At the end of August, I was lucky enough to be invited to present a poster at the CILIP Cataloguing and Indexing Group biennial conference. This year, the theme was ‘Innovation and Discovery’, and for my own contribution I decided to create a poster* based on my metadata research proposal for my final module last semester. You can view details of the conference here, including copies of all the papers and posters which were presented. It took place over three days at the University of Swansea’s brand new Bay Campus, so with my newly-printed poster safely ensconced in a cardboard tube, I trundled over to Wales on the train to attend the first two days of events.
It’s been a long time with no update, which of course means things have been pretty busy over the last few months. The good news is that I’ve finished the second year of my Masters, passing all the modules (phew!), and so now I can count myself as a holder of a Postgraduate Diploma in Information Management! The last couple of modules were very challenging but also very relevant to the work which I hope to engage in over the coming years.
Well, with another semester over with and the next about to begin on Monday, it must be time for another update. It’s been a busy few months as usual!
It’s always great when you can incorporate your interests and passions into your work. The assignment for the Knowledge Organisation module last semester required me to construct a classification system for the corporate knowledge of an imaginary establishment. This is sometimes known as a corporate taxonomy, and it’s really a way of organising all the different kinds of information needed to perform the functions of a particular organisation or department. The taxonomy should also provide a way to present and disseminate relevant information to those who interact with it, whether they are internal staff or members of the public. For the purposes of this assessment, we could either invent a fictitious organisation or use an existing one as a guide. This is where I got excited…! I had chosen the scenario of a cultural establishment open to the public, and thought that a museum would make a good example…
Yes, results are finally in and I’m relieved to say that I’ve passed the first year! I could exit now with a graduate certificate, but I’m opting to carry on to the next year for the diploma, and then hopefully onto the final year for the full masters. That means that in September it’s going to start all over again, but hopefully this time with a bit more knowledge and experience under my belt.
Sometimes it’s easy to see libraries, archives, museums etc., and by extension library and information studies, as somewhat of an outdated concept. Many feel that they are part of a previous, analogue age in which everything was physical, with very few computers involved in day to day processes, and as such are irrelevant to today’s electronic, virtual data world. This feeling is sometimes expressed in less than diplomatic terms. When I was first researching information studies with a view to starting this course, I came across this article from Forbes. The bold headline, proclaiming contemptuously “No. 1 Worst Master’s Degree For Jobs: Library and Information Science” isn’t exactly the kind of thing a budding information professional wants to see. Yet, when you dig deeper, the actual reasons for this pessimism turn out to be the fact that a) librarians work in libraries (umm…) and b) information professionals ‘only’ earn “$57,600 mid-career”. Well, I think we can all safely say that we didn’t decide to do this to get rich!
Well, this blog has suffered a small lapse! What with starting my course in September, reading what felt like hundreds of books’ worth of materials and completing two 3000-word assignments, there hasn’t been a lot of time left over. However, with Christmas out of the way I’m now between semesters, so I finally have a bit more time for an update before the next one starts in February.