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I sent to Simmons for info on graduate school -- the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, to be exact, or GSLIS for short. I just read the faculty bios. I like to say that I'm not intimidated by anyone, but in their cases... golly. One of the profs served on an advisory council to President Clinton, for crying out loud. My undergrad video production and advertising prof's claim to fame was that he worked on the marketing and advertising for Ishtar.

One thing I'd be very interested in investigating is information architecture -- how information is organized and presented. That was always one of my favorite parts of web design, and I think I'd be good at it. Simmons has a dual degree program in archives and history, too, and I've requested additional information on that. The classes I saw descibed for the history program don't look that interesting to me, though. I want to look into medieval history, and they seem to be all about the 19th century, so who knows.

It ain't cheap, though; I think it'd end up being over $40K before I'm done. Goodness knows how I'd ever pay for it, but if you don't ask, you never know. In the right job, librarianship could pay better than decently, and I could work in fields I actually find interesting.

This is scary... but it could be really good, too.

i feel: nervous nervous

20 trips or shoot the rapids
pantherwill From: pantherwill Date: September 17th, 2006 10:52 am (UTC) (base camp)
Can working on Ishtar *really* be considered a source of pride, really?
tashabear From: tashabear Date: September 17th, 2006 07:53 pm (UTC) (base camp)
If that's all you've got... which was my point.
evilnicola From: evilnicola Date: September 17th, 2006 01:05 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Can you get any funding through the military?

I think you should totally go to Simmons, but then again, I'm prejudiced.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: September 17th, 2006 07:55 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I am eligible for a stipend, I think.

Simmons is the only school in MA that offers an MLIS degree, so really, it's a good thing that it's a good school. ;-)
profesor From: profesor Date: September 17th, 2006 01:14 pm (UTC) (base camp)
The two kinds of debt financial advisors call "good debt" are real estate loans, and student loans. Real estate because the value of it appreciates, and student loans because they increase your income potential.

Worst case, you go through the admissions process, and the financial aid office at the school can't put something together you can afford. I'd say go for it!
tashabear From: tashabear Date: September 17th, 2006 07:57 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I probably will. I took a look at some of the academic job openings they have advertised on the Simmons website, and they pay really well. Public sector, not so much (<$15/hour), which is just shameful, IMO.
beerhorse From: beerhorse Date: September 17th, 2006 03:31 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Go for it! That's so exciting! :)
skittl1321 From: skittl1321 Date: September 17th, 2006 03:50 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I used to work in HR for a major university library- and let me tell you, librarianship pays way more than decently. And finding people with MLISes is tough.

If you decide to do it- good luck. And don't be intimidated by the profs- those are the kind of people you want teaching you, and to eventually work with. They got connections!
tashabear From: tashabear Date: September 17th, 2006 07:58 pm (UTC) (base camp)
those are the kind of people you want teaching you, and to eventually work with.

Oh, I know... I just want to be sure that I'm not wasting their time trying to teach someone who's been out of college as long as I have.
skittl1321 From: skittl1321 Date: September 17th, 2006 09:22 pm (UTC) (base camp)
You may have been out of college, but you haven't stopped learning.

Think of all the different things you've taken courses on since leaving school- especially SCA type things. Lots of the stuff you know, many many people don't. So you clearly still have the ability to learn :) That's what graduate professors want. Students who can think for themselves, are excited about the field, and who can add to the body of knowledge of the field eventually.

If you can find funding, I'd say go for it.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: September 18th, 2006 12:59 am (UTC) (base camp)
Thank you, sweetie. *hug*
liamstliam From: liamstliam Date: September 17th, 2006 04:16 pm (UTC) (base camp)
You have a lot of resources in the SCA community to talk about MLS school with.

I will send you a list.

tashabear From: tashabear Date: September 17th, 2006 08:00 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Thank you! MWAH.
a_c_fiorucci From: a_c_fiorucci Date: September 18th, 2006 02:44 am (UTC) (base camp)
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<ljtag="peregrinning"> may also be a good person to talk to, as he works for a non-university research organization which has a LOT of MLIS people. Is a good place to work, too, your military background could be a big plus there.
Ping on the Towers list if you don't find us in the Liber.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: September 18th, 2006 03:05 am (UTC) (base camp)
That would be cool... except I don't have a Liber, and I'm sorry, but I'm not placing you. [embarrassed]
a_c_fiorucci From: a_c_fiorucci Date: September 18th, 2006 01:16 pm (UTC) (base camp)
*hangs head* sorry, I forgot I never introduced myself. We are in Towers, I've read your posts there (I think?) We can chat more at
pernari @ yahoo dot com, or I will look up your address.

Take care!
tashabear From: tashabear Date: September 20th, 2006 08:44 am (UTC) (base camp)
*sigh* And again, I can't make Towers Project Day. My cousin's graduation party is the same day.

I was at Peregrine's Laureling ceremony, BTW -- I was one of the heralds behind the throne. alethea_eastrid read the scroll, though, I think (I know it wasn't me). I was the one in Viking dress who had to translate a scroll from Old English to modern English on the fly.

I would very much like to find out more about his workplace and library/archive/info architecture stuff in general. My event schedule is shaping up like this:
Tiltyard at Linenfields
(nothing for October, but very busy nonetheless)
EKU in Carolingia
(possibly) Bergental Yule
Twelfth Night

Hopefully we can meet at one of these events or maybe I can make it to a Project Day. I'm trying to get together a couple of classes, but making stuff is taking precedence lately. (Actually, it's eating my brain, but anyway...)
kestrel127 From: kestrel127 Date: September 18th, 2006 04:40 am (UTC) (base camp)
Another good person to talk to is mousecatfish. She's getting her MLIS from San Jose State University in California, in between getting engaged and visiting her love in Europe.
sar_kaz_m From: sar_kaz_m Date: September 18th, 2006 01:06 pm (UTC) (base camp)
*falling down laughing* I'm talking to URI GSLIS about a MLIS too!! Great minds...

I didn't know Simmons had a program. The URI program is accreditted with the ALA, which is how I found it. Somehow I missed Simmons on that list. I forget that Simmons is a school in the Boston area. Which is odd, because Duncan's brother got his masters there, I think.

Were you thinking of working while going to school? I'd really really prefer to NOT work, and take full time classes instead.

tashabear From: tashabear Date: September 18th, 2006 06:44 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I'm not sure if I could get through it in anything like a timely manner if I *don't* go full time. If I work, it'd likely be work-study.

Simmons is accredited by the ALA, as well.
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