Hack School Library Day in the life: Day Three

This is my third post as part of the Hack School Library Day in the Life Project. I’m am a UCD MLIS student in Dublin Ireland. I shall be finishing at the end of August and my classes this semester include digital libraries, research methods, information literacy and cataloguing. 

I said yesterday that I would not be blogging today as I would hopefully be attending the UCD InfoSoc table quiz. Alas I woke up sick this morning so  no college or socialising for me today.

This is a pain because, despite the fact that I had been looking forward to the table quiz and going out with some of my classmates after, I missed the most catalogue intensive day of the semester. This included a lecture on RDA, 2 guest lecturers who according to my Twitter feed were very interesting, and, most importantly, a revision lab for completing our assessment. This means that tomorrow, I shall be reading all of the textbooks. And I mean all. I’m pretty sure I have about five looking up at me as we speak. Tempting although it is today is not the day to tackle them because my brain has turned to sick person mush.

Instead I concentrated on finishing of my Research Methods assignment. Done now. Yay! Not very promising considering the mush brain but hopefully I got enough done yesterday that any mistakes I made today are pretty small (I was going to use a fancier word but mushy brain does not like spelling today).

That finished I did other college related things. I researched stuff. Can’t remember what though. I also had a few amazing ideas for things but they are also gone (this is why I need to buy post-its). Finally I decided that today is just not a day for work, needing some fresh air I went to my local library (it’s two seconds away) and decided that I would take out books that are both fun and will count as studying so I won’t feel guilty for reading them instead of doing other things. 

I don’t know about other students but guilt is a large chunk of my life at the moment. I always feel like I should be doing more college related stuff so I can find relaxing difficult unless I trick myself into thinking that it’s relevant to my work.

So back to the books I took out, as my Capstone (working title “Psychologist or Librarian: Bibliotherapy for Teenagers in Irish Public Libraries) involves an in depth knowledge of YA fiction – we have decided to go down the developmental bibliotherapy route- I decided to borrow as many YA novels as I could. Turns out we can now take out twelve books at a time which is great because I fly through these books. On top of this the woman at the desk is super nice and also loves YA so I ended up with thirteen books and the first Buffy the Vampire Slayer graphic novel on order (I heard she ends up with Spike. I really hope this is true – Go team Spike).

Anyways this is my reading list for the next few weeks in no particular order:

The Fault in our Stars – John Green

Kill All Enemies – Melvin Burgess

Ashes – Isla J. Bick

Gone – Micheal Grant

Nobody’s Girl – Sarah Manning

Pretty Bad Things – C. J. Skuse

The Gates- John Connolly

The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton

Stargirl – Jerry Spinelli

The Moth Diaries – Rachel Klein

Ultraviolet – RJ Anderson

Jenny Q, Stitched Up – Pauline McLynn

The Adoration of Jenna Fox – Mary E. Pearson

So now, instead of a lovely table quiz I am going to go rest with my books and hopefully I will be ready for work again bright and early tomorrow morning.



4 comments on “Hack School Library Day in the life: Day Three

  1. Walls says:

    Spike was so much cooler than Angel.

  2. mike P says:

    Maria, hi and how are you…?
    My name is Mike Power , I’ve a psychology background but I’ve always had a passion both for books and teaching, so bibliotherapy seems interesting..
    I’ve examined quite a bit of the literature here in Ireland but much of it seems kind of ‘clinical’ I nature. Are there wwws (Irish) that just use reading to promote general well-being..? Is this what your own thesis is about…?
    Anyway, Maria check back with you again.
    Good luck with the study!
    Mike P

    • mariabbutler says:

      Hi Mike,

      Yes that’s what our own research was about. We found that was very little that looked at developmental bibliotherapy here too. Although there are a number of public libraries who are exploring developmental bibliotherapy with younger children. Cork and Tallaght being two examples. If you wish to drop me an email at some stage and discuss dev. bib. you’re more than welcome to.

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