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!
During my internship this summer at Smithsonian Libraries, I was introduced to Linked Data concepts through a NISO vitual conference on BIBFRAME & Real World Applications of Linked Bibliographic Data, and some other meetings and discussions with members of the Digital Programs and Initiatives Division. Alvin Hutchinson recommended Library Juice Academy to the interns as a possible way to supplement our current academic curriculum if we were interested in learning more. In August, I registered for the first course (of six) in a series that awards a Certificate in XML and RDF-Based Systems. All courses in this series are taught by Robert Chavez, who puts together month-long courses broken down into weekly modules with readings, examples, and assignments. Successful completion of each course allows you to progress towards the certificate. I definitely feel a greater understanding of these concepts largely attributed to Robert's course materials. I just registered for the final course in the series and if all goes well, should be getting a certificate next year. I'm willing to pay the extra money to learn concepts that aren't currently being taught at my own school and have enjoyed the experience so far!
One of my hobbies is lifelong learning. I'm currently enrolled as a full time graduate student in the LIS program at UH Manoa, and also tackling an Intro to Drawing, studio art course at Kapiolani Community College, with Professor Kloe Kang. It's a lot of work -- taking about 8-10 hours out of my schedule each week. We're trying to draw in a very realistic style in this course. We've been working on a still life for two classes this week, and I have about 2 or 3 more hours I think I need to sink into it. I'm finding drawing to be very analytical, and it feels like new neurons truly are being created as I strain my brain on some of my pieces. One reason I want to be an academic librarian in the UH system someday, is so I can take classes for free, and earn a second advanced degree.
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