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Last entry for the year

I am happy to write that I have now completed my degree and I am a little saddened that its is over. The home stretch was really hard, I couldn’t make time to write my blog, there were so many assessments, some which were only for a small amount of marks, yet they all added up and so I had to grin and bear it! But I did it! With the help of the almighty Lord Jesus, my wonderful family and my volunteering supervisor at my local library, I completed and passes all my units.

Now, I am obviously job hunting, but I am also catching up on my reading and my family quality time, as well as house work (yes, in that order!). I’m hoping I will start work in the new year, and most of all I am hoping to start work in a library… Unfortunately those are slim pickings, friends. All I can say is that I won’t give up and some day soon I’ll be working and making use of all I have learned in the last four years. I’m not really sure when I’ll receive my degree paper, which will delivered by mail as I cannot personally attend the graduation ceremony which is being held in Perth (I live in Queensland). In any case, I’m over the moon that I have passed everything and that I have finished at long last. I feel like belting at song like Eye of the Tiger or some such. Good times.

 

Here is a pic of my summer reading list from my favorite authors of all time.

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To everyone out there, thanks for reading and Happy and prosperous new year.

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2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,100 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 18 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

 
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Posted by on 12/30/2015 in WEB101

 

New And Last Study Period for 2015

I have now started my last three units of this degree and am on my way to the finish line. I couldn’t be any more anxious and excited! The units look to be the hardest yet and I hope that I can get through them without failing. I really want to finish my degree this year so that I may start working at last in 2016. The units I’m enrolled in are Information Theory & Research; Professional Issues for Information Studies and lastly Conservation and Preservation. I have actually given up writing in this blog during the semester as the workload is simply too much. There are so many readings, exercises and so much research to do for assessments, plus looking after my kids. Having said that, I will try to write something about a site visit that is coming up, which I’m looking forward to. I believe the students in my state are all meeting at our State Library, so that will be nice to see them again in person. Being a Internet-based distance education degree, it gets lonely at times and apart from Facebook, I don’t get a chance to socialise with my peers.

So today, I’m spending my day introducing myself on the uni’s discussion forums and downloading all my unit materials. I’m seeing a lot of readings for the first week which bodes. Well, someone’s gotta do it. I’m going to try really hard not to panic and take one day at a time. See you all in thirteen weeks…

 
 

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Friday – Last day

Last day of prac! Three weeks has practically flown by. I cannot believe it. Surprisingly, I have enjoyed myself; I really like work processes, the use of different software and the orderly way in which files and records must be maintained. I enjoyed working with the team, who were all lovely and willing to share their time and knowledge with me. I am very grateful for my time there.

Today I managed a couple of odd jobs before I was given my evaluation and had a chat with the prac coordinator who made my time with the council possible. It is the same coordinator who was bale to fit me in with my local library two years ago. The team also had a morning tea ready for me, which was wonderful and unexpected. I was embarrassed but equally pleased!

Unfortunately my time there came to an abrupt end when my son’s school called me to say that he was ill and needed to be picked up straight away. I was really looking forward to ending on a high note. But of course my children’s health always come first.

On a lighter note, here are some photos of the lovely chocolates I was given, my pass and my desk. I look forward to having these for real soon!

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To the lovely team members who aided me and gave me their time and knowledge, thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

 
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Posted by on 08/14/2015 in LIS330

 

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Thursday – Fourteenth day

What a busy day today! I finally, finally finished my project! Then my mentor proceeded to teach me how to do council dog and cat registrations, with a side order of desexing certificates. After a week chock a block of gift registering, this was fun and interesting. I was also moved to the team cubicles, so I was able to have a nice chat with others as I worked. Time seems to go much faster when I’m doing something fun and today was no exception. Before I knew it, I had completed 90 live registrations and I was stocked!

For afternoon tea, the manager kindly offered ice cream and strawberries with whipped cream, in celebration on the Ekka. Here’s a photo of my cup. It was delicious!

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On a sad note, tomorrow is my last day and I am going to miss the lovely people I have met and the work I have learned to do. I don’t know whether I should hint that I would love to work there in the future or not. Or perhaps leave my resume. In any case, it has been tremendous fun and I have learned a lot.

 
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Posted by on 08/13/2015 in LIS330

 

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Wednesday – Thirteenth day

The week is half way over and I am starting to feel a little sad that I won’t be coming back. I’ve had great time learning new things about records management and I am grateful for this prac. Today I transferred all the box numbers into the councils registering system double checking that those numbers were correct, so that in the future if one were looking for an item in the gift registry they would simply type it in and a word document will be recalled with a photo, description and a location.I’m pretty certain I know where every thing is by now and the corresponding box number and individual barcode. I’m thinking that before too soon I’ll be dreaming about these numbers and they will be chasing me down long dark corridors!

I also worked on the mail room manual and will be sending a copy for review to my mentor tomorrow morning. I’m happy I got to work on it and have nearly finished it before the week is over, I just hope that I don’t need to make too many changes as that may take more time that I don’t have.

Tomorrow, I should be doing something different as told by my mentor, maybe lugging boxes or files from one building to another. At least I’ll have some time away from those barcodes for a little while!

 
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Posted by on 08/12/2015 in LIS330

 

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Tuesday – Twelfth day

I mentioned yesterday that I finished my first project, but alas, I spoke too soon. Today I spent the entire day changing box numbers (ie box 1, box 2, box 3…) to actual barcodes. I also had to register these with Grace and the council’s system. Phew! Even though I am enjoying it, this project has taken me almost three weeks to complete and I am anxious I have not given enough time to my other projects. I am disappointed too that I have not had as much time as I wanted to registering normal day to day records into the council’s system to fully understand it. Never mind, there are still three more days and hopefully I’ll be able to set this puppy free tomorrow, although I don’t want to jinx myself!

I did sneak in a little look at my manual all printed and looking official, however, I feel this too needs more work. It was a busy day today so I didn’t want to be a nuisance, perhaps tomorrow I can have a chat to other team members and see if they can offer some advice.

 
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Posted by on 08/11/2015 in LIS330

 

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