Monthly Archives: December 2013

Blogging not my forte

Everyone blogs! If you’re a librarian, you blog! Well, I’m a different librarian, or at least student-librarian. (Ah, yes…I discovered a little late in life that I had missed my vocation).

Anyway,  I just can’t seem to latch on to this blogging thing. I do keep a journal…couldn’t go without it. But using language in an entertaining manner for the public to read is not one of my talents. I was brought up half Afrikaans/half English, and this did not help my vocabulary and grammar. (Talking about being a different kind of librarian…do all librarians love cats? It seems that way! I don’t like cats. Yes, you read right…I DON’T LIKE CATS! Feels good to say it too. But then, there are those two that belong to my daughter and son-in-law, that have kind of crept into my heart!)

With 7/30 modules left to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Info Science, 2014 is going to be a slog; I’m doing Distance Learning through the University of South Africa. I should complete this in Dec 2014. Roll on 2015, when I can get out there in the ‘real’ library world, hopefully equipped to make a difference somewhere.  As an expat in Doha, Qatar, I have my eye on the VERY handsome, modern Qatar National Library. Aah, as they say, dreams are good friends!

This year the course focus is on subject organization, cataloging, classification, user needs, political economy of information and more. Also a practical portfolio to do.  I love cataloging…sounds crazy, but someone has to love it, right?! However, this course is designed to make you a ‘jack of all trades’.  We’ll see where my strength lies when I get out there. By nature, I love to help, to serve, and make things easier for others.  So maybe it will be reader guidance.

For now, though, bring on 2014!  Dying to get this year behind me.   I hope to keep a record of my experiences in this final year.  Cataloguing, here we go again!


Tools of the trade


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A year on…

To recap my experiences in the last year would not be difficult; it would just take several pages, even if I try to condense it! With 7/30 modules left before I finish this degree, I’m eager to usher in 2014, as I’ve registered for all 7.  This year the focus is on cataloguing and classification, info organisation & retrieval, research methodology in Info Science, political economy of information, serving the user, and last, but not least, building a practical portfolio. I really want to aim for a Cum Laude pass, but 2013 was not easy.  I was forced to take less subjects because of a change in personal circumstances.  Asperger’s  has been diagnosed in our family. Why didn’t we know before?  Well, probably because we’re South African and there was little awareness and education of the condition in our country until now.  But also because my son, diagnosed at 27, went undiagnosed by professionals throughout his life, so we were oblivious to the reason behind his learning and behavioural difficulties. His condition doesn’t show outwardly. Indeed he appears to be very “neuro-typical” (jargon for ‘normal’). A year ago he returned to live with us – after being out of the home for 8 years – having suddenly found himself paid off from work, misunderstood by friends and unable to cope with everyday living. Along with his diagnosis and subsequent rebuttals from family and friends (since they think we’re daft) came severe emotional stress and even trauma.  It’s not easy for an adult to know he must move in with mom and dad, nor is it easy for us to adapt to having a dependent again.  Helping him cope with his diagnosis has been hard, but not as hard as the scepticism and betrayal from those closest to us as we are labeled ‘helicopter parents’!

But, moving on, his diagnosis has made us aware that my husband is also an Aspie (a person with Asperger’s).  That revelation answered years of questions and confusion.  One day, if I have the time, I will begin a blog on what it was like being married to an undiagnosed Aspie!  By God’s grace we are still together, 34 yrs later.  Somewhat of the struggle is depicted in this website.

And so…to my studies.  I have begun a refresher course online for cataloguing and classification, offered by Idaho Commission for Libraries. Good reminder of important points.  My last cataloguing experience was in 2012.

2014, I welcome you!  I am tired… tired of DL, tired of essays, tired of examination stress, but would I do it again? YES! I have enjoyed the experience, am learning much, and am really eager to get out there in 2015.  I won’t try to volunteer this year…don’t think I’ll have the time.  However, next year, God willing, I will have completed my studies and ready to take up the learning experience working in a library. Hopefully, full time. Bring it on!

So, let’s do this…2014 here I come.

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