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.
I did a ton of studying and want to especially thank my two classmates, Jenn Magdaloyo and Ellie Seaton for studying with me. I also had some great support from friends and family... Mahalo to Sifu, Rich, Roxanne, Karma, Keala, Dee, and Ellie K. Also, I have to thank my workplace and HoMA internship supervisors for giving me time off leading into the exam and also for allowing me to bounce my thoughts about the exam off them: Eleanor Kleiber, Stu Dawrs, and Dawn Sueoka.
If you're interested in seeing the questions I had to answer, look at the archives scenarios in this document. I also found the Special Libraries test to be pretty tempting, but wasn't sure if I needed to take the archives exam to get my archival studies certificate.
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