Monthly Archives: December 2013

Reflection on Hyperlinked Library Course

Structure of Course

Initially I was not exactly sure what I got myself into when I signed up for this class. We moved to the WordPress site for Blackboard and I was wondering how this course would be structured. In library school my reference used a Google blog, but it was a while ago. So, I do not necessarily remember what happened. The structure was clear and changing throughout the semester for clarity. For example, I appreciate you guys recognizing the module menu was getting unwieldy and needed to be adjusted. This is something I spoke to colleague about the other day at work as I was designing my online course. Those long drop down menus and buried content are not conducive to online learning.

Course Content

The Hyperlinked Library course content was fabulous! I feel like the most up to date and knowledgeable librarian. I go to meetings at work and reference readings, new technologies, the Horizon Report in Higher Education (one of my new favorite documents), and everyone wants to pluck my brain for information. I have a friend that works as an analyst in silicon valley and I told her to take this course. It is fab! She was very impressed Michael Stephens was my instructor and Aaron Schmidt was a guest lecturer. She was a little star struck.

My new obsession is gaming and gamification in the library. I hope to get the support of administration to support gaming in the library. We have 9,000 FTE and 3 full-time librarians, and in order to implement new technologies and programs we need more librarians. It has taken me almost 3 years to update the library website by adding online guides, video tutorials, an animated video, etc. Of course, I am the only one in my library with this level of technology literacy. I struggled to find a way to advocate for new technology, and the budget and personnel to support it. The Emerging Technologies Plan was a little bit of a struggle for me in the beginning. I could not wrap my head around how I was going to approach it. So, after a week of thinking and brainstorming I had a plan. I am thankfully for Michael’s feedback, because it helped me determine how to approach the next big assignment, the Director’s Brief. I took the feedback and crawled over my Director’s Brief to hit the points I missed in the previous assignment. It means so much to me to have the opportunity to provide such a service in my community college library. I am planning to present it to my college president during our meeting next week.

Last but not least…my final thoughts (I know we finally made it!)

Technology is always changing and the way we use technology evolves as well. I think this course has helped me take a new approach about how I learn about new technology. There are so many opportunities to use technology that I feel like I should have known about a year or two ago. How did I miss it? What was I doing? I thought I was keeping up to date, but obviously as a professional librarian I needed a new approach. This is one of the best learning experiences I have ever had, and I am grateful this course was offered.

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Library Social and Participatory Service

I have learned so much in this class and it is hard to sum up. The biggest thing for me is my thinking has really evolved, and I am enthusiast about the future of my library. I know it is clique but anything is possible!

It was always difficult to see how I could implement technologies in my library without the support of my colleagues. It is hard to get support when no one understands the technology. I have learned how to support the implementation of new technology in my library, which is so valuable. I am excited to apply these tools to the workplace. I hope I can make a difference in my library.

I am inspired to create a game to teach students information literacy skills next Fall. Hopefully, I will get the help I need to make it happen. This Spring semester I am going to be teaching my first online course in the Associates degree program via Blackboard. I am excited to incorporate some of the techniques that helped me learn in this class. I am going to promote discussion and interaction between the students. I am considering a wiki portfolio of all of their work as a final project. This course has sparked ideas on so many fronts. I cannot name them all, but I am happy I had the opportunity to take this course.

Please check out my infographic that includes links some of my favorite bits and pieces from my blog posting from the semester. Link to Infographic: http://infogr.am/library-social-circle-and-participatory-service?src=web

Living a Better Life in the Real World as a Result of What We Learn from Technology

0216_turkleSherry Turkle says that mobile devices have changed the way we behave in our real lives (TED, 2012, April 3). I never would consider texting at a funeral. Of course, I do not text at all. Unless I am forced by someone, that refuses to speak to me on the phone. If they do not want to talk I push them to use my personal email address. “Goldilocks effect” not to close and not to far (TED, 2013, April 3). Conversations do make us vulnerable, and I guess people do clean up things using technology, but sometimes people share too much via the internet or technology. Morozov definition of “solutionism” is using technology to solve problems in real life (The Economist, 2013, May 2). I agree I wanted to lose a few pounds for my wedding, and I used an app for a month to help me track my calories. It was too time consuming, and my life was changing. I did not have time to track my calories. I continued to attend Zumba, and control my diet and I lost weight. I really did not need an app, and I did not want to post my activity to social media or share it with my friends. I did not need an app for this.

I invited intermediate family and a few friends to my wedding. The pastor that married me was my brother in law. So, my wedding was very private. A friend that attended my wedding said she would not post my wedding pictures to Facebook. It was something I did not even consider someone doing. My niece asked my husband if she could post his picture to Facebook, and he said no. Another friend posted my wedding picture to Facebook, and it upset me. I did not get the opportunity to tell people personally I was getting married. My friend took that away when she posted this very personal moment to Facebook.  I wanted to share this moment in my own way and when I wanted to and I lost it. I had considered deleting my Facebook account, but it gives me the opportunity to view what my friends post. Especially if it is something that may affect my career, and I want to control what is shared. Turkle makes a good point, “I want to have a feeling, I need to send a text,” and I understood my friend was excited about my wedding and wanted to share with her Facebook following (TED, April 2012, April 3).

When I look at the history of my library’s Facebook page everything a librarian came across in real life would be posted. I cannot say there was any intention, and there was lots of over sharing. No employee was safe!

gozilllawithcellphoneThe librarian would post everyone’s picture in almost any situation. Now, I have made our Facebook posts very intentional and focused on things specific to students’ needs. Teaching them how the library can help them.

I considered introducing students to the apps for databases, but they are not user friendly. The format of the database page does not change much, and the font is so small. I really did not find it easy to use. So, I continue to teach students how to search the electronic databases using the internet.

Technology presents many opportunities. In some ways I agree and disagree with Keen. For example, when doo wop was created teenagers wanted to have a doo wop group. When Elvis Presley started to shake his hips and present rock n roll to white teens. You have more white teens wanting to sing rock n roll. I think it is part of being young. Young people will try anything, and we have the belief that we have to try. Technology has just given people a new opportunity to display their talents, or fulfill their dreams.

In the library world we need to try things more often. In order for libraries to survive they need to try and incorporate technology. Of course, not everything will work for every library. My library may not benefit from Insta.gram, but a Facebook page may be enough for us to reach our patrons.

I disagree with Keen that we are going into a cultural dark age (PressPausePlay, 2011, September 14). As an African-American woman and an art school grad I like the fact that barriers are being torn down. The talents of those despite socioeconomic, race, nationality, gender, etc. are being recognized due to technology and social media. I appreciate being given the opportunity to choose what I want to watch, listen to, and what I view as art. Instead of so called experts telling me what I should like.

I am a fan of television, and one of my favorite moments is Susan Boyle’s first audition on Britain’s Got Talent when she was perceived as a joke, and blows everyone away with her voice. I did not get a chance to watch it on television, but I did view it on YouTube. I am happy I had the opportunity to view it, and I chose to like it.

 

References

PressPausePlay. (2011, September 14). Andrew Keen. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UA1aTaa3Pg

TED. (2012, April 3). Sherry Turkle: Connect, but alone? Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7Xr3AsBEK4

The Economist. (2013, May 2). Evgeny Morozov on technology: The folly of solutionism. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOvaNzIxz54

Image Credits:

Sherry Turkle news.aaas.org

Godzilla with a cell phone, http://www.frankincenseandmirth.com/2013/08/31/power-plants-power-trips-and-the-powers-that-be/