My name is Jaye Lapachet and I'm a graduate student in the School of Library and Information Studies at U. C. Berkeley. I will be receiving my Master's degree in May 1994.
Throughout the course of graduate school career, my primary interests have remained access to information from the standpoint of cataloging and marketing. It is important to me, and I think to users, to make records on online catalog systems, such as MELVYL as complete as possible. Library users need to receive an excellent sense of the content of the material before they spend time physically retrieving it. The second part of the equation is marketing, which I think means to make library patrons aware of the library and the valuable information it contains. Teaching people how to use the library is an important aspect also. People must be made aware of how the library can be a part of their everyday life. Information professionals need to play a large role by teaching people about libraries, producing excellent finding aids and providing excellent service. One source that is a demonstration of this is the Library of Congress gopher, Marvel. This gopher allows anyone with an Internet connection to access the Library of Congress catalog, copyright information and much more.
Another interest, that Howard's class has fostered, is my interest in Virtual Communities and the social impact of human connections in cyberspace. My paper, from Fall 1993, Virtual Communities: The 90's Mind Altering Drug or Facilitator of Human Interaction , discusses what virtual communities are, their advantages and disadvantages and some of the social impact that result from computer mediated communications. I also explore the use of virtual communities in education in my final paper for Spring of 1994, Virtual Communities in Education . In other papers for the Spring, I have explored the imagery of Voyager Company's Ephemeral Films CD-ROM products; and the prevalence of icons in software.
I am also currently working with Professor Charlotte Nolan, the Museum Informatics Project and the U.C. Berkeley Environmental Design Library on a database of Northern California Architectural Images. We are attempting to create a scholarly source for Northern California Architectural information that will make images of the structures available, without jeopardizing the conservation of the materials.
Outside of the world of information and technology, I am an avid quiltmaker. I began making quilts in 1986. I took a two year break and to date I have finished four. Several others are in various stages of completion. I enjoy quiltmaking, because it allows me to play with color, pattern and occasionally texture. With quiltmaking, I have the freedom to explore my creative side. While I have not had much time to actually work on my quilts during school, I have tried to keep in touch with this interest by subscribing to a quiltmaking LISTSERV called QuiltNet (firstname.lastname@example.org). By subscribing to QuiltNet, I am able to keep up with the latest trends in quiltmaking, new tools and new techniques.
I enjoy quiltmaking, because it allows me to use color and patterns to create something. I also enjoy the tactile attributes of the fabric. Although, I appreciate the rich traditions of quiltmaking, I prefer to use color and patterns in new ways to create non traditional quilts. My favorite part of the process is designing, choosing the fabrics, piecing and the binding. I am not very fond of the actual quilting part of the process.
To facilitate my quiltmaking, I belong to three quilt guilds in the area, East Bay Heritage Quilters, The San Francisco Quilter's Guild and the Yakima Valley Quilt Guild. All provide me with newsletters, workshops, meetings and an opportunity to have my quilts hung for public viewing. I am also a part of a mini-group; eight people who get together on a monthly basis in order to work on our quilts, talk and provide feedback to each other.
I look forward, once graduation is over, to spending more time quiltmaking. I am eager to complete some projects and polish my rusty skills.
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