I guess I should make the inaugural post in this community in the vain hope that others may follow (if anyone else joins, of course). The purpose of this community is to have an online presence for us future/current/former/prospective students at SLAIS. I guess I will start off by introducing myself and hopefully others will feel compelled to do the same. Please feel free to post an introduction in a new entry (or post anything, really).
My name is Kristin, I'm 22 and just finishing up my BA in Law at Carleton University in Ottawa. I have zero library experience (and should probably get on that before I seek out library-related jobs post-MLIS). I do however do a lot of records managment in my current employment a large national medical non-profit organization. I am mostly interested in issues of access to government information, and the balancing between competing interests of privacy, transparency and national security in terms of the collection and uses of personal information by government agencies. After I complete my MLIS degree I might go on to law school or complete my Master of Public Policy, but things can certainly change throughout school. Maybe I will discover a whole other area of library/info studies interest.
Other than that, my partner and I will be hopping in a plane in mid-August and flying across the country, suitcases, cat and little else in hand. I'm terrified of moving to a new city where I know a total of three people, and trying to find a cat-friendly apartment in the timeframe of three weeks, but I'm also extremely excited to live in Vancouver and be near the ocean and Whistler and meet other people in my program.