I usually get pretty surprised reactions when I tell colleagues, friends, and potential future students that I assign readings. Part of the reason for this is due to a gap I saw personally when I decided to dedicate myself to this field.
When I went to graduate school for my masters in library science, I had four years of hands-on, practical experience from two different organizations to draw from. I had wonderful supervisors at both locations. For some reason, though, I did not grasp the sheer amount of professional literature that existed. (This was one of the reasons why I enjoyed going to a school that had a more “theoretical” approach)
The students I work with have variety of experiences, backgrounds, and could be at various times in their education. Making sure everyone reads these documents sets a baseline. Because we discuss all the readings after the student completes them, I feel it also opens up dialogue that will set the stage for the entire time the student is working with me.
The following readings are organized in the order I like them to be read:
Recently, I've been thinking that I need an outlet for my professional thoughts on something other than Twitter. I came to the conclusion that I needed to start a blog... so here it is.
At this point I'm not sure how often I will post. So, let's get started on this new venture...