Category: On Librarianship

Example of a neatline

Map neatlines

The neatline on a map is: “A border drawn around a map to enclose the legend, scale, title, geographic features, and any other information pertinent to the map, often showing tick marks that indicate intervals of distance. On a standard quadrangle map, the neatlines are the meridians and parallels delimiting the quadrangle.” Citation The ERSI Press dictionary of GIS terminology…

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Back in the library!

Happy New Year! The winter break has come to an end and the Young Research Library (YRL) is back in action. I have to say that I was actually really excited to get back to work and to dive into my new position with the library’s Collections, Research, and Instructional Services Department. I started the position just before the break…

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archive room

Are Archivists also Librarians?

Are archivists also librarians? For me it’s an easy answer: yes. I consider myself an archivist as well as a librarian. Mapping it out logically, I believe archivists are librarians, but not all librarians are archivists, making archivists a specialized type of librarian. However this perspective, as I learned recently, is not shared by everyone. During a recent job interview…

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Tips for the job application process

I wrote this article to share some tips that I thought would be helpful for new and newish MLIS grads when applying for library or archives jobs. First off, this is not an article where I tell you the five tricks to help you secure your dream job! You can find those types of articles on numerous job websites. What I…

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Done, done, and done.

Well, I made it through my first quarter of graduate school here at UCLA.  It got a little hairy at the end there but I got everything turned in. For Information in Society our final paper had to be a description of a “new idea” within the information management profession.  I wrote about the need for librarians, information managers, and…

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Library Science Graduate School Week 1: Is an Antelope a Document?

This is apparently a standard first-year library science question designed to “blow our minds” and get graduate students thinking about the nature and organization of information. It’s also somewhat of an ongoing joke in the library science community, even inspiring UCLA students to design antelope-themed T-shirts in previous years. My gut reaction was: Uh, of course an antelope isn’t a…

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