A New Chapter

Let’s start this again.

I’ve started a new chapter in my life called ‘MA Library Science’, a change prompted by my job as a Library Assistant at Middlesex University and my manager, who told me to look into Library and Information Science (LIS) if I really wanted to develop a career in this sector.

Just two weeks into the course and we’ve explored topics like ethics, censorship and most interestingly, what can be considered a document like thoughts, performance or speech. The ideas around speech set my mind buzzing; my own background is Jamaican and the patois we speak usually exists as a spoken language, though there are many examples of it being written down including a version of the New Testament, created in December 2011. That alone sparked a debate about whether Patois could be considered a ‘real’ language.

A slight detour but I what I think I’m trying to grasp at is, that nearly everything we do from looking up a book in a library to the way you organise the apps on your phone can be linked to LIS.

I’m already looking forward to the lively discussions in my next lecture!

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One thought on “A New Chapter

  1. Great distillation of the essence of what we have covered at CityLIS so far! I love the idea of ‘speech as a document’ and your interest in languages which are not usually written down has great potential for further investigation! Smashing start!

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