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End of Study Period 3 (2014)

Just as I predicted, I had very little time to do much these last three months due to the heavy workload of three units. Plus of course I had to also take care of my children and keep our house tidy… Quite hard to be honest, but alas, the SP has ended and I am in one piece and still 80% sane. I have submitted all my assessments, with the exception of my exam this coming Tuesday. Now, I must say, my memory is not so great since having three kids and being quite absent minded to begin with. With my previous two exams I crammed for a week before hand yet, on the day I was a nervous wreck with most of what I had learned locked away in my brain with no way to get out. This time, I have focused on five points (we have to answer five out of ten questions) and hope that these are asked on the day. I even have in-text references which I have been trying to commit to memory. I really I hope I do well, the competitive side of me wants not only to pass but to excel.

I did learn a lot this SP, which I am grateful for and hope the knowledge come easily when I begin working in my dream job. I finally got to learn the background on MARC, the Library of Congress subject headings, Dewey Decimal System and a number of other similar systems that are used across the globe. I also learned more about collection management, consortia and embargoes. Also on the Records Management side of the house, I learned about RM software which manages records which are created physically as well as digitally, touching on the ever present Web 2.0 phenomenon. I know I’m a big nerd, but all this is so interesting to me, I love learning it and knowing more about libraries is my ultimate dream. Geek Alert!

On other happy news, I have been short-listed for a casual job at my local library, which I am so, so happy about as I really need a job and one which will aid in my learning would be icing on the chocolate birthday cake. Mmmm, cake… Anyway, I’ve also been searching for interview questions to get an idea of what I am up against, as well as interview etiquette, so that I’m well prepared. Cannot wait. Wish me luck!

If I get the job, it will make these next three months off bearable and I’ll also have some money for Christmas, win win! Well, I guess I have procrastinated enough, better get back to my cramming. This Thursday will be my first official holiday since I began this course in 2011. Woot woot! Until next time!

 
 

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New Study Period (Semester 2, 2014)

I can almost breathe a sigh of relief, today is the last day of Study Period 1 and the end of three hectic months! I’m due to start NET205, Internet Commerce and Consumers on Monday. I’m really looking forward continuing the Interweb units, they are so much fun and better structured than the other units. The plus side? Only three assessments this time! If you care to recall, I had almost 12 assessments last SP and I’m not 99% certain that I’ve passed. In fact, I’m very concerned that I may have not done enough and am not looking forward to receiving my marks. I have an exam this Tuesday, which I’m terrified about. I haven’t had a quiet moment to study and I really don’t like exams in general because my memory hasn’t been great since I had my kids.

But anyway, I’m looking forward to doing one unit again, it will mean doing things like catching up with relatives and friends, cleaning the house and reading for fun! Oh and playing my latest obsession: Skyrim…

 
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Halfway through Student Period 1, 2014

Wow! I cannot believe how time flies! Doing three units this SP has kept me busy, no doubt about it. I have had to be super organized, with an almost military precision to how I distribute my time between my family, my studies and leisure time (other wise known as sleep). I thank God everyday for my husband who takes up the slack when I have my nose stuck to the PC. Easter break has been about spending time with the kids and doing fun things away from technology.

What I have liked so far about my units was the opportunity to meet some class mates during the site visit for Archives, at Queensland State Archives; learning more about computers and HTML code; and learning about good searching techniques for a reference librarian. What I find challenging is the keeping on track with weekly tasks as well as doing the research needed for the assessments. On top of this I need to start consolidating what I have learned and memorize unit content for the exam coming up.

I’m also finding waiting for unit content to be released quite hard because I feel that I would get more done if I had the chance to complete tasks sooner rather than later. However, I am only half way through, so maybe I’ll have better things to write about at the conclusion of the semester!

With so many assessments due in the next couple of weeks, I’m embracing a hermit-like existence until further notice!

 
 

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Study Period 1, 2014

So week two is just about done and it looks like I’m not going to be writing in my blog as faithfully I could. With three units, life is bordering on crazy and it’s only Friday. I have two the following assessments coming up and I’m feeling a little overwhelmed…

Two learning journals to complete through out the three months for Archives and Information Design

Three reports, an investigation, an exam and Archives and Reference Services

A metadata creation and indexing assignment and a facett analysis and subject thesaurus construction for Information Design.

I will try write some reflections when I can, but to be honest, I think I’ll be flat out trying to keep up. Information Design is the one I’m most scared of. We are delving deeper into what makes the Internet/Web tick and even though I love learning about it, I might just be over my head.

On a brighter note, I’m heading off to my Archives site visit next week and I am really looking forward to a day out. Not only will I be learning more about this subject, but I will also meet some fellow students who are sharing this journey with me, albeit from beyond the computer screen. It will be nice to put faces to the names from our recent discussions!

Time to hit the books!

 
 

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