MSLS Semester 1 Roundup

Well, it’s done folks. I’ve completed my first semester of graduate school! I thought it would be interesting to share what I’ve learned in my classes this semester and showcase a few of the projects I worked on:

INLS 461: Information Tools

This class covered Powerpoint, Document Markup, HTML, Basic CSS, Microsoft Access, and Omeka — wow that’s a lot in one semester. I learned how to: make an e-book, build a website, embed style sheets, make a database, and create an online exhibition. Most of the projects I worked on are pretty boring to look at but I can share one of them: my Omeka exhibition. Before I give you the link there’s a word of warning, a lot of the projects start to get really boring really quickly without an adequate sense of humor. To keep things interesting, we often choose to do off-the-wall project topics. Mine? An Exhibition of Harry Potter Ships.

INLS 501: Information Resources and Services

Though SILS  likes to make up crazy names for classes, this was essentially a reference course. Most of the projects centered around learning how to interact with users and ask the right reference questions, for example one project called “Street Reference” entailed setting up a reference service at a strange place. Though some groups chose to go to the Zombie Convention my group went to the Carrboro Farmer’s Market . The questions we got there ranged from “How did the Jerusalem artichoke get its name?” to a question about the movements of Muslim merchants in the early 1100s. The experience was an excellent lesson in keeping things upbeat even when you get crazy questions! For another assignment the class was asked to answer questions through social networks such as Yahoo Answers and Quora. These questions were great training in a completely different way – I was forced to adapt to the question answering style of each service.

INLS 513: Resource Selection and Evaluation

Another class with a crazy name! This one really means collection development. We learned about buying from distributors such as Ingram, the ebook challenges facing libraries, and a boatload of other issues I had never considered. The projects for this class were definitely some of the hardest I had this semester but they were also really fun! Our first project involved evaluating a community and assessing its needs, then building a collection to address them. My group selected a list of reference resources for the U.S. Embassy in Israel. Our goal was to select resources that would help those who had just moved to Israel adjust to the drastically different situation. The last project was an assessment of two different libraries’ collection development policies – I chose two private schools in vastly different places. It was fun to see what they held and what their selection priorities were.

INLS 530: YA Literature and Related Materials

Unsurprisingly, this was my favorite class. It dovetailed nicely with my position as Teen Services intern at the local public library. The projects for this class were so much fun! I made a book trailer and website for Libba Bray’s Beauty Queens, anytime you get to read Libba Bray for a course is a good thing in my book. For our final projects we were given broad topics (ex. Leaving home, Family, Sexuality, Coming of Age), asked to present to the class on what they meant for teens, and then were asked to create an online resource that teens could use to learn about the issue. My group received the broad topic of “coping.” In the past groups have done things like depression and eating disorders but my group decided to pick a mental disorder that emerges during the teenage years and has a huge stigma surrounding it: bipolar disorder. This project was so close to my heart and I often felt put through the ringer while working on it; it was a true labor of love but I’m so happy with how it turned out — check it out here.

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If You Liked Beauty Queens by Libba Bray….

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The Wake of the Lorelei Lee: Being an Account of the Adventures of Jacky Faber, on her Way to Botany Bay by L.A. Meyer

As the new captain of the Lorelei Lee, Jacky Faber can’t wait to live an exciting life on the high seas. But when’s she is arrested and put on a ship headed for the prisoner’s island of Australia, Jacky gets a very different adventure than she expected.

Chime by Franny Billingsley

Briony Larkin has two secrets: she’s a witch and she is the reason her sister Rose became ill. Filled with twists and turns at ever page, this magical story will have you wondering what happens next.

Shine by Lauren Myracle

Cat’s friends mean everything to her, so when one of them is attacked for being himself she resolves to find out who is responsible. The down-to-earth writing and no-nonsense plot are sure to leave you wanting more.

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Drawing has always been a part of Lina’s life but when Soviet’s forcer her family out of their home and into a Siberian work camp, her life may depend on it. Follow Lina as she tries to make sense of family, art and life in the midst of World War II.

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

When Ralph, Piggy and their friends survive a tragic plane-crash, they must find a way to survive on a remote island with no supplies, or adults. Things go from bad to worse as the boys slowly forget what it’s like to live in society.

Uglies by Scott Westerfield

Tally Youngblood has always dreamed of her sixteenth birthday when she can finally become pretty and move to New Pretty Town. When Tally’s new friend tells her about the other consequences of the surgery, Tally is forced to choose between what is right and what is easy.

Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy by Bil Wright

Carlos Duarte is not your typical high school student, for starters he’s fashionable, on trend and already has his dream job as a makeup artist. Can Carlos survive the cutthroat world of NYC makeup

When She Woke by Hillary Jordan

Hannah has committed a crime but not just any crime, a crime that is bad enough to have her skin melachromed. Walking around with red skin is bad enough, but when she finds out the government wants her dead she must join the Resistance and fight.

Alphas by Lisi Harrison

Invites to the exclusive Alpha Academy only go to the prettiest, most popular girls and Skye Hamilton finally scored a spot. Testing her physical, mental and emotional limits, Skye soon finds out that being the most popular isn’t enough.

Pageant Perfect Crime by Carolyn Keene

Girl Detective Nancy Drew is hot on the trail of a shoplifter when she finds out that the culprit may be in a local beauty pageant. Determined to solve the mystery, Nancy enrolls in the Miss Pretty Face River Heights Beauty Pageant. Follow Nancy as she tries to solve the case, compete in a pageant and keep her boyfriend!

 

If you missed the trailer for Beauty Queens by Libba Bray, check it out here.

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Beauty Queens

by Libba Bray

Survival. Of the fittest.

The fifty contestants in the Miss Teen Dream Pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane had another idea, crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner.
What’s a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program – or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan – or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up?
Welcome to the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Your tour guide? None other than Libba Bray, the hilarious, sensational, Printz Award-winning author of A Great and Terrible Beauty and Going Bovine. The result is a novel that will make you laugh, make you think, and make you never see beauty the same way again.

Book blurb from Amazon

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Booklist

Awards for Beauty Queens

Rainbow List 2012 – GLBTQ (ALA)

Audie Awards – Best Author Read Novel 

Best Books for Young Adults 2012 (Booklist)

Amelia Bloomer List 2012 – Feminism (ALA)

2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults (ALA)

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*note: This page was created for my INLS 530 class at SILS UNC Chapel Hill*