The Dewey Decimal System is one of the most challenging of the topics I have studied in the course so far. Although I am a fairly logical person, I find it quite difficult and at times frustrating to understand the process of allocating numbers after the decimal point in DDC23.
A solution for every challenge
Most schools in my experience, use Schools Online Information System (SCIS) to download the bibliographic information needed for the commercially purchased objects. Only if items are locally produced will TLs have to allocate Dewey numbers to resources. On the subject forum students are questioning the need for us to learn Dewey to this extent. However, what better way to understand the principles behind the system, and to realise the value in common vocabularies and metadata than to have to allocate the numbers ourselves. The use of the online WebDewey to complete study exercises and the assignment is giving us the knowledge and practice that may well be vital to the future retrieval of information for many searchers.
Education Services Australia Ltd. (2013). School Library Services. retrieved 24th September 2013 from http://www.esa.edu.au/services/school-library-services
Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC). (2011). WebDewey. Retrieved on Sept 24th, 2013 from http://www.dewey.org/webdewey/standardSearch.html
Image: Personal collection.
A friend in my PLN alerted me to an interesting website – that on viewing I felt may not be completely up-to-date. I was reminded of the comprehensive site set up by Larry Johnson and Annette Lamb about Evaluating Internet Resources. Prior to working through these processes while building a Topic Pathfinder for assessment in ETL501 (Information Environment), I really was one of those people who mostly just trusted what I accessed online. As a result of these TL course processes, I now hold a healthy scepticism about information until I have verified its authenticated source.
Be warned – Always learning . .
Not only does this site link to many other sites (such as Kathy Schrock’s), but also lists comprehensive evaluation criteria (I must create a SlideShare based on this!) and concludes with useful activities to test out some of their suggestions. By finding and using such sites through this course, I have certainly improved my own information literacy in the digital realm.
Image: Personal collection.
Wow the three and a half days of ‘feasting’ at the Brisbane Study Visit were jam-packed and amazing! As the plethora of information increases, our ability to support people in their ‘search’ is becoming even more important. We need more – not less – capable information specialists!
Some ‘hands-on’ required!
The CSU Brisbane Study Visit has made me realise the great variety of potential career paths that are possible in the ‘information’ area – involving all manner of things past, present and future. Recorded information, current creations and potential future digital/virtual directions – the ‘information’ environment encompasses them all!
Keeping up-to-date and building my own ability (particularily with technology) and keeping an ‘open mind’ about jobs is what I’ve taken from the Brisbane study visit. I need to be prepared to take each professional opportunity and build on it to increase my capacity to serve in an ‘Information Specialist’ role.
Communicating – creating that link between information and people – is so important in any library/information portal. To have a more far-reaching effect, we need to continue to learn new ways to communicate ‘on-line’ with innovation – but we should never underestimate the value of oral communication.
Preservation of artifacts.
The power and necessity of being able to ‘present’ effectively to an audience (and flexibility when time is cut back) – is another essential attribute I believe is needed by library personnel. Whether assisting one person at the desk (standing side-by-side now); conducting generic group search instruction or presenting to a large group of professionals – good speaking/listening skills are essential.
All the more effective if that oral communication is supported by a ‘professional-looking’ presentation using technologies with a visual emphasis (images, slides, screencasts etc). We need to continually improve our service of the access requirements of our clients – through as many modes as possible – primarily including visual, auditory and oral means. If we want to support ‘life-long’ learners – we need to be one as well!
Powering digital connections.
Images: Personal collection Carey Leahy – State Library Qld.
So many applications are available to create interesting, eye-catching visual information. Smore is one I’ve learned about today through a student colleague. I’m planning to give this a go and see how many places I can use it.
Trending Flyers in Australia – Smore.