Reflection on my learning

One of the intentions of the LIS 600 capping exercise is to give students an occasion to reflect on what they have learned throughout their MLIS experience at the a School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) at the University of Alberta. While there have been a number of core values that I have been introduced to and embraced throughout my career as a SLIS student and as a library practitioner, intellectual freedom and access to information has been revisited time and again throughout the courses and put into practice in my position as a library director in a rural Alberta public library.

Intellectual freedom has been incorporated into many of my assignments as SLIS student, sometimes covertly and sometimes overtly. It is a value I was aware of before enrolling, but I am now profoundly cognisant of after it has been thoroughly embedded in my own values for libraries during my educational journey. The idea of making the information in this assignment available to other library managers, within my regional library system and throughout the province, was the point of this exercise from the very start.

This capping exercise came from my work in a Directed Study on Library Administration, something I embarked upon because, as a library director, I continually felt blind-sided by dates; special events and required reporting continually caught me off guard. I have posted my final exercise on my own library’s website with the intention of maintaining and adding to this information. In the spirit of sharing and contributing to the profession, this website does not have restricted access, so any library can access the information within this exercise.