The AALT Technician is the official journal of the Alberta Association of Library Technicians.

Monday, 16 November 2015

Life of a SAIT LIT Student

For some of you, it has been a while since you were in the Library Information Technology (LIT) program, so allow me to walk you down memory lane with a few quick snapshots from the life of an LIT student.
  1. I am in cataloguing class and just received some very good news. I will not have to carry my RDA to class; thereby, my shoulder will recover and my nightmare will not come true (the one where the binder pops open and the entire RDA comes flying out).
     
  2. MARC is no longer just the name of an old boyfriend, but also an encoding standard for bibliographic records.
     
  3. I now know what anticline means.
     
  4. I got to create a brand new web page and I know more of computer troubleshooting than just restarting the computer and keeping my fingers crossed.
     
  5. During each class, I learn to appreciate the complexity of the library and I realize the necessity of library technicians. 
On thing that has really changed, ironically, is the lack of books in the LIT program, which my bank account appreciates and is indicative of how quickly this field is changing.

Often, I have people ask what can you be studying for two years? How hard is it to organize some books and show people how to find something on the Internet? I enjoy explaining to these people that library work is so much more than that. Promoting and educating people on the benefits of the library and proper information management is, in my opinion, one of the great aspects of being an LIT student.

By Monica Schuh
2nd year SAIT LIT student and SAIT Student Representative to the AALT Board

2 comments:

  1. Monica, did you learn about Anticline while doing the SAIT Library's inventory this past summer? ~ Danica

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  2. Monica, did you learn about Anticline while doing the SAIT Library's inventory this past summer? ~ Danica

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