I am excited! Excited about Graduate School. Excited about Library Information Studies. Excited about Young Adult Literature. I felt so new to all of this just 12 weeks ago, but now I am adjusted and thriving. In these twelve short weeks, I have learned more and been inspired more than I ever thought I could in such a short amount of time.
Communication and collaboration with this class has been so rewarding throughout. The weekly readings and activities encourage great discussions and idea sharing. We began with the idea of choice for teens in reading. How important it is for students to have choice in what they read to develop their love of reading and in turn become lifelong learners. I will carry this idea forward with me forever, with my future students and with my own children. I can see what a difference choice has made for me as a reader. I haven’t ever read so much, or wanted to – choice makes all the difference.
Collection Development was another topic covered that brought together great collaboration. At first, I was unsure of what to weed, keep, and add to a library collection. After reading the articles from weeks five and six, I began to feel more confident. Visiting a local high school and meeting the librarian there was a wonderful experience. She shared so much of her knowledge with us (Jessica Lombardi and I) and offered considerable guidance throughout the process. The experience in performing a collection analysis in a real library was instrumental to my learning.
Week 8 also encouraged us to attend a library program event. This gave me an invaluable experience to interact with young adults in the library and to observe what they like about the library. In just an hour, I discovered the importance of the library in my community. The young adults love coming to the library for different “teen” programs. I saw how they are treated with such respect and attention by the young adult librarian that it inspired me to work with them too. I hope to volunteer at my local library with these teen programs in the future.
I wasn’t sure I could do this – go back to school and become a librarian. Now, I am more motivated than ever. I am excited, eager, and confident that I can do this. I have learned more in this one class than I could have imagined. I look forward to what the future has in store and will continue communicating and collaborating with my peers!