571 – Resources & Services for Children. It was actually something I’d been wanting to do for years now, but hadn’t due to lack of discipline and time.
For the duration of the course, my posts focused on my reading/evaluation of the following formats/genres:
- Picture book – fiction or non-fiction
- Early/easy reader (Geisel Award winners, for example)
- Fiction (other than picture books)
- Non-fiction or informational (other than picture books)
- Graphic novel (Eisner Award winners, for example)
- Audiobook (Odyssey Award winners, for example)
- Video or movie (Carnegie Award winners, for example)
- Music CD, song collection, or video/DVD
- Blog – one that targets children’s librarians
- Magazine – either online or in print
But since then, I have expanded the blog to include my reading lists/notes for other courses. One particularly influential class was IS 590 – Picture Books Across the Curriculum, with Julie Danielson, for which I created its own page, PB&J. I have also created pages for a couple of collection development projects I completed during the program.