Tuesday, January 12, 2010

An Introduction

Hello! My name is Erika Rowshan and this is my second semester in the SLIS program. I graduated last May with a BA in English from Saint Joseph's College up in tiny Rensselaer, Indiana and while I loved the smallness of my undergraduate college, I have really enjoyed the resources that come along with going to a much larger school.

I have not had a lot of library working experience thus far (although I am trying very hard to find something related to libraries or books for a job at the moment). My only working experience in a library was way back in high school where I worked as the high school librarian's assistant during certain class periods. I truly believe that working with my high school librarian is what inspired me to come to IUPUI (she graduated from IU) in order to get my degree in library sciences. I have thought long and hard about career options and I really believe that librarianship is the perfect career for me! I am leaning more and more towards public librarianship although I am not sure exactly where in the library I would like to work quite yet.

I currently work as a server at Red Lobster (which stinks considering the fact that I hate seafood). Other than my job, I am living with my boyfriend of three and a half years in the Yorktown/Muncie area and both of us are really considering moving closer to Indianapolis together soon simply because it would be a lot easier for me to be closer to campus and because he is trying to find a graphic design job in the Indianapolis area. We live with our two cats, Elwood and Abbey and although I never was able to own cats growing up (the rest of my family is allergic) I absolutely cannot imagine a life without cats now!

While I am not working, I enjoy reading (my favorite genre being historical fiction), writing, singing, playing video games, and simply relaxing as much as possible. A few of my favorite things (in no particular order) are: ballet flats, vanilla coke, sweets that are not chocolate, video games, books, different yummy flavors of lib balm, and bubble baths.

I am excited about this class for a number of reasons. First and foremost, I love to read and I really look forward to experiencing a lot of books that I have not read before. Secondly, I think this class will help me out a lot when it comes to helping future patrons find books that they will enjoy. I really want to help spread a love of reading around and I hope that through this class, I will be better prepared to do this. And finally, I am hoping that through this class, I might be able to narrow down exactly where I would like to work in a library setting in the future. Hopefully by experiencing more literature from the adult side of things and learning about how to work with adults in finding what they are searching for, I will have a better idea of where I might fit in at a library one day. :)

As stated above, my favorite genre of book would have to be historical fiction. I had a history minor in college and have always had a love for history in general so I find the mixture of fiction and history to be quite enjoyable. I am also a fan of classical works of fiction particularly from the "Gilded Age" of literature. One of my favorite classic novels is The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James. I've read it a number of times and I definitely plan on reading it again. I am currently in the process of reading about three different books at once (this is a habit that I have been doing for as long as I can remember). These books include The Calligrapher's Daughter by Eugenia Kim, Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood, and The Historian (for the second time) by Elizabeth Kostova. I just finished reading House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski and while it was definitely strange, I absolutely loved it and will probably read it again after I get it back from my sister! I am definitely looking forward to reading outside of my "comfort zone" so to speak and I hope that I can learn to love those genres as well!

Here's to a wonderful semester and happy reading for all!


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