A Library Student Community??

File this in the why-didn’t-I-think-of-it category.

A fellow library school student, Librarienne writes:

We need a wiki by, about, and for library school students . . . in which we give each other a heads up about schools, classes, starting new jobs and so forth.  UIUC’s GSLIS has a great set of online bulletin boards for everyone to post questions and answers about job stuff, but there’s no way we would start comparing notes on classes because we know the faculty read those boards as much as – if not more than – the students. And those boards can only be accessed by folks with a GSLIS login.  Seems like a similar resource for the larger library student community would be a simple thing to set up, and having a larger base of participants might make it easier for students to give honest anonymous feedback about their programs.  As far as populating it with info, this is where having so few schools to choose from will be to our benefit.

I think this is a wonderful idea. Finding information out about graduate programs can be both a cinch – and a hassle. There is a dearth of topical and/or generic information about library school programs. However, you can’t get an accurate feel for a program’s climate from promotional materials. I know that there were questions that I didn’t ask; information that I didn’t find out. There are important details that one can only truly discover by actually attending the program or by talking to others in the program.

Right now I am obsessed by finding tools to help students connect to each other – especially distance students. This might be the perfect venue for that could allow for social interaction by library students from all over the world and also allow smaller communities from specific cools to develop. The possibilities seem endless . . . . . . . . .


7 Responses to A Library Student Community??

  1. Sarah says:

    What an excellent idea! I’m actually starting my MISt degree in the fall and would really appreciate the opportunity to share resources, experiences, and ideas about library school. One place to look for other LIS/MISt students worldwide who might be interested in this as well would be the LiveJournal Library School community, where is located here —


  2. Jeremy says:

    http://learninglibrarians.net ? I put this up for my students this semester, but it has other users.

  3. epist says:

    Jennifer, I’d love to collaborate on this! And with summer coming up, it might be the perfect time. Say, are you going to Annual? Send me a line — s.librarienne [at] gmail [dot] com

  4. Alison says:

    What a cool idea (just found you via Meredith Farkas’ heroes post :). Yesterday I started a group on flickr that might speak to some of what you’re thinking, though obviously in a very different way — Library School (TM) [http://www.flickr.com/groups/383934@N22/]. So far it is just three of my photos but hopefully my compatriots at Simmons will start adding some stuff in the next week or so. 🙂

  5. OK, yet another try to start something to address this – a Library student network on Ning http://lisstudents.ning.com.

    One of these solutions has gotta take off. 🙂

    *off to join the flickr group*

  6. […] April 12th, 2007 in Library School, Librarians, blogs, web 2.0 About a week ago, Jennifer and I posted about the need for a library student community and Karin took us up on the idea.  Lo […]

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