Rachel Martinez -KR Cohort 14 and happy to be here!

Hello Fellow KRs!

I can't believe it's already October. While I'm happy that the semester is halfway over, I'm also feeling like my brain is about to explode with all the things still left on my giant to-do list. I'm very thankful for those in my KR cohort who inspire me every time we get together for meetings. Now, I will spare everyone the mushiness and go ahead with the blog post.

The purpose of this blog is to inform you all about the experiences I have had thus far in the program, and maybe share a few laughs along the way.

Here I am, back in school, and loving it by Carl Murdock, KR Cohort 14

When I defended my dissertation 15 years ago I was pretty sure I was done with all things academic.  I spent the next decade working in bookstores, finding real joy in being able to get right down to working hard and then leaving it all at the shop when my day ended.  However, macroeconomic change (as in, the Great Recession) pushed me out of retail as bookstores began closing all around me.  I wound up at the public library and discovered the career I should have embarked upon in the first place over a decade ago.  I love working with the public, and love it even more in the library, where

Looking back

Jessica RedhouseKR 134/30/15

Looking back at my first semester in the Fall of 2015, I am proud and amazed that I made it, but at the same time I realize that I have learned so many things that helped me utilize my time better in my second semester.

Ofelia Zepeda -Knowledge River Cohort 13

When I first started Knowledge River, I was excited and unsure at the same time. I had just resigned from my somewhat steady job as a teacher to pursue a Master's Degree at a much larger university than I was accustomed (my undergraduate degree is from Northern Arizona University). I did not know what to expect, but was fairly certain I could handle the work load since I was used to late nights and never-ending piles of papers to grade. Graduate school is a lot of work, but it is enjoyable. When it is not as fun, I have my cohort for support.

What Ifs by Cynthia Palacios

Don’t have “what if’s”       by Cynthia Palacios

You can always find a reason not get out of your comfort zone.

Be the person that makes it happen, and make yourself stand out.

Don’t be fear-driven. When confronted with a change, opportunity, risk, etc. you either take it or stay where you are.

KR equips you to be the difference you want to see, go out and be that difference maker.

Answer your “what if” questions during your graduate experience. 

Here are some examples of my “what ifs”:

Medical Librarianship

Reminiscences of Samael Castillo

About two years ago I heard about the Knowledge River program. It sounded  very interesting, but at the same time something that I didn't think I could accomplish. I decided to give it a try after talking to a few graduates and to the manager of the program, all who encouraged me to go through the program. After submitting my application, sometime later, I found out I was accepted.

Karina's words of wisdom

Time flies by! I cannot believe that I am about to graduate with a Master's degree so fast. I am so happy to finally be approaching the end (I am so exhausted!), but as I look back I can't help thinking how much all that hard work has been worth it. Participating in the Knowledge River has presented me with wonderful experiences. Not only have I met some of my best friends now, I have also grown into myself as a person and as a professional. I've gotten to travel to conferences such as the Computers in Library Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. and the 2014 Annual ALA Conference in Las Vegas and met so many wonderful people in the profession. I am very grateful for my graduate assistant positions because I have learned to push past my shyness, learned to plan and lead workshops as well as gotten the hands on experience in the public library I had so wanted. I am now considering a career as a Children's librarian because of the experiences I have had leading Babytime at the Murphy-Wilmot Library.

There is so much that Knowledge River has to offer and I encourage everyone to take advantage of your time here. It will be over before you know it (even if some semesters feel to last forever and a day). Go to conferences, speak to people you don't know and push yourselves. If you are feeling stressed, reach out to your cohort and do something not related to school. It's important to take a little break once in a while so you don't get overwhelmed. My cohort has been a great support system and when we all get awesome jobs; we will be each other's professional network!

Good luck to you all and if you ever need anything (to talk or just hang out) I'd be happy to help :)

Karina Reyna

Pima County Superior Court Law Library and John Hernandez

My name is John Hernandez I am a part KR 12! I have had my GA ship with the Pima County Superior Court in Pima County. I have enjoyed my time there (I am currently there this semester via internship). Working at the court I have learned a great deal about Paternity, divorce, child support, and the statutes that cover the state of Arizona. I have also been assigned to projects such as “court night”. I have also had the opportunity to look at budget matters and use my knowledge from my research and stats class. I am currently, working at the Valdez library a.k.a main library. In addition, I am also working at Santa Rosa library. I like working in these two environments because I get to experience what I like to call the “big pond vs. small pond” exposure. Working in these three environments has allowed me to learn different skills and skill sets. At the main library, I have had the opportunity to work info line which is a service where the public can call in and ask any question that they may have, it is then the job of the person working info line to find the answer via databases and other tools to find the answers to their inquiries.

Some advice that I have for future KR’s is enjoy the ride! It goes by quickly, take advantage of opportunities go to AZLA ALA, talk with your professors and look for opportunities! I am grateful for the friends and relationships I have made along the way!