Looking Back on her First Semester with DLIS

DSC_0075Alice joined the DLIS program in January 2013. She is taking three classes: LIS 203 Organization of Information and LIS 204 Introduction to Library & Information Science with Professor Christine Angel, and LIS 255 Advanced Legal Research with Professor Ralph Monaco. She works part-time as a reference assistant in the Diamond Law Library at Columbia Law School, where she received her law degree.

What were the highlights of your first semester?

I was very glad to have opportunities to apply what I learned in class to real-life situations, and to meet and learn from professionals in the field. Working at the reference desk at Columbia has been a great experience for those reasons. Also, in

my 255 class, Professor Monaco invited law librarians who specialize in particular areas of law to teach us about their areas. And, through my 203 and 204 classes, we worked on archival organization of a collection of U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee papers at the Center for Migration Studies in Greenwich Village.

What were the challenges?
This semester was the first time I had ever taken online courses, so it took some time to get the hang of it.

What is your advice to new students starting their first semester?
Talk to as many people as you can to learn from their experiences! Supervisors and co-workers; DLIS students, professors, administrators and alumni; anyone who does the kind of work you might be interested in… Their advice is invaluable.

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