Monday, January 30, 2012

The Most Magical Experience

This morning, I got to visit the Disney’s Entertainment Music Library at the Hollywood Studios. I was thankful to have a contact that was able to achieve this for me. I am truly blessed to have been able to experience this. I have gone back and forth during my MLS what I want to do with my degree and sometimes I do go back to the music aspect and being a music librarian. Music is my extreme passion above reading. It will always have a special place in my heart, especially seeing that I have a tattoo of an eight note on my foot. So we know that aspect is never going away. Nevertheless, what an experience! People can make fun of me, but I honestly had tears in my eyes the entire time. I believe one because it was amazing and two because I used to be cast member and sometimes you miss certain aspects of Disney.

The Disney Entertainment Music library archives music from almost all the parks that Disney associates itself with, the hotels and also the cruise lines. It is not huge, mostly because you can now download music and keep most of it on the computers. (Also with back-ups on 3 hard-drives). Music makes a lot of Disney shows spectacular and this library houses all the music. They also archive music sheets and she was able to show me certain techniques but also some examples from the 60’s-70’s. It was just amazing to me. They are currently working on the music and entertainment aspects of the new cruise that is set to launch in March.

I got to tour the building, walk into recording studios, and voice over booths, studios where the orchestras came in. Sometimes even Joey Fatone shows up to use the facility. I was just in awe of everything and I wish I could have stayed there all day. I am excited that I was invited back to see more and I hope I can take up on that offer!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Volunteering

          So, yesterday began my first day volunteering for the VA library. For anyone who has worked for the government or have volunteered as well, you understand that there is a process before you begin. I have been waiting since mid-December, so to finally get started was an immense excitement. After expressing my interest I had to of course apply to be a volunteer. You then go through an orientation and then you have to take a background check. Nothing major (at least for now), just enough to know that you are ok to work within this environment. I will be in a hospital filled with veterans and personal information, and it needs to be known that I respect that privacy and have been a good citizen in a sense. After two weeks, yesterday morning, I was able to go grab my badge. Seeing and receiving that badge just made everything that I have started to work for feel complete. Let's face it, it’s official. Now, I am not naive. It doesn't grant me everything that a normal federal employee has access to, however, I feel that it will gain me the access later. It’s a step into my future and working within the VA or in any federal. (Even though at this point, I am leaning towards the VA). 
          I have been of course staying in contact with the library every step of the way, so when I finally got there I was welcomed immensely. It’s been a while since I felt that appreciated, especially within my current position. I learned about many of the projects that I will be working on. Most important of them all, is helping them produce an online catalog. Yes, they are still using a card catalog which is insane to me. I have not seen one since I was much younger, so it wasn’t necessarily a bad thing to me, but almost stepping back in what I like to think of as history. I have already taken basic cataloging during my MLS, and I am feeling pretty comfortable with it and the librarian will of course be helping me in the process. This will be such an amazing learning experience having to dive right into a project like this. Currently, the items where I work right now are cataloged by of course catalogers, so my learning experience is just the “classroom”. I am personally a hands on person and I like to actually practice with it and actually do the project. It helps me learn the process much better. I will also hopefully be helping them with instructional media tools. I learned a lot of that last semester, but also have developed some tools for my current position as well. It boosted my confidence to know that what I have learned so far and my current accomplishes can help a facility become even better than what it already is. There are of course going to be basics like shelf reading. This task does not bother me because I surprisingly enjoy it because I am a geek at heart and like things organized when it comes to materials. I was able to already find materials that were not barcoded, or not categorized correctly. Most of this may sound as if the library is completely unorganized, but keep in mind, they will very soon be moving to a bigger facility, they just introduced a new librarian, so things happen and become disorganized. I’m personally happy to help.
          I hope to gain so much from this experience and I feel confident that I will. I like working and doing what I do. Library science has been an immense pleasure since I have started with my degree and I am learning at an extreme pace. With making the contacts, and working as hard as I have, making this connection and starting this volunteering is the perfect step into my future.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Extremely Excited

On Monday morning I will be touring the Disney Music Library! When I got the phone call back from the librarian I think I about died. She was concerned that I wouldn't like it necessarily because it is not your normal library for in fact it is a special library. Just what I want and need for my assignment. I keep trying to open doors for myself in every aspect. Will I get a job at a Disney library, not really sure, but its an interesting dream. Music is my other passion in life and to be able to access the archives to the music at the Walt Disney World resort is astronomical to me. There are many Disney libraries that I would certainly love to explore. For example after looking at the SLA directory of Special libraries I had found that there is a library for the Disney Imaginears. I may be a big geek when it comes to Disney but think about what that library has to offer. Certainly its more for employees, but to look back at their many accomplishes. That would be an insane special libraries position.

ITs been interesting reading on special libraries. I don't think many people think about them. Lately, everyone has been asking why would I want to pursue this because it seems like a difficult position to achieve. Well, yes, but who doesn't like a challenge. I have been working hard in school and I don't want to just settle. I find working for specific organizations to be interesting. I consider the VA a great example, where I will be volunteering starting friday. But it goes beyond that, when the teacher stated that the American Girl company had a library I was in awe. The possibilities to me seem endless.

Monday, January 23, 2012

It has been a while

It has certainly been a while since I have posted. But its a new semester and the time has come. It has already been slightly stressful getting back into the swing of things, especially when life likes to throw its challenges. However, I have to be excited at the future prospects. I am going to hopefully this friday begin volunteering at the VA hospital library. Its been a long time in the making, with background checks and such, but I am extremely excited. I really hope this puts me in the right direction for my future. Just having this one in can be the beginning to much more. Its that and I want to learn more beyond my job. I haven't learned much unfortunately so I am taking every opportunity that comes my way. This is the beginning of hopefully a great semester.