Thoughts and advice from a fellow graduating student

I just came across a post that anyone interested in the MLIS program at the University of Western Ontario (or simply interested to hear another pespective on library school) should find interesting and helpful. A lot of it sounds similar to my experience at McGill, with a few obvious exceptions, such as the co-op program and life in the city of London, Ontario. Warren Layton blogs at Libre-arian:

Final Thoughts on Western’s MLIS Program


Become a Shover and Maker 2009

The Library Society of the World has a fun new (okay, so I’m a few days late to the party) idea: instead of waiting for someone else to declare you an award winner, declare it yourself! Everyone can be a 2009 Shover and Maker (with reference to, but no affiliation with, Library Journal’s Movers and Shakers). Go ahead – announce that you’ve won! Here’s my acceptance speech:

Hi! My name is Graham Lavender, and while I’m still an MLIS student at McGill at the moment, I’m planning to shove and make my way into a library near you in the next few months (please hire me!). In my spare time, I enjoy organizing Web 2.0 conferences ( and writing on a blog that has almost outlived its name ( I’m also finishing up a practicum project about how to improve the McGill Library subject guides, in which I held focus groups and discovered that the students had no idea what I was talking about. I look forward to meeting as many of the other Shovers and Makers as I can in the near future!