My name is Monica and this is my first ever blog so bear with me. Social media is something that I have actively consumed for many years but other than posting the odd picture/comment to facebook I rarely make original contributions –so it looks like I have a lot to learn this term! Taking a course about the implications and applications of social media tools in libraries seems like a no-brainer; as libraries and organizations in general continue to operate in an increasing digital format learning how to create and evaluate social media tools will be a beneficial skill set for future employment.
I am in my fifth term of the MLIS program . . . yes it has been a painfully slow process knocking off two classes a term but Rome wasn’t built in a day right? I also work at King’s College as a Reference Assistant fielding research questions and troubleshooting technology. I love working in an academic library and have found the opportunities it awards me to apply the theoretical knowledge from our program to practical situations particularly rewarding.
I have a bachelor of arts in Social Justice and Peace Studies and Criminology. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the Social Justice program, I was able to spend many of my summers conducting independent courses while volunteering in Ecuador and Tanzania. I have a passion for service learning and of course international travel. After completing my undergrad I worked at an elementary school in Canada’s arctic for two years, I was given the task of establishing the school’s library; I weeded books from the school’s residential era and purchased new ones with a $150 000 grant from Scholastic. It was there that I realized the importance of libraries and literacy and the impact that they can have on the lives of children especially those that are disadvantaged. These realizations were further solidified after joining Librarians Without Boarders and traveling to Guatemala last spring to volunteer at an elementary school library. It is my hope that at the end of the program I will be able to find new ways to continue to promote literacy and establish libraries in the North.