Well I’ve made it… Happy Graduation!

19 Jul

As we speak, I have finally handed in my final thesis “Archives 2.0 : the next generation websites for archival holdings” to obtain my undergraduate diploma in Information Science in Switzerland. I have the greatest sense of relief even though I also feel strangely empty at the thought of finishing my studies, it was an incredible adventure.

To follow academic guidelines given to me by my advisory teacher, I did not include thanks in my thesis so I thought that using to same web 2.0 tools I stress about so much in my work would be a good way to send out my personal thanks for all the people who inspired this project.

First and foremost, I would like to thank my colleagues from HEG, best known as the Haute Ecole de Gestion de Geneve, for putting up with me in the last three years. You have been the greatest and I loved working with you all. To my teachers, who inspired me in my everlasting passion about new technologies : Mme. Ariane Rezzonico, information search specialist, Mr. Alexandre Boder, computer science and systems librarian, Mme. Francoise Dubosson, history teacher and librarian — Through rough patches in my life, I’ve held on even though I missed some of your classes, but your knowledge and professional experiences have been a great help in achieving my studies, you have all my thanks.

I have been following librarians and archivists blogs, feeds and websites for the last two years, I have been greatly inspired by your initiatives, the commitment to your work and the ideas that you brought forth. Without naming them all a special thanks to Kate Theimer at ArchivesNext for her book, Web 2.0 Tools and Strategies for Archives and Local History Collections that fused the desire to realize my thesis about Archives 2.0, Sarah Houghton-Jan at LibrarianInBlack for her posts about digital information, technologies and web services for libraries and Michael Stephens at TameTheWeb for his helpful presentations (and also because I would love to have a similar job!). Sincerely, you have been my “virtual” mentors these last years. Before I forget, do visit A Librarian’s Guide to Etiquette, filled with humour, because we are not only dedicated professionals, we love to have a laugh as well!

To my friends, my family, my fabulous fiance, you have been (and will remain) the force that drove me to finish this, even in the worst of conditions sometimes, you have held in there and by my side, you all rock, big time.

So apart from presenting my thesis in front of the jury next week, I will pretty much be enjoying a well-deserved vacation from studies and dissertation concerns. Do expect to read much more here in the weeks to come as I can now dedicate some of my time sharing my thoughts, ideas about my profession. It all comes to this : I love what I do, I love being a librarian, I love helping people find the information they need when they need it. For me, that’s public service. Well, enough of talk, let’s enjoy this sunshine!

Taken from M00by’s Flick Gallery

Happy graduation to all students and happy holidays!

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