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Christina's LIS Rant
Tuesday, April 19, 2005
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I still maintain that the purpose of this blog is for my own knowledge and information management, but I feel like the time has come for me to make a small announcement. I will go back to school in the Fall to start work on my PhD. I'm going to the University of Maryland and I'll be in the College of Information Studies. I'll be able to transfer 24 of my MLS credits, but I'll still have years of work ahead of me. They recently changed their policy to allow part time PhD students which is good, because I'll continue to work full time as a sci/tech librarian in a non-profit research lab.

My field of study will be the personal information management, information seeking and information use of industrial scientists (as opposed to academic) and engineers. I try to be very practical and I hope to get out of this program the tools and knowledge I need to help my customers be more efficient.

What else? Oh, nothing will change with my membership in SLA and I will still be blogging here although I imagine that if I get bogged down in work, I might change some of my posting patterns.

Also, I want to thank my PhD-seeking role models from afar who don't even know they're mentoring me :) Thanks Lois and Lilia! Keep those reports from the front lines coming.
 
Comments:
Christina,

Congrats! I got my MLS at UM and enjoyed the program and the area. (I have no idea where you are now...but being inside the Beltway is very different.)

Enjoy and good luck!

Jill
 
Christina: Good luck with your PhD program, I admire your drive and inspiration! - Randy
 
Excellent! Welcome to the psychotic fold, yes that is a form of human origami. You’ll get used to it. LOL

Hope this means that we can get coffee sometime at a conference soon.

Good luck with the program, and remember that the first year is the toughest…on foot in front of the other and keep it moving forward. When in doubt crawl…has worked for me for five years.
 
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This is my blog on library and information science. I'm into Sci/Tech libraries, special libraries, personal information management, sci/tech scholarly comms.... My name is Christina Pikas and I'm a librarian in a physics, astronomy, math, computer science, and engineering library. I'm also a doctoral student at Maryland. Any opinions expressed here are strictly my own and do not necessarily reflect those of my employer or CLIS. You may reach me via e-mail at cpikas {at} gmail {dot} com.

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