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'You should listen to Sarah, because she always knows what she's talking about.' [Day 5 of the DC trip]

I went back to the hotel after work only to find that I was the organizer for the group to travel to the SI Alumni Reception, based on the fact that I was the only one who had called Monique to ask for directions. Directions which I very cleverly wrote down, then left at work. Luckily a few other people had ideas of how to get there, and we were not too late after we subwayed it over there and walked the rest of the way.

The big question of the evening was, 'What kind of librarian do you want to be?' The School of Information was formerly the School of Library and Information Science and before that, the School of Library Science. So any alumni from earlier than about 1998 graduated with MLIS or MLS degrees and consider themselves librarians, rather than subdivisions of information professionals in the way that we do. They all stood up and told us that there were lots of job opportunities for librarians in the DC area and that they were hiring. Which was fascinating because lots of us aren't in the LIS specialization and those of us who are, are first-year students looking for internships, rather than second-years looking for permajobs. That was depressing and only made me more convinced that I should be doing a tailored HCI/LIS degree so that I can actually find a job after I graduate.

I drowned my sorrows by buying a Lindeman's Framboise, which was the most expensive beer ever. How is an imported beer more expensive in Washington, DC, at a place advertising the largest beer selection in the world, than at Ashley's in Ann Arbor? Ridiculous! My beer cost ten dollars more than Amanda's. But it was good and I knew how much it cost when I went in, so I'll stop complaining now.

A little looser after starting my beer, I was able to mingle and schmooze with the best of them. I had come to the Alumni Reception hoping to network and make connections and find HCI internship opportunities, but the overwhelming librariness of the attendees squelched that dream. So I just chatted for the sake of chatting, with no particular goals. This turned out to be a good thing, because I talked to a library science alum who is now working at the Patent Office, and he told me that it doesn't matter what you specialize in, because employers will be interested in the theoretical framework SI is providing to us and library science and computers are overlapping all the time now, anyway. So I guess I'm employable, if not internshippable. Talking to him made me feel a lot better, but I still have no idea what I'm doing this summer.

It was getting hot and we were getting tired and hungry, so we got a list of good local restaurants from a couple of other alums, Matt and I traded nametags, and we set off for Lauriol, a Mexican restaurant. I had a lovely, enormous salad, which I will be continuing to eat at lunchtime today, and we swapped stories of talking in our sleep, strange dreams, and the despair and desperation of the internship search.

We wandered back home, getting lost a few times (as usual), then chatted with Matt the Night Owl until I had to kick him out so we could go to sleep.

srah - Wednesday, 25 February 2004 - 11:00 PM
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gravatar katie - February 26, 2004 - 10:29 AM -

The place I'm applying to is the College of Information Studies. However, they still abbreviate themselves as CLIS, standing for the old title "College of Library and Information Science". :)

'permajob' - hee hee.

gravatar cari - February 26, 2004 - 5:01 PM -

Boo on librarians...HCI people rule!

Yeah beer was crazy expensive there. Oh wells

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