Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Think Twice on the Master's Degree

Forbes just published a list of the top 10 best and worst  master's degrees for jobs.

And the number one worst master's degree is (drumroll please) you guessed it - Library and Information Science.

This doesn't really come as a surprise now given the global state of libraries are continuing to decline due to budget cuts and these affects all library sectors. And usually, the first to go when budgets are tight are the personnel. 

Though it might seem that librarianship is no longer a lucrative career, the skills one learns in library and information science school is transferable to other disciplines.

So go ahead and consider pursuing another discipline and believe me you'll be glad you did. It definitely broadens your perspective and bring out skills you didn't know you had in you. 

I did it twice.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

These books are worth eating

     It's Library and Information Week here and this year's theme is "Think Outside the Book". To celebrate this week, we held an edible book competition.

     My personal favorite was "Marley and Me".

      But "Jack and the Beanstalk" was simply awesome!

      Check out the rest of the competition here and see that they truly were worth eating. Though it broke my heart to see "Marley" cut up.

Friday, February 10, 2012

On Reading, DRM, and Ebook Readers

I've recently attended a couple of sessions at VALA 2012 and there were plenty of discussions surrounding the growth of ebook collection and use in libraries across the country. And I personally think that the main issue is that of access.

I couldn't agree more with Joe Wilkert for calling to move for a unified ebook format and an end to DRM. Librarians have been advocating for this for years. From a personal and professional point of view, proprietary ebook software and DRM only serve the pockets of publishers and manufacturers. I am always for freedom of choice and Kindle and its ilk deprives me of that.

However, non-proprietary ebook readers like tablets and non-DRM ebook readers pose a different set of issues all together. Joe mentioned in his article about using different apps for different formats. Since I'm not such a great app fan, I only have Stanza and Good Reader on my iPhone which serves my purpose but there are more apps out there. Then there's the various platforms ebook suppliers and publishers use that complicate matters further. Again, it has to do with access.

I also have this Laser Ebook EB101 which is a disappointment really as it falls short of what it claims it can do. I can't even begin to write about its shortcomings as there are plenty short of saying it was a complete waste of money. 

These drive home the point that there is plenty of room for ebook publishers to do right by us, the consumers, and make access simpler. Or easier.