Mission MLIS Complete

August 28th, 2022 | Topic: Uncategorized | Author: | no responses |

Graduation Photo - Kent State University, August 20, 2022
Graduation Photo – Kent State University, August 20, 2022

It was an intense couple of years, but I made it. Before applying for my MLIS, I spent time investigating impressions about similar programs from various colleagues, acquaintances, blogs… even Reddit on occasion. My determination was that I should jump in and do this now, rather than regret it later in life. I look back, and can say without a doubt that it was the right decision.

Library and Information Science, I would quickly learn, encompasses so much more than I ever dreamed. It is a massive discipline, moving from its common association with Libraries, Archives, and Museums (LAMs) to more uncommon fields such as corporate information management, government archives, hospitals, instruction, and zoos. The expansiveness of the information landscape means there is a large mass of broad reaching theory to pour over. It was a lot to take in, but it was an important foundation and definitely changed my way of thinking.

As I progressed through the core course of the MLIS program at Kent State University, I had to make some decisions about what direction I was going to take my studies. I happened across a course, which I briefly blogged about, that piqued my interest in information organization, metadata, and linked data. I was unsure that it could be a professional direction for me, but I find I deeply enjoy the field.

I decided that even if it wasn’t something I would do professionally, metadata could still be something I worked with on the side. With that mindset, I went ahead and took more metadata and linked data classes, a decision I do not regret one bit.

I began a project in my Linked Data course (see zenlibrary.org/visualization) that I am going to continue working on. It was ambitious but met the assignment requirements by way of its design. I pushed it as far as I could, but it contains loads of bumps that need smoothed out. I would also like to expand upon it by adding a user interface to modify and filter the RDF data, perhaps even run live SPARQL queries constructed by web form POST input. I will continue to blog about this as I have significant updates.

I am glad to have completed my MLIS. The main impression I can share is that you get out what you put in. Stretch the papers, go outside the recommended readings, and find ways that the assignments fit into real world applications you are interested in. Once I was doing this, I saw the true value in the program.