I’ve been trying to make my way through the required Metadata textbook but I’ve come to a few conclusions:
- Metadata needs to be experienced. Reading about it cannot illustrate the principles to you.
- The descriptions in the book are simply overwhelming. Too technical and too simplified at the same time. I.e. they throw around jargon with a vague introduction about what it means, then carry on discussing more jargon words.
- How do I put together a schema? Where is my Visual QuickStart Guide on this?
- I’m coming around to the idea that I cannot possibly begin to understand everything I need to even START to become a successful digital librarian without a more hands-on guided approach. Then again, who has the time to train me for this needed intensive training?
It all leaves me feeling slightly off-balance. I’m in a professional school seeking a professional degree. What does a professional degree even mean? To me, it meant getting the polishings to join a profession above a “grunt-level” seventeen year old who is doing this instead of babysitting or cashiering for pocket change. Instead, I’m feeling that there is more out there that I need to know than I can possibly learn in this two year program. Would staying another year help? I doubt it.
I’m applying for two more “library fellows/residency” programs this week. While I have hopes all over the board with the strongest being that I’ll have somewhere lined up to go once May 7th hits, I still feel an overwhelming urge that a two year residency program would be the next best step.