A final reflection

Wow. While I am relieved this semester is finally coming to an end, I really don’t want this class to end. Since starting this program over two years ago, my life has been a series of ups and downs: divorce, a brief period of homelessness, identity theft, unemployment, getting hit by a car, and my dad having a stroke. Several times throughout all of that, I have considered dropping out of the program. However, throughout my studies, I have had the opportunity to meet a number of great people, and to take some life changing classes that have always brought me back to my senses. This class, in particular, has been the highlight of my career so far.

This class reminded me lesson-after-lesson, week-after-week that this is where I need to be. This field has HEART. Whether you have practical experience in libraries, or are just like me, still only students–I said it in my virtual symposium post– @Michael @kyle and the rest of you are the most creative, kind, genuine, and inspiring people I’ve come across.

I’m going to spend Winter Break focusing on one thing: being a better person. This means being healthier, being happier, being more creative, and doing everything with heart. I don’t look at finishing this class as being a void. While I will miss everyone’s colorful and creative posts, the great readings we had (they didn’t feel like “assignments”), and watching Michael and Kyle’s lectures in 2.00X speed (if you haven’t tried it, you should before you leave this class), I feel like I am able to take what I have learned and practice and participate to become a better librarian when I finally reach that point.

Thank you everyone for a wonderful semester

❤ James


Virtual Symposium: The Best of…Everyone

The Hyperlinked Library Cat

The Hyperlinked Library Cat

For the Virtual Symposium, I had originally thought about doing a “best of” post. While I feel this class inspired me to tap back into my creative side, as I looked back at my posts I noticed something. That something was that I really learned more from everyone involved in this class. @Michael , @kyle, and everyone else really influenced how this class evolved throughout the semester. You all are some of the most creative, fun, and caring people I’ve encountered.

So for my presentation, I went back through some of the highlights from the semester. Not just from me, but from each of you. I created a Prezi using word clouds created from excerpts from your posts to give us an idea of how we have all particpated in this effort. The link to the Prezi is below (sorry, having technical difficulties today, and couldn’t get the Prezi to show).