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Member: karmabodhi

CollectionsYour library (199), Read but unowned (3), All collections (202)

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About meI am an MSLIS student Drexel University, and am an aspiring science or special libraries (either rare books and manuscripts, art, museum, or music library) librarian. My first career was in microbiology, in bacterial genetics, bacterial pathogenesis, and molecular biology and worked as a research scientist in these areas, however I unfortunately realized that however much I enjoy learning about microbiology, I just don't enjoy doing the work. I remembered my fondest work experience, working as a student employee for the University of Illinois Map & Geography Library (a part of their huge and famed graduate library group), and the librarians telling me to abandon microbiology and pursue library science because I would make an excellent librarian. I loved working there so much I would ask for many extra projects or responsibilities that they would never dream of having another student employee do (such as cataloging maps, developing and implementing a new journal acquisitions & tracking system, inventorying via creating a database for all the maps held in the extra storage room filled with thousands of maps, curating the rare maps collection, and much more). They would even ask me for my opinion on library procedures and policies! I should have pursued this career path years ago, but have finally found my true calling in life, and I couldn't be happier in the library and information sciences program at Drexel. I am concentrating in library information and services as well as digital libraries, getting all the training in technology which I don't already posses and learning about all the areas of librarianship which I can (I have had to tone it down though - I want to graduate this year on time!). I also should have remembered as a child when I virtually lived at the library and could barely hold all the books I carried happily out of the library on at least a weekly basis, and checking out books to my stuffed animals; playing at being a librarian. (There was no shushing involved, by the way!)

About my libraryI am interested in a wide and eclectic range of subjects which include pretty much all areas of science (except for chemistry, which I loathe and am terrible at, except for biochemistry), psychology, medicine, veterinary medicine, any and all books about dogs and other animals (or animals in general), historical fiction, "indie" fiction and other more avante-guarde forms of fiction, award-winning and other notable books, biographies and informational novels about groups and musicians whom I adore, social entrepreneurship and other philanthropic-type novels, alternate histories, feminist and other gender-related topical books, some science fiction (although I am very picky in this genre I must admit), my favorite children's books, and a broad range of the "classics" of world literature (I at one point was on a crusade to read all of the world's classics but quickly found out this is a unceasing process). My library reflects some of these interests, but should soon be more substantially so when I upgrade to a lifetime subscription.

Groups1001 Books to read before you die, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, A Pearl of Wisdom and Enlightenment, Altered States, Amateur Historians, Ancient and Medieval Manuscripts, Ancient China, Ancient Egypt, Ancient History, Annus mirabilisshow all groups

Favorite authorsDante Alighieri, Isaac Asimov, Stan Berenstain, William Blake, Judy Blume, Niels Bohr, Charlotte Brontë, Buddha, Anthony Burgess, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Albert Camus, Pema Chödrön, Beverly Cleary, Roald Dahl, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Alexandre Dumas, Umberto Eco, Albert Einstein, Bret Easton Ellis, Ralph Ellison, Ralph Waldo Emerson, André Gide, H. R. Giger, Philippa Gregory, Alex Grey, Thích Nhất Hạnh, Hermann Hesse, Aldous Huxley, Henrik Ibsen, Tove Jansson, C. G. Jung, J. Krishnamurti, Dalai Lama, Astrid Lindgren, Haruki Murakami, George Orwell, Chuck Palahniuk, Anne Rice, J. K. Rowling, Marquis de Sade, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Jean-Paul Sartre, William Shakespeare, Shel Silverstein, Amy Tan, Hunter S. Thompson, Robert A. F. Thurman, Leo Tolstoy, Ivan Turgenev, Lao Tzu, Kurt Vonnegut, Ken Wilber (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresAvenue Victor Hugo, Bolerium Books, Booklegger's Used Books, Chapters - World's Biggest Book Store, Dog Eared Books, Eastwind Books, Lorem Ipsum Books, Munro's Books, Museum Shop of the Art Institute of Chicago, Myopic Books, Poor Richard’s, Powell's City of Books (Portland), Raven Used Book Shop (Northampton, MA), Schoenhof's Foreign Books, Strand Bookstore, Tattered Cover Book Store - Historic LoDo, The Harvard Coop

Favorite librariesBodleian Library, British Library, Center for Children's Books, University of Illinois, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Champaign Public Library, Denver Public Library, Eustis Memorial Library, Free Library of Philadelphia - Central Library, Library of Congress, Library of Freer and Sackler Galleries of Asian Art - Smithsonian Libraries, Orange County Library System - Orlando Public Library, Seattle Public Library (Central Library), Smithsonian Institution Libraries, The Boston Athenaeum, The Rosenbach Museum & Library, The Urbana Free Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Main Stacks

Other favoritesNational Book Festival, Center for New Words, GSLIS - Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois, The Boston Antiquarian Book and Ephemera Fair

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Member sinceSep 29, 2010

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