library school check-in: the final stretch (part 4 of 4)

Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

It’s hard to believe that I’ve finished my MLIS adventure. I wrote most of this post at the Halifax Central Library, one of my favourite libraries, and I figured it was as good a space as any to reflect on my final term at FIMS. 

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Menstrual Metrics poster references

This week I’m attending the OLA Super Conference and presented a poster session, “Menstrual Metrics: An Analysis of Privacy and Security in Menstrual Health Tracking Applications.” You can see my poster in PDF here.

To make accessing my sources easier (and mostly because copying and pasting from a PDF is fickle), I’ve included them here in the same order from my poster. Below that is another list of sources that I used when working on the paper that this poster is based on. Some of them provide more contextual information on the concept of the “quantified self” and on privacy measures. I highly recommend some of the ‘non-scholarly’ reads from Washington Post, Consumer Reports, and Tech Crunch; they present some complex tech-y concepts into very accessible language and they’re available online for free.Read More »

“Should I purge my Twitter feed?” or the consequences of visibility

Something I’ve been thinking about recently is the consequences of visibility, mainly the visibility of my politics and ethics that I’ve been told over the years are “radical” compared to the average person. On a good day, I would define myself as a Marxist feminist; I have pretty strong opinions about female labour around the world. Class identity is a big part of how I define myself and how I understand the world. I’m confident in sharing my views and interpretations though I’m not one to dominate conversations with them.

Lately I’ve been thinking more about how sharing these views could be detrimental to me, especially as I shift from my career as a library technician (something I’ve been doing for almost a decade) to one as a librarian. I’m an active Twitter user and a big fan of the LIS conversations happening there, but I also worry if my online activities will cost me a job in the future. Will a headhunter find my profanity-sprinkled feed and cross me off a list? Will my comments on the inaccessibility of higher ed cost me a promotion?Read More »

library school check-in (part 2 of 4)

Read Part 1 of 4 here

Classes have been out for two weeks and it’s time to reflect on my first term of library school, though truthfully, much of the last month is now a blur.

The pace of the first term of my program was incredibly fast. I think I completed between 40 and 50 assignments (I’m afraid to look back and count them all). I see this first term as a kind of research and writing boot camp. I had been out of school for about 8 months and, since we began in January, I know many of my cohort were in a similar situation. The constant management of coursework forced me to become excellent with organizing my time and sitting down and doing the work. And doing it well. Over the term, my writing improved and I produced better work in less time.Read More »