[2007-05-06 – Wanted to add an update to mention that the paper I link to in the second paragraph of this post (not counting this added part in italics of course) won first runner-up in the 2007 CLA Student Writing contest. The posted version of the paper is the one I handed in for class and isn't significantly different from the one that placed in the contest except for some tightening up and very minor re-working. Also, a very public
thanks to John M, Bruce F and Michael T
as well as a few anonymous male classmates who gave me the great
feedback which helped make my paper into something much better than I
could've written without their help!]
Sabina's been brave enough to put some of her essays and other assignments on her web page which I think is pretty cool. I've put a few of my assignments up on this blog in the past and would like to put more – maybe even everything I've written here eventually (if I can swallow my embarrassment about how crappy some of them are.)
Here's another one for the collection – a recent Children's Lit paper on the experiences of lone male patrons in children's libraries. My professor really liked this one and even suggested I might try to get it published which is cool. (Ahh, we've just had a “blog = ego” moment. Carrying right along…)
Whether they're good, bad or indifferent, I think it's just good for other students to be able to see other people's work, compare what they're doing and how, maybe get ideas for articles to read from the bibliography page and who knows, possibly even learn something new.
For anyone who doesn't know, the “Cantilever” referred to in the title of this post was an idea that David Jackson (who's now graduated from the LIS program), Sabina, Linda Bussiere and I were toying with last semester. We wanted to start an open-source repository of student writings for the reasons I listed above and more. It never really happened but who knows, maybe someone on the Student Council can champion the idea next semester?