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I finished! 6 semesters + 12 classes = 1 Masters of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) from the University of Alabama. I’m so proud of this accomplishment that I’m using this digital space for my portfolio.

First, is a list of courses I took during my time at the University of Alabama.

LS 500 Organization of Information, with Burgess
LS 501 Introduction to Library and Information Studies, with Yates
LS 502 Research Methods, with Adams
LS 507 User Centered Information Services (Reference), with Burgess
LS 509 Online and on campus Orientation
LS 508 Management Theory and Practice, with Yates
LS 510 Information Resources: Humanities, with Gold
LS 523 Materials and Services for Adults, with Stephenson
LS 521 Materials and Services for Children, with Naidoo
LS 543 Traditional and Digital Storytelling, with Naidoo
LS 560 Introduction to Information Technology, with Bonicci
LS 580 Outreach to Diverse Populations, with Naidoo
LS 590 Curating Digital Culture, with Sutherland

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For the final two classes I created a Libguide and digital exhibits. Check out my digital exhibits using Omeka on the history of the Fairhope Public Library and the Fairhope Public Librarians.

For the Humanities Reference course I had the opportunity to create a Libguide. For those who don’t know, a Libguide is a one-stop shop online subject guide created by librarians for researchers and students.

The Libguide for Fairhope focuses on how the Fairhope Public Library, Fairhope Single Tax Corporation, and The Organic School were responsible for the city’s unique and Utopian beginnings.

Family

I created two more photo boxes for family members. Three nieces, a nephew, a close family friend, and now I’ve added an aunt and a newfound cousin. The photo boxes  are curated and usually handwritten. This time, I’ve created two videos using some of the skills I learned in a Digital Storytelling class last summer. I’m still new to iMovie, and the sound mix is not good at all, but they do capture some wonderful memories in words, images, and video.  My cousin Charlie Walouke found me through this space when I mentioned my grandmother Mary Walouke. I’ve rounded up some family photos, documents, and even a video for the Samry-Walouke Digital Story.

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My mom took this photo in July, 1955. Left to right: my dad, Francis, his dad Joseph Samry, Joe Walouke, Janet Midura, Mrs. Stonkas (Anna’s Mother), Stanley Midura, Evelyn Midura, Anna Stonkas Walouke, Sophie Walouke Midura, Rose Walouke, and Mary Walouke, my dad’s mom.

 

For the Maymester, which is just three weeks, I took Traditional and Digital Storytelling (LS 543). Here’s a link to my digital story, Why is My Hero a Villain?

My management class (LS 508) centered around leadership and leadership styles, so this is a digital story of My Leadership Philosophy.

Finally, and the most fun, was the read aloud I recorded for one of my favorite picture books, The Day the Crayons Quit, by Drew Daywalt.

 

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Two Classes To Go!

Three Classes in two months = One Crazy Summer. It’s done, and my GPA is still intact. For the Maymester, which is just three weeks, I took Traditional and Digital Storytelling (LS 543). Here’s a link to my digital story, Why is My Hero a Villain?

Summer one was a five week whirlwind that began the day after Memorial Day. My management class (LS 508) centered around leadership, so this is my digital story of My Leadership Philosophy.

Finally, and the most fun, was the read aloud I recorded for one of my favorite picture books, The Day the Crayons Quit, by Drew Daywalt.

Only two classes left and the fall semester begins August 21, so I’ve got a few weeks to relax. Enjoy your summer!

Past the Point of No Return

I am officially past the halfway mark to earning my MLIS! 7 classes down, 5 to go!
Here’s what I’ve taken:
LS 500 Organization of Information, with Burgess
LS 501 Introduction to Library and Information Studies, with Yates
LS 502 Research Methods, with Adams
LS 507 User Centered Information Services (Reference), with Burgess
LS 523 Materials and Services for Adults, with Stephenson
LS 560 Introduction to Information Technology, with Bonicci
LS 580 Outreach to Diverse Populations, with Naidoo
Classes to take:
Maymester 2017
LS 543 Traditional and Digital Storytelling, with Naidoo
Summer I 2017
LS 508 Management Theory and Practice, with Yates
LS 521 Materials and Services for Children, with Naidoo
Fall 2017 (Tentative)
LS 582 Race Gender and Sexuality in LIS, with Sweeney
LS 590 Curating Digital Culture, with Sutherland
December 2017: Graduation!

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Research and Timeline – Blog 21

Sunday November 26, 2016
As part of my undergraduate degree (Interdisciplinary Studies University of South Alabama) I was required to take a research methods class. This class, just like the previous, allows you to do all the preliminary work by getting all the ducks in a row so you can focus on the research, which was mostly reading for my BA, which was called Stumps, Peg Legs, and Prosthetics. I’ve also done extensive research on The Cape Cod House, structural clay tile, and I’m presently at work on my manuscript, Stump The Librarian: A amputee’s guide to libraries and leg-ends.

So here’s a first crack at a schedule for handing in sections of my directed research paper.
First off, this blog site (alansamry.wordpress.com) will be re-purposed for journaling (one entry per week) about the organization of the archive for digitizing, the reading and research process, and for general updates and Ah Ha moments!

Introduction/Single Tax Draft 1-January 31
Marie Howland Draft 2- February 14
Lydia Comings Draft 3- March 7
Mary Heath Lee Draft 4- March 21
Anna Braune, Mrs Rolland Carr, and complete draft 5- April 4
Final Paper Due- Friday April 28

Cut, Rewrite, Narrow-20

November 25, 2016

While drafting the conference proposal I used the techniques in the title. First I simply cut entire chunks from all parts of the proposal. Lots from the lit review and the methods section was slashed. Having done some major cutting, lots of rewriting was necessary. In my rewrites, I was still including all of the Fairhope librarians within the proposal. However, it just seemed to wide a scope, even for a directed study. So I reviewed again what was most important that I wanted to learn. It turns out that the earlier years are far more fascinating.. However, the transition of the operation of the library from single tax to the city of Fairhope was a major change, so I wanted to include it. In doing so, I sacrificed many later librarians, including Claire Oaks, who’s story I still want to tell, but probably not as part of this “proposal” or directed study I’m taking in January.

I’m sure this is probably not the end of my revisions to what is now my outline for my directed study. I’m planning on adding a schedule/timeline over the break. Still not entirely sure where the research will take me, and that’s part of the challenge, and dare I say, the fun!

Change – For The Better? -19

November 17, 2016

I read an article that a cohort member put on Fb about the changes in public library.
“Office Hours: Open to Change” is in the November 15, 2016 Library Journal. At the Gwinnett County Public Library, (Lawrenceville, GA) they have done away with the reference desk and employees are now floating around the library with iPads. This concept, though not really new, used to freak me out. Now that I’m nearing the halfway mark through library school I’m learning to accept it. The idea, at least, still not sure what would happen if my library took my desk and chair away. This reference news, however, is trivial compared to what this library branch did to expand their hours of operation. Open+ is a program that they have adopted from UK libraries that, through the use of cameras the library is open in the mornings, unstaffed. Yep, you got that right, nobody in the building except patrons use get a passcode to enter the building. It’s sort of like those 24 hour gyms, except you can come to read, use a computer, print out a boarding pass, or check out books on their self-serve checkout system. Still mulling this ‘change’ over.