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 . . . . . . . . .