Its the Sunday before summer session starts and I’m writing this final post from the reference desk. The library is pretty quiet (there’s literally nobody here) so I figured it’d be a good time to write. Three Saturdays ago marked my one-year anniversary of being FSU’s data librarian. The purpose of this blog was to reflect on my experiences as a first year librarian. I did this because it’s something that I thought folks in library school would enjoy reading since I enjoyed similar types of things when I was working toward my MLIS. This is the first time I’ve ever blogged and I couldn’t have been more self-conscious about it (I still am). Sharing my thoughts for the internet to digest was something I’ve never been too comfortable with but I’m learning to embrace (and actually like) it. I was reading over this blog in its entirety this morning and, while I know I’m not much of a wordsmith, I was happy with what I saw and am glad that I challenged myself to do this.
In the beginning, I was a pretty good job of periodically sharing my thoughts on here but it looks like I haven’t posted since January. Too much has happened over the past five months to summarize in a blog post but I imagine that’s why I’ve fallen off the radar a bit. So, I won’t try to do that.This past year was everything I expected and more. I’m working in a job that still feels very new to me and every day is still exciting. That being said, there is a level of comfort associated with approaching something for the second time.
Summer is conference season and this year I’ll be traveling instead of getting adjusted to a new position. I’ll be headed up to Minneapolis in June for the IASSIST annual conference, which is geared toward folks working with information technology and data services to support research and leaning in the social sciences. This will be my first national or international conference.
Also, I’ll be giving my first conference presentation at the Florida Library Association annual conference this year on “The Power of Open Data!”. I did a lightning round at a local conference when I was a staff member but this is my first break out session. I’m really excited about this presentation because it discuss the benefits and utility of open data for academic and public librarians. Come to think of it, FLA will be my first state conference as well.
Like I said earlier, I’m approaching this second year with a bit more confidence and a lot better of an understanding of what I want to help my organization accomplish. Writing this blog was a great experience but I think it’s served its purpose. I’ll keep these posts up here for anyone interested but will likely be making a new professional website this summer. I’ll be sure to blast that on Twitter once it’s up and running!
For those who followed along, I really appreciate it. Hope it was as much fun to read as it was to write.