I’ve been reading fairly constantly since about noon, but I think I’ve earned a break. If I were at work, I would have had at least one break already, and be due for the next.
I’ve been trying to keep things fresh by switching between readings when I start getting tired of one. Less than 20 pages to go in the Metadata text; I have no idea how many in the Research Methodologies text; but the Cataloging reading is all done. What’s left for that now, is play, and the graded exercise (which I’m telling myself not to stress about — but nor should I let it slide until the last minute [which would be Monday morning]).
I’ve completed my graded work for Research Methodologies for this week, though I still have to finish Chapter 4 and listen to a lecture or two (not due yet). The more difficult work is in Metadata, because of the technicality of the reading (I really don’t have a background in Computer Science), but I’ve encouraged myself on with that because if I want to work with computers and the Web, the Metadata work is going to help…and I’ve actually started to be able to read and understand the coding in examples in the text.
Of course, that’s XML (information organization) instead of HTML, but it’s…interesting to get the 19th-century version of information management, as versus the 21st-century one, so long as I don’t bang my head against the wall and declare Cataloging to be ancient enough not to bother with. After all, it is still currently used.
I did have, somewhere around here, a paper or electronic copy of classes I would be taking if I continued on an Information Organization and Retrieval (IOR for short) path, but I’m not entirely sure where it is. I think it must be in hard copy, somewhere.
Okay, I found it, and have been using the last 20-30 minutes cross-referencing that hard copy with my newer track. I’m switching to Digital Services. There are only two classes I would have taken in IOR which I won’t take in Digital Services, one of which rotates and which I can take if it comes up. Under Digital services, I have two classes which I’m kind of “eh” about (one of which, Marketing, is something I can take on top of everything else, as I already have had a Marketing course in undergrad), and two which I really want to take (Database Management, Web Usability). Then there are the two breadth requirements that I need for ALA accreditation, both of which would be essential if I were working in a library setting.
I might be able to switch one or both of those out if the opportunity arises, but pretty much this is looking good.
…And I have three classes, only, which are given both in Fall and Spring (though luckily, one in each semester before the final one).
At least my analytical skills are sharper than they used to be. If I’d been this sharp before, I would have known not to take Beginning Cataloging…and the two Library-oriented classes I took last Fall. And I would have taken the technical course in my first semester, so that I wouldn’t have had to take non-technical courses in my second. Right now I know I will need a class in XML and Project Management — I might be able to take either or both of those, during the Summer, but they’re offered on rotating bases (basises?), so I can’t really bet on it. I might also be able to take either or both of those with University Extension, or online; or in Special Session after graduation. (Actually, XML doesn’t look hard — even though it’s fairly required — maybe I could earn an independent Certificate for that, or…maybe it just won’t be that hard because I’ll have taken Metadata, before.)
Right now, my past, current, and projected courseload is split about 50/50 between Library work and online work.
H*ll, maybe I could even take 12 units, one or two semesters (though XML is only taught in Special Session [which I’m not in] and in Summer)…I’d just really have to focus and get serious…