As I neared my final semester this past May, with only one course to take, I decided that the Visualizing Big Data course simply didn’t give me enough of a Statistics refresher. So what did I do? I decided to join my (really smart) classmate in Biostatistics for Public Health 1 while also trying to muddle my way through my last required course, Introduction to Library Administration and Management. I now find myself struggling insanely with the work and with only four weeks and three days to go I am actually worried about getting the required ‘B’ in the course so that I can graduate in August.

Argh, what was I thinking! I have not had a math course in almost thirty years and I had no idea how difficult it would be in the online environment. I spend an hour on each problem simply because I don’t remember how to do calculations that used to come easily to me. I long for a classroom with a teacher and a good old-fashioned chalk board, walking us through every calcualtion.

The good news is I am learning something! While I don’t always have a clear idea of why we would use one test over another, I am learning how to apply the tests to various types of data. I also have more knowledge of how to set up the research initially by planning the data, analyzing the variable types and creating a code book before data collection even begins. This will be extremely useful in planning my own research and also if I get to assist any researchers with data management plans in that dream academic/medical library job. The course is a crash course in clinical study and public health research terminology as well. Most fun is getting to play around with SPSS Statistical software. Another class, another tool!

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Spent several hours trying to discover why my calculations did not match the SPSS results. Finally found the simple calculation error… ugh
All opinions expressed here are my own and are not reflections of Monroe County Government or the Monroe County Public Library. Beginning my third career as a new librarian, after 22 years as a massage therapist in the Florida Keys. It may seem like a big shift but I have always been interested in education and information as well as how to best sift through the multitude of information sources to find what is most useful. After Hurricane Irma, I accepted my first position at the University of St Augustine for Health Sciences. Sadly, I found myself to homesick so I decided to return to the Florida Keys a little over a year later. I accepted a position at the public library. While I miss the more interesting parts of my work at USA, I am happy to be working with a great team and with the public as well as learning how different the public library is from a private, for-profit university.

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