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  • valarie907 11:58 pm on June 6, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Greetings from Seward, Alaska 

    Seward, Alaska

    The beautiful aerial photo of Seward, Alaska was taken by Ginger Irvine and shared by  Kayak Adventures Worldwide.

    I’m Valarie and I currently live in Seward, Alaska with my family, which is located in the Resurrection Bay. I live at the base of Mt. Marathon, which features a unique mountain race every Fourth of July that my boys participate in. I am Inupiaq, one of the many Alaska Native peoples and Seward is the furthest south I’ve ever lived. Check out my favorite local photographer’s website to view his fantastic Alaskan photos.

    I have a BA in Communication & Psychology from the University of Alaska and I’ve worked in an elementary school library since 2006, though my interests are much broader. My focus in the SJSU SLIS program is emerging technology and management and I am interested in how libraries contribute to community development through engagement, and integrated library, archive and museums.

    I will be attending ATALM (Association of Tribal Archive, Libraries, and Museums) in Albuquerque, NM next week and will present on recruiting indigenous librarians and will do a poster on a web project I’ve been working on for the Alaska Library Association (AkLA) and am in the process of launching. It is also based on WordPress and BuddyPress as our class site is. Problem-solving seems to be one of the things I do best and I’m looking forward to applying the concepts I learn here on the website I built as well as many other projects and our own school library space and site.

    I’m fairly active in library organizations, including our own SJSU SLISConnect, your student and alumni association of which you are all automatically members of. SLISConnect is newly re-organized and we are working on many wonderful projects to bring you opportunities to participate in both face-to-face and virtual events. You may stay informed about our activities through our blog (we’re expecting ux improvements on it soon!) and on our Facebook page and group. We also welcome submissions by students and alumni on LIS related topics on all three…hint, hint. =)

    I look forward to learning  about library user experience with all of you this semester!

    Valarie Kingsland

    • jorginasoto 12:41 pm on June 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      The mountain race sounds like a lot of fun. Does it take a lot of prep time and training to get ready for the race? I would assume it does. It is nice reading about all of your interests and accomplishments. I will have to take a closer look at SLISConnect.

      • valarie907 11:59 pm on July 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Jorgina,

        Yes, the race takes some training, but between a late spring and my schedule/traveling, we got a late start. I’ve been trying to get into the women’s race through the lottery system, but knew I wouldn’t have time to train properly, so I didn’t this year. I will next year though, since I’ll be done with this program next spring! =)

        I hope you and our classmates will consider participating in SLISConnect. Please feel free to contact me with any questions and consider writing a post for our blog related to a work or school experience!

        Kind Regards!

    • Aaron Schmidt 2:51 pm on June 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Valarie –

      I have been to AK twice and I can’t wait to get back. I’m jealous that you’re up there!

      Trip #1 was a 15 day float trip on the Koktuli River.

      Trip #2 was a bike tour a buddy and I did, starting at the end of the road in Denali, over the Denali Highway, down to Valdez and back to Anchorage.

      That race up Mt. Marathon looks like a great time, expect for running up the scree at the top. Ugh!

      • valarie907 11:49 pm on July 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Hi Aaron,
        Your Alaska adventures sound marvelous…I’m jealous! Unfortunately, living in Alaska does not mean we take advantage of our amazing state as we should.

        I had to look up the Koktuli River and found that it is part of the Pebble Mine controversy, but it looks lovely.

        Your bike tour sounds pretty awesome too! I love to cycle and hope to get into Randonneuring once I’m done with this degree so I can see more of Alaska and do what I love at the same time. I’ve been shopping around for an affordable set of wheels, but have yet to decide what to get…decisions, decisions. =)

        The loose scree on Mt. Marathon is a lot of fun coming down, though…it’s my fav part since each step is like taking two! My 15 year old was sick, so he didn’t race, but my 12 year old did…I have a short movie to make that I should share. It was a fun and busy day and I’m grateful it was also a safe one.

        Hope you can visit Alaska again soon!

  • valarie907 10:43 pm on June 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Hello libr 287 UX! 

    Hi, I’m Valarie and I’m excited to join everyone for LIBR 287: Library User Experience to learn about library UX!  Stay tuned…more to come!

    • pmartin 4:14 pm on June 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Valarie! So nice to meet up with you again in this class! I really look forward to learning with you and from you!

      Pam Martin

      • valarie907 4:58 pm on June 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Pam! I thought that was you…glad to be sharing another class with you again! I believe this class will really compliment my interests in library community engagement and participation. I’m also taking metadata. This will be my last summer session so I can reclaim my summers next year. =)
        Kind Regards,

    • jorginasoto 12:38 pm on June 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Nice to meet you Valerie! I love the picture

      • valarie907 5:37 pm on June 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks Jorgina! Nice to meet you too…I look forward to reading your posts!

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