Looking Back on Fall 2017

Published: Monday, December 11, 2017 by Priscilla Ameneyro

As the fall semester of 2017 winds down, join me in reflecting on what a semester it has been! I’m guilty of always looking forward and thinking about the next thing, so I wanted to pause for a moment and reflect on the accomplishments and events that made Fall 2017 so great. Personally, I started writing for this blog which I’ve been enjoying a lot! I feel more connected to the School of Information and everything that’s going on. I’m honing my writing skills, as well as learning the ins and outs of the Drupal content management system. I took a nice balance of classes this semester and I met some awesome people! Here’s some of the highlights from this semester in case you missed them:

Library 2.0 Professional Conference
The third Library 2.0 mini-conference this year, “Makerspaces,” was held on October 11, online and for free. This was the seventh year that the School of Information presented a series of virtual conferences focused on the future of libraries. Check out my previous blog post for some of the conference highlights, then head over to the Library 2.0 YouTube channel to view the recording.

Director’s Forum
Dr. Hirsh hosted another virtual coffee chat with students in October, which was a chance for iSchool students to get updates and ask questions. I shared some of the highlights in an article and you can also watch the recording. As well as news from the iSchool, the director covered topics like career advice, conferences and celebrated student successes. Don’t miss the next one in Spring 2018!

Faculty Achievements
The SJSU School of Information’s very own Dr. Hagar presented her research at an international disaster conference in September. Hagar presented during the Communication and Learning in Disaster Risk Reduction track. Find out more by reading this faculty news article.

Student Accomplishments
If you keep up with the Community Profiles, you’ll know there has been some really interesting ones this past semester. Two of my favorites are James Carpenter, a MARA student who received his second ARMA scholarship, and Lauren Aiko Kelly, a recent alumna who is now a Certified Records Manager.

Reminders
Before the end of the year, don’t forget to save any Blackboard Collaborate recordings you might need for your e-portfolio by filling out this form. At the same time, LibGuides version one is shutting down December 31st, so make sure to save your work as a pdf.

Later on in the month, I’ll be talking about setting goals. If this semester didn’t go quite as planned, think about setting some goals to make next year great! Also look out for a post from me about getting good grades to help you achieve your academic goals. Please share what went well for you this semester in the comments below, and best wishes for Spring 2018.

Image: View of Tablelands in Gros Morne National Park by Jeff Legge/CC 4.0

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