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Below are the 9 most recent journal entries recorded in School of Library, Archives and Info. Studies' LiveJournal:

Sunday, December 20th, 2009
10:00 am
SLAIS hopeful here
Hello everyone! I am finishing my undergraduate degree in English Literature at UBC. I am working part time at a UBC library as a student assistant, I volunteer at another library, and my grades this year are shaping up to be good (around 85%). However, my 3rd year grades are not so good (70%) so I'm doing everything I can to make my applications the best they can be.

I have my heart set on SLAIS at UBC, but I'm also applying to the University of Alberta, University of Western Ontario, McGill, and Dalhousie.

If anyone has any advice on how to make my application amazing or in any way improve my chances of acceptance, I would love to hear it.

Thanks so much!
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009
7:08 pm
Anyone coming in fall '09?
Hi all,
I know this isn't a really active journal group, but I thought I'd put a shout out to see who's there!  I'm going to be starting at SLAIS in September, for the MLIS, and I can't wait!  Right now I'm playing the applying-and-hoping-for-financial-aid waiting game, but I already got housing lined up on-campus which I'm very thankful for, not to have to be hunting crazily in August.  Anybody else care to share stories? 
Or for that matter, any current students want to share advice or words of wisdom? 
Have a great day!

Current Mood: cheerful
Friday, December 12th, 2008
1:23 pm
Experiences with the SLAIS program

I am new here :)

I am looking at applying for the September 2009 MAS or MLIS/MAS at UBC. I have heard excellent things about the program. I would like to hear from anyone already in the program(s) or just about to enter it-what advice would you give someone about to apply? Have you found that the program was what you expected? Are you learning things that one can apply to the 'real world'?

The other question I have is on housing. Does anyone have any advice on how to find accommodation for one person and two cats? I lived in Vancouver before and it was almost impossible with two dogs...I suspect it is still bad. What is the best time of year to find accommodation? When I lived there the best time seemed to be after students were done in April-so it was the last two weeks of April when there was more on the market (for May 1st)-is that still the case?

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008
12:10 pm
Just saying hi.
I know that this community has been quiet for awhile, but I wanted to take the opportunity to say hello before I start classes in January.  So... hello!  
Thursday, August 21st, 2008
8:27 pm
I read on the website that you can do your practicum overseas, and I was wondering if anyone has anymore info on how this could be arranged. If a student contacted an institution that they wanted to work at, and the institution approved, would it be likely that UBC would approve it as well?

Thanks in advance!
Friday, June 13th, 2008
4:16 pm
living in vancouver?
Hello! I'm a U.S. citizen thinking of applying to ubc slais, but I'm worried about the high cost of living in the area, and also about finding a home for my two cats. The student life website didn't offer much hope for finding grad student housing that accepts pets. Can someone please advise about the housing picture there or work study options for library grad students? Thanks in advance.
Friday, May 9th, 2008
12:24 pm
making a decision...
Hi there,

I applied and got into MLIS programs at both UBC's SLAIS and University of Washington's iSchool. I know both programs are very strong and I'm having the hardest time deciding between the two. Has anyone else out there been in the same situation? Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008
10:36 pm
Joint program
Hi! I'm pretty sure I've never made the second post in a community before!

I'm not a student as SLAIS yet, nor did I apply this year. I'm currently an MA student in history at UVic, though I'm originally from Ontario, and I'm thinking of applying to UBC next year, since I am now happily certain that I do NOT want a PhD in history! My work experience is all in archives and I am really interested in the principles of archives, so I thought to apply to the MAS program, but I'm also interested in academic librarianship, so I was intrigued by the joint program. My former boss also recommended it.

What I'd like to know is any of your experiences with that program, or anythign you know about it. I'm hesitant to apply, because I don't think I want to stay in school for another three years, but if it offers huge advantages...

I won't be applying for quite a while, so if you come across this entry next year, when hopefully the community gets going, feel free to respond!
Sunday, March 30th, 2008
11:44 am
Welcome to the LJ SLAIS community
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.

So, hello!
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