About Me

My name is Jennifer Macaulay, and I am a recent a graduate of the masters of library science program at Southern Connecticut State University. I decided to return to graduate school in mid-2005 and was accepted at SCSU in November 2005. I graduated from the program in May of 2008. My actual diploma arrived in late July. 🙂

I started this blog in September of 2005 as a way to document my time at SCSU. It has grown into so much more than I ever could have expected. I consider this blog to be one of the best things to come out of my graduate school experience.

I currently work full time as a Systems Librarian in a library at a small undergraduate institution in southeastern Massachusetts. I have held this position since January of 2000. From July 1998 until December of 1999, I worked as a library systems technician. From June 1994 to June 1998, I worked as a Government Documents assistant overseeing a depository collection. This is where I developed my love for SUDOC numbers. I got my start in libraries as a work-study student where I checked in and shelved periodicals, processed Government Documents and worked in the college archives. I am interested in technology and how it impacts library operations and services especially web-based technologies.

Standard disclaimer: All opinions, thoughts and views expressed within this blog are my own and have no relation to official views held by my place of employment (hence why I try to refrain from mentioning my place of work by name).

18 Responses to About Me

  1. Matt says:

    I googled SCSU complaint department and I found your blog. Oh, the ILS program….
    It’s not like real college I tell people. I finally understand that administrators do something to affect the actual running of an institution. Sadly, at southern it doesn’t seem to be much. Sure they built a new student center but can they actually have classes that are not cancelled for lack of enrollment? I am so frustrated with SCSU that I am continually tempted to transfer to simmons – classes at mt holyoke – even though I live in CT.

  2. Linda says:

    Hi Jennifer!

    I found your blog in a newsletter LISNews. I am encouraged by your postings and comments about Library School. I am taking classes to receive my MLS from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. All my classes are online. This is my first semester. I work full time at Scott Community College in Bettendorf, Iowa and also got my start as a library student work study. I am finally taking the plunge after approximately 14 years in libraries. Keep up the good work! Linda

  3. Hi, Jennifer-

    Great bio. I started out as a gov docs grad assistant at an LIS, and I am in my third type of library without every regreting what I know about serial sets, sudocs, and weekly compilation of presidential documents (thankfully online and the source of many bloggers send-ups).

    I also built up a level of frustration with SCSU as an instructor of a class on specialized libraries (I teach Medical Librarianship, and I work awfully hard unsuccessfully to fill a class to a minimum). I will be teaching this at another library school to compare support for adjunct faculty in the spring. You can google me and find out where. I have left the door open to teaching again at SCSU.

  4. Mallikarjun says:

    very nice blog ,it is informative
    i am also from same profession ,India

  5. […] at posts from 23-26 October in blogs on this list of people blogging the conf. It was compiled by Jennifer at Life as I know it […]

  6. Hi, I was searching for a blog I had commented on recently by using my name when I found your blog. My maiden name is Jennifer MacAulay. You are the first person I have found with the same name and the exact same spelling. Just curious, what is your middle name? I recently started a family tree blog site, but it is going slow. Don’t know if we are related or not, but you may find it interesting. Take a look if you like at http://themacaulayfamilytree.blogspot.com/.

  7. Kristofer says:

    Love the Scruffy Nerf Herder Star Wars reference.

  8. Jennifer says:

    Glad you appreciate it!! Star Wars makes me happy!!

  9. John says:

    Have been enjoying your blog. Like you, I decided in about mid-2005 to undertake a part-time MLIS after several years of working (for me in was in IT). I’m at the Univ of Western Ontario, and also expect to complete about May 2009! It seems a long way off yet.

  10. WhoreChurch says:

    You need to check out my friend Kristine and her Lipstick Librarian blog. You might enjoy it.


  11. OneHotMama911 says:

    Great blog. I am in the last semester of SJSU’s Executive MLIS Program. It is definitely a ton of work, but doable. Your blog is encouraging to those of us who have to work and go to school simultaneously. Keep up the good work!

  12. JAMES says:

    I feel this blog is a very valuable information resource, thanks Jennifer! I have a Bachelor’s I completed through distance learning at Excelsior College member of The University of the State of New York, (formerly Regents College) and I was surfing for an online MLS and found your blog while researching. I feel forewarned about SCSU’S program and owe you much thanks!

  13. Katina says:

    Hi Jennifer,
    I’m also getting my MLS degree on-line. I’m attending TWU, Texas Woman’s University. I’m taking two classes and have nine more to go. I enjoy your web site and think I’ll start one of my own.

  14. Jennifer says:

    Hi Katina,
    Best of luck with your degree!!! I have thoroughly enjoyed the blogging experience – and can recommend it!!

  15. Jennifer says:

    Hi Jennifer,

    I discovered your blog by accident and have been greatly encouraged by it. Thank you so much for sharing your experiences while you pursue your degree. It’s eye-opening and has been inspirational. Best wishes.

  16. Dear Jennifer,
    The Internet has transformed how we communicate with the public, but there are still many challenges in making information easy to find. Since you cover social software in Life as I Know It, I thought you might be interested in a study that my nonprofit published this summer about how people find information online. The study covers three groups: non-profit organizations and cities; web designers and firms; and the general public.
    The study was fascinating on a number of levels, and I invite you to read the executive summary or download a PDF of the findings at http://www.idea.org/find-information.html .
    The survey results sparked ideas about tools we could provide that might make finding information online easier. This fall, we will start beta testing a cool new new navigational tool. I don’t have your email, so if you are interested, you can sign up for our beta here: http://www.spicynodes.org/ or to stay abreast of our (very) occasional new projects, you can get our newsletter here: http://www.idea.org/newsletter.html

  17. derewainka says:

    Hi Jennifer,

    I am a recent graduate of Australia’s equivalent of the MLS at Charles Student University. I graduated with my masters 2007.

    I spent a year and a half ( the first year I had a grad dip) as a library technician, doing cataloguing and assisting in some electronic book reserve work.

    I moved on last year in July to what equates to a “systems “lbrarian” position.

    I manage an Interlibrary loans system for 5 academic libraries in a consortium, as well as a large Australian state library that manage their own server environment – but I configure and maintain the database.

    I am slowly learning SQL and will learn XSL to customise some of the web applications associated with the ILL software package. Lots of troubleshooting and helpdesk stuff.

    I really enjoy the liaising with other academic librarians, IT professionals and the vendor. Will be reading your blog to see what else I can learn 🙂

  18. Russ Tarby says:

    Hello Jennifer —

    I am working on a biography of Bob Taylor,
    who died Jan. 1, 2009 at age 90.

    From December 2007 until his death,
    I interviewed Bob on some 60 occasions at his home in Syracuse, and am now delving into his journals and archives as well as interviewing his colleagues.

    Because you have done such extensive work on his academic accomplishments as well as his CIC experience, I’d like to communicate with you.

    please e-mail me at russtarby@netscape.net
    and/or call me at (315) 457-1517.

    Thank you, Jennifer.

    Liverpool, N.Y.

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