Baby’s first interview

My interview outfit

Me lookin’ awkward after my interview

Last week, I went on my very first interview for a librarian position! It was very exciting and nerve-wracking, but I made it through alive.

The interview went so well that I was offered the job. I’ll be working on the reference desk for a Federal library and also doing work for their digital branch.

I’m really excited to move to a new job, especially since it’s actually in the library field. I’m nervous about working on a reference desk, but totally excited to explore the digital branch.

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iDiversity and Google Analytics

As you may know, I was elected the webmaster of iDiversity in September. This position is awesome! I’ve redesigned a website and the logo, and I get to learn/practice webmaster skills that I will hopefully get to put into use in a professional position. What more can you ask from a student organization??

One of those skills is learning how to use Google Analytics. For those of you who don’t know what Google Analytics is, it’s a free service from Google that lets you collect data about how people access and use your site. This doesn’t mean that Google gives you personal information or anything invasive–it just allows the person using the service lots of information they can use to make their website better.

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Graphic Design and iDiversity, pt. 2: Social Networking Chicklets

This is a continuation of my post about iDiversity graphics from a week ago. In that post, I talked about creating new logos for iDiversity, a club that gave me the responsibility of webmaster.

As the webmaster, I get to decide the direction and aesthetic of the iDiversity website. I’ve chosen to go in a clean, colorful, and accessible direction, which, in my opinion, matches the mission and vision of the group. As such, I’ve had to reflect this aesthetic throughout the site. This brings me to the next item up for my graphic design discussion:

2. Social Networking Chicklets

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Graphic Design and iDiversity, pt. 1: Logos

I have not previously mentioned this, but in September I was elected the webmaster for iDiversity, a club at University of Maryland’s iSchool. I get to do all sorts of cool stuff as the webmaster, and I hope I’ll get to talk about all of that in this blog at some time or another.

I’ll start by talking about some of the graphics that I’ve created for iDiversity.

1. New Logos!

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e-Portfolios: Mobile

mobile version of kzawodny.info

A few months ago, Hack Library School posted about e-portfolios and their benefits. Ever since, I’ve been working on creating my very own e-portfolio and thought that I would share some of the things that I’ve learned. I’m working on a 4 part series that describes the different things I’ve been thinking about while designing and creating my e-portfolio including content, design, publishing, and mobile.

Having a mobile version of your site might not make sense, especially if you’re using a product that creates a mobile version for you. WordPress is an excellent example of a site that creates a mobile version. About.me creates a very nice looking and usable mobile version, but flavors.me does not.

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Let’s talk about confidence

It has always been hard for me to feel confident in my opinions and authority in different subjects. Once, after giving a timid presentation in undergrad, my professor approached me after class and asked me what was up. I told him I didn’t feel confident about presenting my reading of the text and he told me: “You’ve been researching and writing about this topic all semester. What do you mean you don’t feel confident? You have more authority about this passage than anyone in this class!”

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e-Portfolios: Design

A few months ago, Hack Library School posted about e-portfolios and their benefits. Ever since, I’ve been working on creating my very own e-portfolio and thought that I would share some of the things that I’ve learned. I’m working on a 4 part series that describes the different things I’ve been thinking about while designing and creating my e-portfolio including content, design, publishing, and mobile.

There are a lot of decisions you need to make when you design your e-portfolio. Here is my advice (not that you have to follow it, but I do you hope you keep it in mind!):

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e-Portfolios: Publishing

A few months ago, Hack Library School posted about e-portfolios and their benefits. Ever since, I’ve been working on creating my very own e-portfolio and thought that I would share some of the things that I’ve learned. I’m working on a 4 part series that describes the different things I’ve been thinking about while designing and creating my e-portfolio including content, design, publishing, and mobile.

You have a lot of options when creating an e-portfolio or personal web site. You can create your own (like I did!) and host it yourself, or you can use a variety of different services that’ll make it a lot easier.

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Tricks and Tips: Internships

Originally, I wanted to talk about how great internships are and to reflect on my own experiences in this post. But, everyone else talks about internships and does a much better job doing so than I ever will. And reflecting about my own experiences this summer is too much of a backhanded brag for me to feel okay about posting here.

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