Master thesis – check!

It has been a strange day. I handed in my master thesis and had lunch with the other eight students that handed in their LIS master theses. I have been enrolled in the master`s programme for 4,5 years and I have spent the last 1,5 years writing the thesis. I have worked full time (and part time) while studying part time, and I have realised how much easier it was to study full time. Still, it is possible and I really think that I have learned more and written papers that are more interesting to my employer now than I could have ten years ago. And now I have only two months of waiting to do before the results are ready…

I always find it a little sad to finish something that I have been working on for a long time, but I also find it a relief to be done. I will miss being part of the group and the discussions that I have had with the other students, but I think that I will enjoy not reading, writing and breathing ”information literacy” for a while, too. I will enjoy reading more fiction and more ”library stuff” that is not related to my thesis. And I look forward to taking a course in game design this fall. It is something completely different, but still relevant to my job.

If there is one thing that I have realised (and even more so today – talking to my fellow students) it is the importance of a good supervisor. Some of my fellow students had hardly had any contact with their supervisor while others had regular meetings with their supervisor. I chose my supervisor based on his publications and his blog, and I have not regretted it. I have learned a lot, been eager, happy, frustrated, sad, confused and a lot of other things. We have had great discussions (at least I think so..) and talked a lot about a subject that seems to interest us both.

Thank you, everyone, for your support! I can hardly believe that I can watch TV tonight without a spot of guilt. I`m done! Hurrah!

My master thesis presentation

image of checklistLast Friday, I attended my last master thesis seminar at Oslo University College(OUC). We were nine students presenting our theses to other students and teachers at OUC. My presentation (ppt) can be viewed here. The topics presented varied from Information Literacy and pedagogical approaches to exhibitions in libraries and library architecture. A variety of methods and assessment methods were presented and I can`t wait to take a closer look at some of the theses when they are published. I`m particularly looking forward to Ellen Hermanruds thesis about creating a learning space/learning arena and Marte Ericsson Rystes thesis about the political processes behind the research documentation system, Cristin.

Tord Høivik gave me a thorough introduction from his blog. Thanks! Lars Egeland summed up many of the presentations on his excellent blog.

Well.. the thesis is due in a couple of days and then the nerve strain of two months wait before the results are published can begin.