Mary’s Blog – What’s New


Don’t mind the mess! This site is still in progress. Learning is a life-long process, and as I learn and grow this site will change and grow with me.

As many of you know, I am approaching the end another student experience: the UK Master’s program for Library and Information Science. I began this degree several years ago, taking a slow path with only one class a semester while working full time. While this has delayed completion of the degree, it has also allowed me to show greater focus to each class as I take it and to continue working with what is, at its core, a member information database. Over the years I have learned about databases, searching, queries, and more. I have placed on this site several examples of my most recent work; these quick examples show some of the skills I have developed over the past few years.

Included on this site are four reference book reviews. These are all books that I have used in the past and have found helpful. Since I also have a Master’s degree in English, you will find that the majority of my work leans towards literature reference and research as I combine my learning. I have also included a comparison of two databases. These two databases require access through an institution (usually a school or library) for access, and provide access to a variety of different databases.

Pulling on my background in Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance studies, I also created a Medieval Information Portal (also known as a pathfinder). Included in this portal are some of the books I have found useful (and still own), and the periodicals are some of the most familiar under the subject. Additional online sources are also linked on the portal.

The last two items I’ll reference here concern a specific library, however please note these were hypothetical projects with no impact to the library in question. A nearby library was chosen in order to display the ability to evaluate and plan for reference services. Over the course of my learning, I chose this same library several times to practice and hone my abilities. In time, I have hopes to also share the strategic plan and technology plan that I also developed for the library (again, hypothetical). Though I have used this library system for many years, I have not had the pleasure of working with them; I am happy to state that they have made many changes since these were first developed, and the specific branch used in many of my samples is in the process of moving to a new location.

Though the examples posted here are simply samples of my work, created hypothetically, they show some of the skills I have developed over the years. I have also gained experience with the program R, with basic queries, creating and using databases, HTML, PHP, CSS, and more. As a professional, I have grown in my skills and abilities. I have already been able to apply some of my learning – queries, management, and research – to my current work. With the skills I have developed through both my degrees and self-learning, I hope to improve processes and help my coworkers by creating efficiency.

So please feel free to explore, ask questions, and take a look at what I have accomplished. There are more new things to come as I will always continue to learn and grow.


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