Being a contractor means you are part of a package. Contracting firms bid on positions and present candidates as part of the bid. In my case, I started as a contractor/librarian at the end of June, serving the NOAA PIFSC as an employee of Lynker Technologies, LLC. I filled the position of the outgoing librarian and served the contract to the end – which was today. It was a part-time position. I have no complaints about working with Lynker, but they didn't win the contract for the new full-time librarian/archivist position that begins tomorrow.
Tomorrow, I will begin my first day as an employee for an entirely new company: SMRC.
I can't really write too much else about it. The one thing I can say is I certainly learned a lot and think I will be better-prepared for future negotiations. The entire process was a good learning experience.
My foray into grant writing has yielded one bona fide submission of a completed grant proposal. I learned a lot. I sincerely hope the grant gets awarded because it would be a great contribution to scholarship by creating open access editions of some out of print backlist items that are no longer available – but win or lose – it was a valuable (albeit stressful) experience. I hope to write more grants in my future career as a librarian/archivist. Mahalo to UH Press for giving me a chance to do this for them!
Yesterday, I created my first-ever original bibliographic catalog record! I've been fortunate to volunteer in the past with the HoMA Archives and Collections Department, and am currently spending Saturdays in the museum's beautiful Robert Allerton Art Library. I'm lucky I can volunteer on Saturdays with Ellie Kim, who has been a great teacher and colleague. I'm discovering that I enjoy cataloging! I wasn't sure whether or not I would, and I do! This has been an invaluable experience since the recent NOAA position I got requires me to catalog. It took me almost 3 hours to create my first original record, but time flew as I analyzed this work by Japanese artist Ryojun Shirasaki!
It's extremely surreal to me ... but I've had the sudden great fortune of becoming a bona fide Librarian. I'm officially an employee of Lynker Technologies LLC, working at NOAA PIFSC in the IRC on Ford Island. I have to thank Thumy Webb, a fellow LIS alum I've always admired (and the outgoing NOAA Librarian) for all her help in this amazing opportunity.
My student position in the University Library's Pacific Collection these past 2+ years was coming to an end, and I had nothing lined up. Then luckily, through a random series of events, I found myself in a part-time position as the new Development and Digital Projects Specialist at the UH Press, just a little over a week before graduation. (For other graduates out there still looking, don't forget to look at HirenetHawaii.com for casual hire positions.) I'm enjoying the people and the atmosphere at the Press and find all of it stimulating and interesting. Katherine, who I'm replacing, is someone I highly respect (and also graduated with this semester). She's been making the transition a lot easier by showing me the essentials. I really wanted this position because it involves grant writing. I am so thankful to have this opportunity! Since this is a part-time position, I still need one more part-time job to pay the bills. I am really excited to be working here, and think itʻd be fantastic if I could work in a library or archives environment as a second part-time job.
On Friday, March 17th, I took the final oral exam required for all UH Manoa LIS graduate students who chose not to do the thesis option. We were given a list of questions in advance to choose from, and asked to present based on a particular track/area of study. No notes were allowed, and any citations made (some are required) had to be memorized.
The exam was a good exercise which provided a platform to reflect upon my education over the last 2.5 years and present it to a board of 2 faculty members. In addition to coursework, I drew upon my experiences at various internships, working in the Pacific Collection, and looking for other resources when I needed more info. I took the archives exam, and am happy I passed.
As a student member of the Hawaiʻi Pacific Chapter of the Medical Library Association, one of the things I enjoy the most is being offered opportunities for professional development. I joined HPC-MLA last semester, while interning with the Health Sciences Library of the John A. Burns School of Medicine. In March, we had the opportunity to take an online course entitled Discovering Toxnet, comprised of 12 modules featuring different databases related to environmental health and toxicology. As a short-lived Chemistry major, this was pretty darn fun for me. I ended up doing all 12 modules (only one of them was mandatory). I'll be receiving a continuing education certificate, but mainly did it for fun and to learn something new. Unfortunately, there are very few medical library jobs here in Hawaii (to my knowledge). All the medical librarian's I've I've met here are fantastic. I enjoyed the modular design of the course, in addition to the moodle environment which is also used by Library Juice Academy courses. Especially helpful, were the discovery exercises and the hands-on tutorials which utilized Guide on the Side, which I really liked (and had some previous experience with creating tutorials for JABSOM HSL). The instructors: Molly Knapp, Rebecca Brown, and Jessi Van Der Volgen constructed and facilitated a great learning experience.
Below are links to all the tutorials (no login required) for this course:
Yay! I made it through. After 6 months of courses with Library Juice Academy, I completed my goal of learning more about Linked Data and the semantic web, earning a Certificate in XML and RDF-Based Systems. Instructor Rob Chavez deserves a big mahalo for his thoughtfully laid-out lessons and assignments. I didn't continue with Sparql II or Sparql III, primarily because my current semester and the upcoming oral examination I need to pass in March is taking huge amounts of time and effort, but I hope to take more professional development courses in the future. I'll write more about my current internships, work, and the oral exams in another post. In the meantime, thanks for stopping by!
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