I should be finishing up my writing sample for an internship application, but I’m writing a new blog post about nothing.
My week has been filled with trying to catch up on everything I fell behind on while I was away. I’m on a committee that is planning a Spring colloquium for NCCU’s SLIS department. Our program description is: Library professionals focusing on the issue of career placement. This is a pretty new thing for me, planning a pretty big time event from scratch. Right now I’m working on securing the building.
On Tuesday, a classmate of mine told me about this article on a library in Alamance county, NC that has stopped accepting an identification that a lot of immigrants use to get library cards. I was immediately appalled because it goes against everything I’ve been taught in my Library Science education so far. I took to Facebook, posting the article, then I talked with the professor of my Public Library course about what I can do. I’ve emailed REFORMA, an organization that supports library services to Latinos and Spanish-speaking people, so I’m just waiting to hear back from them.
I’m applying for summer internships now, two of which need to be done by tomorrow. One is to be a Library Intern with CNN in Atlanta and the other is a Research and Publications Intern position with the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) in DC. The ELI application requires an analytical essay writing sample of 3-5 pages. I searched and searched through old papers, but I didn’t have anything matching the
description, so I had to seek out a topic and write one from scratch. I chose this one from the samples of GRE issue topics:
Claim: It is no longer possible for a society to regard any living man or woman as a hero.
Reason: The reputation of anyone who is subjected to media scrutiny will eventually be diminished.
Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the claim and the
reason on which that claim is based.
I’m having a little trouble reaching 3 pages, but hopefully I can pull it together today and send it in.
I have a group project meeting tomorrow afternoon where we have to create and information literacy program for an academic library.
Lastly, I’m still trying to put together a research project that combines my undergraduate education in Sociology or my interest in Cultural Anthropology and library science. I have a lot of research to do to form a coherent and relevant research question.