Words of wisdom from Jaime Valenzuela

Happy Halloween KR!
My blog is due today and it is now 8:16 on this Friday morning; I am only starting to write. I want to leave you with some advice because I think advice is the best piece of writing I can provide any reader at this time. I hope this find you all well.
I urge you all to do as much as you can now. I know at KR 13 orientation I spoke of volunteering and getting as much experience as possible. I am not sure how much experience many of you have; I failed to ask so for that, forgive me. Those in need of it I suggest you get it now. Most of you are now past the half-way point of this semester, and I am sure that there is a wide range of emotions we are all feeling now. I feel a sense of content. I have a part-time job at Freeport McMoran Inc. and a GA at the UA Tree-Ring Lab. The work I am doing at both jobs is work I would much rather be doing than weekly readings, discussion posts, and homework. A year ago I was so happy to be doing that homework instead of working in the real world. I still am happy to be in school but I am ready to finish. Life happens and I have new priorities and distractions. Around this time next year you may feel burnt out so that is why I am urging you all to start getting the experience you need now. You may not want to be taking on the extra work this time next year.
At Freeport I am currently working on digitizing and creating the metadata for company records. I am organizing company reports from as early as 1969 and dealing with a wide range of shifts in content. At the Tree-Ring Lab I am still in the process of cataloging the collection and all is coming together well. In the near future I will be presenting with fellow KR’s Sara and Stephen at AZLA about our experience in grad school as part of KR. Also, the newly founded American Indian Library Association UA Student Chapter is active. Look for our table at the Arizona State Museum on Saturday, November 8, 2014. The event is titled Neoglyphix: All Indigenous Aerosol Art Exhibition. It will run from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Any one is welcome to join.
I hope that you all are doing well and remember that you are all more than capable of doing well. You were accepted in grad school and invited to be a part of KR for a reason… Be confident in your abilities and enjoy.

My Time with Knowledge River

It has been two years since I was invited to interview as the assistant professor and manager for Knowledge River. As I reflect back on that day, I was inspired to share a memory. Since teaching would become one of the parts of this job, I was asked to give an hour talk for students and faculty. I focused on my experiences and what brought me to Knowledge River. The one part that was more inspiring to me was asking the participants to write one one about what Knowledge River meant to them on a card. At the end of the hour, I gathered the cards and created a "KR" visual of all their words.

Light at the end of the tunnel

Hi.  This is year two for me.  I was fortunate to be one of the last to take Tom Wilding’s boot camp 504 class.  At the time it was killer, but like most things, after it was over, the best memory was that it was DONE!  Not completely true.  504 is the foundation and throughout the rest of your studies at SIRLS you will remember many topics covered during this important class.  So take a deep breath, smile and know that everything being covered is useful and that everyone presenting wishes you each success. 

Tina Harris

As my studies are approaching to the final months of this semester, the SIRLS program has been such a wonderful experience in allowing me to learn about the diverse fields of library ad information science. During these past two months I have been working as the library/media assistant at an elementary school. Although it is very different from my past job at the Arizona Health Sciences Library, I have learned many new skills.The students are a very diverse population ranging from Hispanic, Somali, Afghani, Turkish, Russia, Romania, African, and so many more ethnic groups.

Anne Spire

Hello Everyone,

My name is Anne Spire and I am in my third semester as a SIRLS student.  I feel very fortunate to be involved in Knowledge River and to be a part of Cohort 13.  My fellow cohort members have been very supportive, friendly, and encouraging towards each other and me.  It has been a great experience to make new friendships in KR and in my graduate assistantship. 

Welcome from Alexa Tulk!

Welcome KR Cohort 13! I hope you guys haven't been too overwhelmed, the first semester is always the toughest but there are so many wonderful experiences to look forward to! I have been able to work at both the public library and Special Collections and have gained so much knowledge, new skills, and relationships along the way.