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The weather here in southeastern Massachusetts has been beautiful of late. As a result, there are so many vibrant colors.
I’m not sure I believe it, but I am done!
I turned in my paper today. 🙂
I finished a critique of a classmate’s paper.
I burned a CD of my portfolio.
Now, I only need to write a critique of my own paper – and mail the CD.
Life is good! I can’t remember the last time I felt this relaxed.
I learned something interesting this week. If you copy and paste tables from Excel 2007 into WordPress, Google Reader will not display the post. Additionally, WordPress doesn’t really care for this either. It gets slow and sluggish – although it does eventually save and publish the tables. I plan to leave the original post alone, but probably won’t copy any more tables into any blog posts.
Anyway, I wrote a post earlier this week with some of the results from my computer self-efficacy survey of academic librarians. While I saw the post in Bloglines, it appears as if Google Reader plans to simply ignore it. Many people were curious about the results, so here they are. I do plan to do some posts with narrative about my conclusions etc. This will most likely be after I have officially turned my paper in and completed the rest of the work for my class.
I spent this weekend finishing up some of the different sections of my paper. As it stands, the paper is essentially done. I will probably re-read it in a day or two in order to look for any remaining grammatical and/or style errors. I’m making myself stay away from it for next day or two so that I will be able to read it with fresh eyes. I still have to do a self-critique and really feel that I need some space in order to do that effectively.
My portfolio is also essentially done. Now that I have finished my paper, I can finish this, make sure all of the links work correctly and burn it to a CD. I then have to mail the CD (and my Student MLS Degree Audit Checklist) to the ILS department. I plan to put the finished touches on the portfolio today and, hopefully, get the CD made and ready for mailing also.
For remaining classwork, I then need to write my self-critique, write a final journal entry of reflections on the class and actually turn the paper in to the professor. All work is due on Friday. Not too bad at all!!
I am currently finishing up final edits on my research paper on computer self-efficacy in academic library workers. It is now titled – Computer Self-Efficacy and the Academic Library Employee: An Examination of Their Relationship (and yes, titles are not my forte). Several people have asked about reading the paper and getting the results. I’m not quite ready to share the paper (but will share with those who asked to see it after the semester is over – and possibly after grades are in). However, I do want to publicly share the findings from the survey.
The following tables give the mean computer self-efficacy levels for those demographic variables that turned out to be major determinants. Some notes: SD stands for standard deviation; Total # is the total population for that category and # is the total percentage of the entire population (which is 167).
|Library Systems Support||151.3||16.93||179||111||81||48.5|
|Combined Library/IT Support||155.08||11.51||172||126||24||14.37|
|No Formal Support||135.67||34.15||173||106||3||1.8|
|Other Means of Tech Support||157.75||6.02||163||150||4||2.4|
|Multiple Means of Support||160.23||10.65||177||142||13||7.78|
Compute Self-Efficacy Levels by Age
|20-29 Years of Age||156.92||10.05||171||134||50||29.94|
|30-39 Years of Age||153.74||15.18||179||111||68||40.72|
|40-49 Years of Age||155.51||16.54||175||115||29||17.37|
|50-59 Years of Age||140.07||28.37||179||81||15||8.98|
|>60 Years of Age||137.8||16.81||167||126||5||2.99|
Computer Self-Efficacy Levels by Sex
Computer Self-Efficacy Levels by Educational Attainment
|High School Degree||156||16.44||174||126||7||4.19|
Computer Self-Efficacy Level by MLS or Equivalent
|MLS or Equivalent||Mean||S.D.||High||Low||Total #||%|
|MLS or Equivalent||152.66||16.96||179||81||130||77.84|
Computer Self-Efficacy Levels by Length of Career
|Length of Career||Mean||S.D.||High||Low||Total #||%|
Computer Self-Efficacy Levels by Job Classification
|Job Classification||Mean||S.D.||High||Low||Total #||%|
Computer Self-Efficacy Levels by Job Satisfaction
|Job Satisfaction||Mean||S.D.||High||Low||Total #||%|
|Neither Satisf. Nor Unsatisf.||137.33||19.86||171||106||9||5.38|
Computer Self-Efficacy Levels by Computer Experience
|Computer Experience||Mean||S.D.||High||Low||Total #||%|
Computer Self-Efficacy Levels by Computer Training
|Computer Training||Mean||S.D.||High||Low||Total #||%|
until I found something on the ILS department’s web page (close to the bottom of the page in the Preparing for graduation section) this morning that almost made me have an apoplexy.
Preparing for graduation
In order to receive a degree, the student must apply for the degree by the posted deadlines. The degree will not be posted until the Undergraduate Degree Application or Graduate Degree Application is properly filed and a degree audit is successfully completed. If the degree is not posted, the student has not been granted and does not hold the expected degree.
In addition, MLS students must complete the departmental Student MLS Degree Audit Checklistform and file one copy with the department office and one copy with the MLS Program Coordinator within the first two weeks of the semester in which they will complete their program/graduate.
Remember how much I worry and obsess over things? I knew all about having to apply for graduation with the Graduate School. I did this way back in November and received confirmation that my only outstanding issue was the special project. However, the second paragraph is something that I have NEVER, EVER, EVER seen or heard about previously. Needless to say, I did not complete the Student MLS Degree Audit Checklist at any time this semester. I decided not to get stressed out or upset and to try and get more information.
I called the ILS Department and fortunately, this turned out to be a non-issue. The department does want two copies of the form – in hardcopy. They do intend to require this form to be filled out within the first two weeks of a student’s last semester. However, it is a new form that has only been in use since earlier this year. Thank goodness! This was a close one.