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|Sunday, September 21st, 2008|
Weak employment for LIS grads
K, let's throw another one out there! http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA527965.html
Let's discuss! According to this article, employment opportunities in the library field are very weak, even for people with Master's degrees. How about employment opportunities specifically in Toronto? With 100+ grads every year from UofT alone, I can't imagine the market is able to keep up with that influx.
|Saturday, September 20th, 2008|
Since my topic below appears to have stagnated, here's another one for you all:
I'm aware of the career choices that the website says are available to most LIS grads. Looks like librarian is the most popular, yet I've spoken to someone from the program who says that few LIS students are looking to become librarians. Many students apparently have other ambitions. Could people please list these other potential, less-discussed careers that LIS grads find? If you could also list the courses that most directly relate to these careers, that would be great too. Thanks.
|Sunday, September 14th, 2008|
I'm considering applying to FIS for the MISt but still need to do a lot of research. Could somebody please explain to me the difference between Library and Information Science, Archives and Records Management, and Information Systems???
I have been reading through the FIS website but I still wasn't able to get my head around the differences. I guess I'm looking for somebody to put it more into layman's terms for me. Thanks in advance.
|Wednesday, April 9th, 2008|
Hello there! I'm just about to send out my acceptance (no bookmark this year!), though I knew I'd be going to FIS so long as I got in for some months now. I'm a student with disabilities and I've got a great support structure in Toronto, so the choice wasn't a difficult one. I'm really excited to start the program this fall, though I'm not sure which way I want to go with specialization just yet. I'm interested in both Archival Studies and Library Science and haven't ruled out a double-specialization. I'm lately from York University's Glendon campus, where I studied drama, though I call the west coast home. For those of you embroiled in it, I hope end-of-term is going well!
|Monday, September 24th, 2007|
We're suddenly (slightly) more famous
Hey, we're on the W05 Blogging & RSS: An Introduction workshop hand out! Um, hey there.
Additionally, would anyone like to meet up for drinks as moander
was querying earlier, or is everyone up to their eyeballs in work?
|Sunday, September 16th, 2007|
I hope you've had a great first week and are feeling good about FIS. I am, aside from being buried in readings :)
At any rate, this Thursday, Sept. 20 at 10am is when we first years are allowed to register our elective. No further instructions have come out yet, but when I registered for courses over the summer, I took care to make gaps for courses that sounded interesting to me.
Here are the three I'm considering:
2304 - Information Security
2120 - Conservation and Preservation (I'm an Archives geek -- though I assume I can take this one next year and that it is offered regularly)
2305 - Surveillance and Identity
Thoughts? Interjections? Your picks?
|Thursday, September 13th, 2007|
|Thursday, August 23rd, 2007|
U of T LJ Meetup
There hasn't been a ton of activity in this group lately, so I guess eveyone is either settling in getting ready for the start of the term, or preparing to do the same. Hopefully, everyone is having a good time of it, and your class and workshop registrations brought you all the happiness in the world.
I thought it might be fun for our LJ group (small as it is) to try to get together for a little meetup prior to the start of the semester, so we can get to know some people before the term starts. I've talked to a couple of people (OK, fine, lollerk8 and edwud) about this, but are there other people who would be interested?
I'd love to just get together with folks over a couple drinks, and just meet some people. I also think friends/SOs should be welcome, but then I have a vested interest in trying to meet as many new people as possible. Does anybody else have any suggestions? Are people into this idea?
|Monday, August 6th, 2007|
|Friday, July 27th, 2007|
|Wednesday, July 25th, 2007|
Schedule of classes
Well, I told hipsunderhands
I was going to post my schedule here, and maybe it'll be helpful for somebody (possibly as a cautionary tale).Monday:
9:00am: FIS1330 - Archive Concepts and Issues
6:30pm: FIS1341 - Analyzing Information SystemsTuesday:
9:00am: FIS1310 - Information Resources and ServicesWednesday:
1:00pm: FIS1340 - Introduction to Information SystemsThursday:
1:00pm: FIS1210 - Information and its Social Contexts
You probably noticed I have 5 classes. I am hedging a bit here, as I'm still undecided what I want my balance of archives/LIS courses to be. I'm talking to some people and will probably sit in on both classes for a bit while I'm deciding. Any advice is appreciated. =)
Judy gave me the thumbs-up on only taking one core class this first term, as she said it would be useful for me to get some field classes knocked down. Anybody else doing this?
|Thursday, July 19th, 2007|
How did course registration go for everyone? Do you get the courses/timeslots you were hoping for? What did you end up with?
To start this off, I'm planning on only taking classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays this year. My courses are (not counting the elective I'm hoping to sign up for in September) --1st semesterTuesday morning:
FIS1210 0101 -- Information and its Social ContextsTuesday afternoon:
FIS1310H 0102 -- Information Resources and ServicesThursday morning:
FIS1230H 0104 -- Management of Information OrganizationsThursday afternoon:
FIS1311H 0103 -- Information Technology Applications2nd semesterTuesday afternoon:
FIS1240H 0103 -- Research MethodsThursday morning:
FIS1325H 0102 -- Online Information RetrievalThursday afternoon:
FIS1320H 0103 -- Introduction to Bibliographic Control
Does anyone share any classes with me? Did anyone need any help with registration?
|Friday, July 13th, 2007|
Just got my Inforum/orientation package in the mail yesterday... I'm fairly sure I'll be applying for both of these positions. Anyone else?
|Wednesday, June 20th, 2007|
Did anyone attend the online orientation tonight? How was it? And is anyone else on here planning on coming to the in-person one tomorrow night? I'm excited about getting to meet some of you soon. :)
|Monday, June 11th, 2007|
hi everyone. i am new to this community, and don't know much about information/museum studies to be honest. i will be starting my MA in economics at U of T this fall. however, i see myself working at a library or a museum more than becoming an economist, so i've been reading about the faculty of information studies at U of T from time to time.. i am thinking of applying to FIS after i finish my MA, especially if i grow more disillusioned by economics, but i am worried i have only taken economics and math courses as an undergrad, so i don't think i have a fitting background. the information studies page only requires a four year BA degree, but the museum studies specifically states "courses relevant to museum studies" - i highly doubt math and econ count as those. if anyone is in museum studies here, maybe he/she could elaborate on this.. also, if one pursues a degree in museum studies, can you only work at the museums? sorry, i really am new to this field. i really don't know anything, except i just feel at ease being in a library or at a museum, and wouldn't mind working there, especially if it's like, British Library or museums in madrid.. j/k
|Thursday, June 7th, 2007|
Computing Resources at FIS
So, it's getting pretty close to go time for the fall. I've been looking at buying a new laptop for school (since my current one is a work-owned asset), but since we're still looking at financing an international move to get to Toronto, funds are a bit scarce at the moment.
My question is this: since I may very well be living some distance from campus, having a laptop obviously seems pretty ideal. However, that money might better be spent on, say, furniture. How widely available are computing centers/resources around campus and at Inforum? I'll definitely want to pick something up eventually, but I'm wondering if I mightn't be able to use campus resources for at least a little while until we get a little more stable.
|Thursday, May 24th, 2007|
Question for the incoming horde
I'm wondering why you chose FIS over the other Canadian or American library schools? What swayed your decision come to our mad little faculty (and don't tell me it was the bookmark)?
|Sunday, May 20th, 2007|
Entrance scholarships and awards for FIS
Has anyone heard about scholarships or awards for people entering the program? I just sent my final transcript in a couple of days ago so I haven't heard one way or the other, but I'm more just wondering how likely it is for an entering student to receive one. Financial details about it are really not necessary (i.e., I'm not looking to find out how much they are for), but rather just curious if anyone has received one yet at all. Are they usually awarded in the summer or in September instead?
|Monday, May 7th, 2007|
So, I thought I had decided to go elsewhere, but I find myself reconsidering. I would much rather live in Toronto than the area around the other school I committed to. But I don't really know what either area is like. What is the area around U of Toronto like? I know it is expensive to live in, but from what I can tell it isn't any more so then where I am living now, or the area around the other school. Also, for anyone already involved in the program/at the school; do you know anyone focusing on children's services? Is it possible to focus on that? Do you know what the difference between the MISt and the MLIS is? Man. I blame the folder and the cute little bookmark. Toronto is wooing me with gifts of school supplies.