I began attending school for my Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts at University of Richmond’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies – otherwise known as SPCS – in the summer of 2013. Through various conversations with teachers and the visibly passionate librarians at school, I finally knew exactly what I wanted to be “when I grew up”: a librarian. Being a librarian is more than that single word: librarian; something I was unaware of until speaking with a few librarians, teachers, and MLIS students. There are so many disciplines of library science and my goal this summer is to explore those different disciplines. I will also be gaining some hands-on experience with the archives and digital assets areas. My journey will begin on May 12, 2014. I will spend two days a week, 3 hours a day, with the archives librarian for the first six weeks of the semester and then trading off to the digital assets librarian for the last six weeks of the semester. In addition, during the last six weeks I will be shadowing librarians in different disciplines one day a week for two hours. Due to the hands-on experience and shadowing combined with reading various librarianship articles, I will end my summer independent study at University of Richmond Boatwright Library with a well-rounded understanding of what librarianship is across the disciplines and have an idea of which discipline I would like to focus on in the future. This is an exciting opportunity for me and I can’t wait to get started!


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