CPD23 Hiatus: MLS journey

Well, I am back on the MLS Bandwagon, while admitting that I have abandoned CPD23 Thing Challenge. I am prideful to the notion that I finish most things that I have started.  The thorn in my side lately has been that I haven’t finished my MLS degree. While on CPD23 Hiatus, I have been working hard to position myself to finish my MLS program.  Now readers before your eye pop out your sockets- let me share with you, my MLS school journey.

Remember that feeling of not knowing what you wanted to be growing up? Well for me—I always knew I wanted to help others, but never knew to what capacity. During my last semester in undergrad, while writing a research paper and completing an independent study bibliographic guide, I discovered a love for finding information. It took me a couple of years in the social services field to realize that my time could be better spent educating clients about nutrition, wellness, healthy lifestyle management through finding resources. My intellectual curiosity for searching for information led me to an information session on library schools. It was during that time that I ‘bought’ into the idea of becoming an ‘Information Ninja’. [Wait, don’t cue the symphonic harmonies yet]. I had no idea that that the next two years of my life would play out as one faculty member suggested. In my first MLS lecture, the professor said something that now reasonates with me, ‘In the undergraduate years, YOU get in the way. During graduate school, LIFE GETS IN THE WAY.’ Nothing could be farthest from the truth. Half way through my program, I encountered some health challenges that prevented me from achieving my MLS within a two year period. Despite this minor setback, I am ready again to resume the challenge of tackling the MLS program.

Even though I do not have the credentials, I won’t let that discourage my focus. So my advice for people who may feel unmotivated, hopeless, or defeated; please know that you are not alone. NEVER give up on your dreams. I leave you with a couple of references regarding professional development.

Reflections on Mentoring–  By Tixylix

Professional Advice– By Academic Librarian

Charting My Professional Journey  By Joeyanne Libraryanne

Welcome Aboard

In the spirit of this first posting, I would like to share a thought-provoking quote by the late President John F. Kennedy…”We should not let our fears hold us back from pursuing our hopes.”  I chose this quote because it has become my new mantra. As a current distant education LIS graduate student, there are a lot of issues one has to manage in order to complete the degree. Each semester, I make time to evaluate my skills and knowledge gained from my courses. I find that this is very important method to use in order to stay relevant to the library and information profession.

It is my hope that this blog serves as a sounding board to address the concerns [fears] that me and my peers have in the area of library and information sciences. Variegated Stacks will evaluate current literature in the area of Web 2.0 technologies, diversity initiatives, and career trends for recent graduates. My lifelong passionate for learning, technology, and research makes librarianship a logical career choice.

The idea behind the name Variegated Stacks serves as a metaphor…the idea that within every library collection, the content of each book is sprinkled with differences.