Kathryn is a mature student who enjoys the vibrant student community at City University London.
Why did you choose to study at City, University of London?
After nearly 20 years in the broadcast industry, I was ready for a change. I had been thinking of pursuing a career in librarianship for a while and knew that I wanted to be sure I was on a CILIP accredited course. By pure luck, the week after I looked up CILIP's website for course in London, City had an open evening. After attending and reading the brochure, and consulting a friend in the industry, I decided that City was the place for me. Although I had initially thought I would study Library Sciences, the modules for Information Science appealed to me more, and I applied for that course. As a mature student, I was slightly worried how I would fit in. However, there is a huge range of ages on the course, backgrounds and nationalities among the students. We all get on and learn so much from our different experiences.
What do you enjoy most about your course?
Apart from my classmates, it has to be the range of topics we cover. If anyone thinks that Library and Information Sciences are purely about the Dewey Decimal System, they're in for a shock. We've gone from cave-painting to the semantic web in one term.
What has been your favourite module and why?
Although I found parts of it quite challenging, I did enjoy DITA (Digital Information Technologies and Architectures). We built webpages from scratch using HTML, explored metadata, web 2.0 and I even ended up writing a blog to debate with my lecturer why I didn't want to write a blog. (He won in the end, because I've carried on writing it.)
What has been a highlight of your course so far?
The wide range of guest speakers and visits has been a real bonus. It has widened my mental horizon of where I may end up after graduation.
What do you plan to do after you graduate?
I really enjoyed our guest speaker from the Civil Service and think that this would be an area I would like to work in.