Back in August, 2012, I wrote a post over at Hack Library School called “Rounding Third: Goals for the Home Stretch.” I talked about what I’ve learned, where I’ve come, and what I hope to accomplish by the time I graduate. These are the goals I outlined for myself.
- Have at least one published article under my belt by graduation. This has been a goal of mine since I started grad school. I wasn’t sure I would be able to do it until recently though. All through my first year of school, I didn’t have enough experience yet to have anything to say. Now, I am almost certain I can have an article published by graduation.
- Attend a conference related to data / digital curation as a poster or a paper presenter or as a panel participant. I already have some ideas here. I am planning on proposing a poster session at the ASIST Digital Libraries Special Interest Group session and another at iConference 2013.
- Continue to build my knowledge base on data curation, research data management, and repositories.
- All while doing the preceding three items, maintain focus on my elective courses. Looking ahead, I see all kinds of activities I’ve signed myself up for. On top of that, I have a 20 hours/week work requirement for my assistanship. I need to make sure classes don’t fall by the wayside.
- And last, but not least, get a job. There have been many data curation jobs coming across the wire lately, and I’m sure the number will only increase over the next year.
So far, I think I’m doing very well at meeting these goals. Here’s what I’ve done towards them, numbered according to the goals above:
- I have published a review of the DMPTool website in Public Services Quarterly. It’s not a peer-reviewed article, but who cares? It’s a publication.
- I’ve presented posters at conferences and will present more next year. I’ve also given a lightning talk and was invited to be a panelist at the Data Curation Profiles symposium at Purdue.
- I’ve continued to build my knowledge of data curation and expand my skill set. I’m planning on learning Python next semester so I can add that skill to my resume.
- I think I’ve done a good job of maintaining focus on electives, though this semester has been busy. I hope to come out with all As again this semester, even with all the travelling I’ve done.
- I haven’t accomplished this goal yet, but I’ve applied for five positions as of this writing. Each looks like a great opportunity, and I’m sure I would be happy at any of them. I’m still hoping University of Tennessee has a job opening that I can apply for soon, but I’m not putting all my hope in that.
In all, I am very happy with my progress in graduate school. It’s funny, because I never excelled in engineering like I am in the information science world. I think it has alot to do with my interest. If I’m interested in a subject, I give it my all. I never gave engineering my all, so I just coasted along for so many years. Information science, and data curation in particular, excited me, so I’m eager to do whatever I can to excel.