It’s All Happening

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Now that it is the first week of school, it’s starting to sink in that I really am back in school after many years. After a lot of thinking, researching, and talking to a lot of people, I took the plunge into grad school.

First, a little about me. I’m a long-time San Francisco bay area resident, the oldest of four kids, with a big extended family mostly in the greater bay area. My husband and I are owned by two cats, one of which is trying to commandeer the laptop (and my lap) as I write this post. I love nothing better than curling up with a good book, hiking some of the beautiful trails nearby, or planning my next travel excursion. Additionally, I work part-time as a yoga instructor which is a wonderful counterbalance to a lot of time at the computer screen.

I am a huge fan (some might say nutcase) of all things penguin-related and have been collecting penguins since fourth grade. A big travel highlight for me was taking a trip to New Zealand and visiting several penguin conservation reserves. I had to be reminded that I was not allowed to take any home with me…

New Zealand penguin

After working in the world of nonprofit technology for many years, I decided to return to the library profession and get my MLIS. Previously, I worked for the UC Berkeley Library for several years and briefly for a library automation software company. My undergraduate degree is also from UC Berkeley, where I majored in American Studies with minor in Women’s Studies. I’m particularly interested in young adult/youth librarianship and digital asset management (two vastly different areas, I know), but staying open to possibilities.

In the meantime, I’m excited to be getting involved in some exciting library projects.
I’m honored to be doing some part-time consulting work for the Veterans Connect @ the Library project. The project serves a population I don’t know much about, so this is one information community that I am considering for my research paper. In mid-September, I will also be taking a storytelling workshop and volunteering on a weekly basis through the Oakland Public Library’s Books for Wider Horizons program.

I have had more than my share of anxious dreams and moments of panic about being in school again. In one recurring dream, I have a research paper due that I forgot about completely. Fortunately, reality is not my dreamscape (or at least, not yet). Despite my trepidation, I also have moments where I remember the aspects of being a student that I loved the first time around: (somewhat) flexible schedule; learning more about specific topics in detail, and considering new ideas.

What ideas are floating around in your head? I am looking forward to thinking aloud with all of you.



Nonprofit techie turned MLIS student, community builder, yoga geek, and penguin enthusiast.

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