Monday, January 9, 2017

Welcome to Week One!

Hello Everyone!

I am very excited to get to know you all and get this class going! My name is Erin Cataldi, and I will be teaching this course. I am the teen and adult services librarian at the Clark Pleasant Branch of the Johnson County Public Library as well as the readers' advisory manager of the system. If you're ever in New Whiteland (south of Indianapolis), please feel free to visit me! I'd love to get to meet you in person as well!

This class is fun. We read fun things and generally have great discussions. However it has a lot of reading. If you are interested in doing Readers’ Advisory you likely enjoy reading anyway, but I want to make sure at the beginning that all of you are aware that you will be responsible for readings in the textbook, relevant articles, and reading five novels in different genres throughout the course of this class. If you do not think you will be able to handle this much reading you may want to drop this course. I will expect you to allude to the readings in your weekly prompts.

This week I want you to concentrate on learning a bit about the history of readers’ advisory, reviewing the syllabus, and thinking about what genres you will be interested in learning more about. By the end of Week Two, you will need to tell me what five genres you are interested in reading and annotating for this class. I strongly recommend that you choose at least one genre that you never read, for your own benefit and learning experience, and one genre you are an expert in or that is your favorite, for our benefit and learning experience.

Also by the end of Week Two, you will need to create a blog. Most of our communication in this class will be via blog. I feel this is a more organic way to communicate than Canvas forums, plus you can keep it after you graduate. If you have never created a blog before and need help let me know. I used to let students pick whatever blog site they wanted but it led to some chaos so I am requiring everyone to create a blog using blogger. It is very easy to create and upkeep, and it's free! Once you give me your blog URL, I will post it in the blog roll on this blog. That way you can see all of your classmates’ blogs and easily comment on them, follow them, however you want to keep track – it’s up to you. It has proven a great way to start or add to your social network of librarians. Feel free to use your current blog if you have one (as long as it is in Blogger) – just please label any assignments clearly.

I will expect you to comment on each others’ blogs. Reading about what other people are reading helps A LOT in readers’ advisory. I know this probably goes unsaid but just in case, there is one ground rule – this is a safe place. No teasing each other – if someone says the only book they have ever loved is a sparkly vampire romance they are to be treated with respect, just as a patron would. The definition of a good book, for the purpose of readers' advisory, is always one that is enjoyed by the reader.

I have posted more detailed assignment descriptions in Canvas resources. Please review them this week and let me know if you have any questions. Please check this blog weekly!

You may ask me questions any way is easy for you – comment on this blog or you can text or email me. Thanks, and I really look forward to getting to know all of you! Happy Monday!

66 comments:

  1. Hi Everyone!

    My name is Shelby and this is my last semester in the MLS program! Yay! I'm currently an Activity Guide for Central Library downtown and I plan and implement activities for families and students who visit on group field trips. It's a lot of fun, lots of robotics, coding, STEAM stuff. I'm also getting married in September which is going to be exciting and probably drive me crazy as I'm trying to graduate and plan the wedding as well. I'm looking forward to this class!

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    1. Congrats, Shelby, on your final semester and getting married! This is my final semester as well, so I hope we can complete it on a strong note.

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    2. A pleasure to meet you Shelby and congrats on getting married! What a busy year!

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    3. Thanks! Also here is my blog: http://shelbysbookshelfindy.blogspot.com/

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    4. Congrats on your upcoming marriage! Lots of wedding planning, so exciting

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  2. Hi all! I'm Avery and here's the link to my blog:
    storiesxstories.blogspot.com

    Looking forward to reading with y'all this semester!

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  3. Hi everyone. My name is Rob and I live in South Bend with my wife and two young daughters. The vast majority of my non-library time is spent reading books, playing games, and putting on family adaptations of Annie in our living room. (I’m always Daddy Warbucks.) When the girls finally go to bed I watch, listen, read about, or write about baseball (usually I do a combination of at least two of those) before nodding off on the couch.

    My blog will be at rfcarp.blogspot.com

    Looking forward to the semester.

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    1. Hello Rob! It's a pleasure to meet you!

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  4. Hello everyone,

    My name is Julie, and I live in Zionsville, Indiana, where I work at the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library. I've been there since 2008 and have advanced from a high-school teen shelver to working in the Circulation Department.

    My blog can be found at jbjewelz.blogspot.com, and I am excited to complete my last semester with everyone in this class!

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    1. I've got your blog down and am excited to get to know you!

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  5. Hello Everyone,

    My name is Jonathan, but please feel free to call me Jon, if you like. I don't mind either. I live in Connecticut, with my (insert way too many positive adjectives here) wife, as well as our son and daughter. I not only just wrapped up a Reference Services Internship at a local library here in CT, but I will will also be graduating at the completion of this semester. I am starting to apply for some jobs now and keeping my fingers crossed while I wait to hear back from a recent interview for Reference Librarian.

    I'm greatly looking forward to getting to know each of you better, as well as learning and reading with you! You can find my blog at http://theadvisorialreader.blogspot.com/ I'm really excited about this class!

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    1. Good luck with the job! I look forward to getting to know you!

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  6. Hello Fellow Library Professionals,

    My name is Kamara Shonhai. I work at the Spades Park Library of IndyPL. I am a Public Service Associate. I am responsible for a lot of the same tasks as a librarian. My current position lead me to library school. I am, hopefully, in my last semester of the MLIS program. With two children, a husband, and a full time job life can be somewhat demanding and I will be glad for a little more time with family once I am done with school.

    I am taking this course in hopes that it will help me sharpen my skills in helping adults find the right books. I have worked in public libraries since I was a teenager. I know what I like. I majored in elementary education and currently work in the children's department at my job so I feel like I have a very good handle on what children want and need from books. My weak spot is working with adults.

    I look forward to getting to know everyone! Let's make this a great semester.

    My blog can be found at http://kshonzbooks.blogspot.com

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    1. Great bio! I'm looking forward to getting to know you and having you in my class!

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  7. Hello everyone,

    My name is Laura and I live in Nashville, TN with my husband and 2 awesome dogs. This is my last full semester (I'll have one more class to take this summer) in the program. Huzzah!

    You can find my blog here: http://theshelfhelpsection.blogspot.com/

    I'm looking forward to getting to know you all!

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    1. There is a light at the end of the tunnel! Pleasure to meet you!

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    2. Laura, congrats on almost being finished!

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  8. My name is Jenny, I live in New Castle, IN with my husband two daughters, cat and dog. I currently teach high school science. This is my 4th semester in the program, I would like to work in Readers Advisory or Youth Services. I love to read and will read just about anything.

    My blog is http://yergibear.blogspot.com/

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    1. A girl after my own heart, I read all over the spectrum. Nice to meet you!

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  9. Hello everyone! My name is Jennifer and I live in Evansville, Indiana where I am a Reader's Advisor at Oaklyn Library. I mainly work with the Youth Services side of things, but I also help out on the adult side, as well. This is my 4th semester in the program. Other that working and going to school I like to read, knit, travel, and hang out with my husband and our cat, Holden Pawfield.

    This is the link to my blog: http://jenniferlovesbooks.blogspot.com/

    I look forward to getting to know everyone!

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    1. I am in love with your cat's name! How clever! I look forward to getting to know you!

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  10. I'm LeighAnn, and I live in Memphis, TN where I work as Library Assistant (all of the fun, less of the pay), at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library. Despite focusing my whole MSLIS program on youth and youth services, I now work in the History department. The History Department also houses the Memphis/Shelby County Room archives, and we have people come from all over the world to research here. Having been hired as an adult LA, I figured I should take at least one adult services class.

    My Blog:
    https://myviewfromthestacks.blogspot.com/

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    1. I'm glad this is the class you chose! My undergrad was in history and I LOVED it. It's nice to meet you!

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  11. My name is Kate. I’m from Schererville, Indiana (40 miles outside of Chicago). I graduated from Purdue University Calumet in 2012 with a Liberal Arts degree; I majored in history and got a minor in English.

    After graduation (which will be later this year!) I plan on becoming a reference librarian at a public library, hopefully with the Lake County Public Library System, which is where I work now as an Assistant Librarian at the St. John, IN branch, where I focus on teen and adult services. A few programs I facilitate monthly are teen anime club, teen gaming day, teen crafting, a travel film series and a classic film series.

    In the past I have worked with the Humane Society Calumet Area, Purdue University Calumet, and as a babysitter for the same family for 5 years. All of my previous jobs sum me up pretty well: I love children, animals and furthering my education. I love to read, I enjoy photography, traveling, and I love all things nerdy (Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Sci-fi, Legos, Disney, comics, video games, etc…)

    P.S.-I made this blog years ago. I don't remember choosing the name "nerd girl"...not embarrassing at all. :/

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    1. Aha! I figured out how to change my display name! :)

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    2. I grew up in the region and my first job was with the Lowell Public Library, small world! I've got your blog up, thanks for sharing and I look forward to getting to know you over the semester!

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    3. Hello Proffesor Cataldi. I have not created my blog yet, but will soon and then share it with the class. I have not created a blog before only a couple of websites for other classes. So, it may take me a little extra time to create a blog.

      I wanted to comment on your post about working at Lowell library. I have been working at the Lowell public library for just over a year now. I do the non-fiction cataloging and reference help. Here is a website I designed about the history of the town founder and the three library buildings. https://lowellhistoryblog.wordpress.com/ I do not live in Lowell I live about 45 minutes north.

      My other website is about the history of pulp art from pulp magazines.

      Before this job I spent 16 years working at the Library at Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting, IN.

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    4. Really small world Robert! I technically worked at the Shelby Branch for 5 years but I pitched in and did stuff at the main branch as well. It's a great little system and I loved working there. Great little site! Blogger is even easier to navigate then wordpress so I think you'll do fine when you create your blog. Thanks for sharing! It's always nice to meet fellow region rats!

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  12. Hi everyone! My name is Chaise Carter and I currently live in Dallas, TX. I recently moved from Carmel, Indiana to Dallas when my wife relocated down here for work. Previously, I worked at the Carmel Clay Public Library as one of their Young Adult Assistants, doing much of their programming, as well as the library’s Instagram. Now, I work at the Dallas Public Library Central library as one of their Children’s Center library associates. I’ve only been in this role for two whole weeks, but it’s definitely something that I am growing to love, especially the challenge of going from a library with a fairly large budget, to one with virtually none. This is my final semester of this program and I am super excited to see where my MLS will take me next.

    My website is chaisethelibrarian.blogspot.com I will definitely be updating the website to fit my aesthetic soon! This should be an adventure because I typically make weebly sites. Check out one of my other sites, chaisethelibrarian.weebly.com

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    1. Woohoo on the move and almost being done, I've got your website up on my blog and thank you for sharing the other one as well! It's a pleasure to meet you!

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    2. Chaise, So glad to have another class with you!

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  13. Hello, everyone! I live in Fort Wayne, IN with my husband. I am currently the adult services supervisor at Eckhart Public Library. Here is the url to my blog http://bookishlib.blogspot.com.

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    1. Hello Darcy, it's nice to meet you! What is your last name so I can get you up on the blogger, I can't believer I have TWO in one class! what odds?!

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    2. Wow, another Darcy? I have only met two in my life! My last name is Darcy Armstrong.

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    3. Thanks so much! I've got your url up on the site!

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    4. When I saw the name Darcy Armstrong I thought "Oh no! They have my last name wrong!" Haha!
      First time I have been in a class with another Darcy. Nice to meet you!

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  14. Hi! I'm Ashley. I'm a stay at home mom to 5 (youngest is 5 months), and a fluffy dog. In my "spare time" I'm also a LuLaRoe fashion consultant. This begins the second half of my MLS coursework and I'm jazzed to learn more about reader's advisory services, as it has been one of my favorite aspects of my courses so far. My undergrad is in music and my other special interest is disability advocacy. I'm looking forward to working alongside you all. I'm really close to the Clark-Pleasant library so I'll have to stop in sometime and say Hi!
    My blog is www.lifeuponthewickedpage.blogspot.com

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    1. Man you keep busy! 5 kids, a business, and school! Get it girl! Please do stop in sometime! It's nice to meet you :)

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  15. Hi. I'm Jodi. I work for the Lake County Public Library in Northwest Indiana.

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  16. Hi.Could someone tell me if they get to my blog at this url?
    Thanks
    http://jodigreadersadvisory.blogspot.com/

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    1. Nice to meet another region-ite Jodi! Your url works and I've added your blog to this site. Thanks!

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  17. Hi everyone,
    My name is Melissa. I also work for the Lake County Public Library in Northwest Indiana. I have been in the system for 13 years beginning as a page, then a clerk, and now a Youth Services assistant librarian. You can find my blog at http://melnowak.blogspot.com/

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    1. I love how many people are from the region!! Pleasure to meet you!

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  18. Hello,

    I'm Joanna. I'm a PSA for Indy PL. The job is basically a librarian without the degree. I do everything from collection management and purchasing to programing and outreach. I got the Library Technical Assistant degree in 2012 from Ivy Tech, and I'll graduate from our MLS program in May.

    I've already done a reader's advisory "secret shopper" assignment for another class. You can read about it here: https://indylibrarytech.wordpress.com/2015/12/20/readers-advisory-observation/ So I'm hoping this course is going to require stretching beyond what is familiar.

    In my spare time I'm putting together a circulating catalog for the equipment collection at the local makerspace.

    My blog for this class is http://myrealblogisinwordpress.blogspot.com/

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    1. Joanna, what type of makerspace does your library have? I am on the team for our makerspace. We have a crafting edge with sewing machines and teaching kitchen planned.

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  19. Hi!

    I'm Taylor. I'm a knowledge management and information governance specialist at Ice Miller. I basically work with data most of the day. I've worked in public libraries before and would love to end up working in the IT side of a public library system.

    This is my final semester in completing my MLS. I currently live in Brownsburg, but my fiance and I will be buying a house within the next couple of months. I look forward to learning more about reader's advisory!

    My blog is booksatrillion.blogspot.com

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  20. Hello Professor Cataldi and fellow classmates.

    My name is Robert Bussie. Besides this class I am taking S621: Audio and Video Sources. This is my last semester in the MLS program! It has been a fun, challenging, and very educational experience.

    This is the first blog I have created.

    I have been working at a small public library for just over a year. Before this I spent 16 years working at a college academic library. I have almost zero experiences in reader's advisory; however I am active on GoodReads. I find reviewing books on that website to be very addictive.

    On a personal note, this past September I celebrated my 10th wedding anniversary with my wonderful wife Tiffani. We have a fun loving, but ornery dachshund named Molly. When I am not working or doing homework (which takes up a lot of my time) I have a several hobbies. I enjoy creating art work in a variety of mediums with colored pencils and acrylic painting being my current favorites. I have also written and directed several live old time radio shows (OTR). I am an avid hiker who also enjoys other outdoor activities like kayaking and biking.

    I am a proud self-admitting nerd that loves reading comic books, graphic novels, and art books.

    My blog is http://diabolical-genius.blogspot.com

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    1. Congrats on 10 years and almost being done with the degree!

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  21. I am Anne Britton and I live in Mishawaka, Indiana. I am half way done with my MLS degree and hope to finish by December. I work in the Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library as an adult reference librarian. This is a new role as I just transitioned from a paralibrarian two weeks ago. I have also worked in the library as a shelver and children's assistant librarian. I currently prepare the deliveries for our homebound patrons and this class in reader's advisory will help me with not only the deliveries but assist at the service desk.

    I have been married to my husband Scott for 26 years. We have 5 children, 3 sons and 2 daughters. I homeschooled all of my kids through high school. My youngest is a sophomore in high school and I continue to homeschool her.

    My blog is annespageturner.blogspot.com

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    1. I've been to that library! Very nice! I've noted your url on this blog. Thanks!

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  22. Hello! I'm Leah Cover, and here's the link to my blog:

    http://mallowsheep.blogspot.com/

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  23. Hello! My name is Jenna Hedge. I am a 26 year old Circulation Clerk from Anderson, Indiana. I have been working at my library since 2012, when I finished my bachelor's in Psychology.

    This is my last semester at IUPUI, and I hope to gain a new skill in this class because I have no formal experience with reader's advisory. I admit I have not been a huge serial fiction reader in the past, so go easy on me. ;) I hope to not only gain career knowledge in this class, but develop my own taste while I'm at it.

    I look forward to working with and learning from all of you!

    Here is my blog URL: http://jenhed.blogspot.com

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    1. Hey Jenna! I've got your blog down. And don't worry, this class won't be too daunting, I promise you'll pick up lots of new tips and tricks and maybe the urge to read more often. Thanks for the intro!

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  24. Hello! My name is Darcy Stricker. I am in my last semester of earning my MLS at IU. I have lived in Bloomington for about eight years now after initially moving here for my undergraduate career in elementary education. I currently work at IU's education library and a local preschool in town. Soon, I hope to combine my two passions and work with youth services in a public library.

    Nice to meet you all!

    (my blog url: darcyreads.blogspot.com)

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    1. Pleased to meet you! I've got your url up on the blog. Thanks for sharing!

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  25. HI! My name is April Holmes and I am in the second semester of pursuing my MLS, specializing in Adult/Public Library Services. I currently live in Grand Rapids, MI and I hope to start working in a library with adults because I would be able to relate to them easily. I am really looking forward to this class because of these goals. My blog URL is http://holmesa1482.blogspot.com/. Nice to meet you!

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  26. Hello all! My name is Annette Muyumba, and this is my second year in the MLS program. I have just chosen to specialize in the Public Library area, but I have a growing love for Technical Services. I live in Terre Haute, Indiana (born and raised) and graduated from Indiana State University in 2014, with a bachelor's in Human Resource Development. Quite a switch from my undergrad! I currently work at a locally owned grocery store in Terre Haute called Baesler's Market. I am an assistant manager of the front end (cashiers) but I also help in the Pricing and Accounts Payable departments. I have worked at Baesler's for almost eight years! I also volunteer at my local public library in the Technical Services department. This class looks like it will be fun and interesting! Glad to meet you all!

    blog: amuyumba.blogspot.com

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  27. Thanks so much for the intro! I have added your url to this blog! I look forward to getting to know you!

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  28. Hello everyone. My name is Rachel Rice. This is my final semester, hopefully, of the MLS program. I live up north by the Michigan line. I currently work at the Elkhart Public Library as the Department Head of Outreach Services. This will be my 18th year. During this time the department has changed from bookmobiles to outside the building programming and lobby stops. My blog is : http://raerae58.blogspot.com/

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    1. Pleased to meet you! I have added your url to this blog. Thanks!

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