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.
The monthly newsletter from GoodReads reminded me of the Thomas Keneally story ‘Daughters of Mars’ that I had listened to in audio earlier this year – wonderful!
. . . and I was reminded again of the various books I have ‘listened’ to during the last year or so – books like the Stig Larsen trilogy (European names), John Flannagan’s Brotherband series and a Nth American fiction set in the pioneering days (Mohawk language and other unique accents). Wonderful language made very real by the capable voice of an actor/reader. So easy to listen to when complex word would have been a stumbling block for me when reading the text. (Oh, I still have a text novel at my bed-side for reading each night).
With the advent of the technology that can create text from your voice – it is all becoming easier and more verbal/aural to get our message across.
Library Learner oral & aural – and a red cape!
I like it!
My skin is fair
My eyes are green.
My mind is open
to things unseen.
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.
Completing ETL503 has taught me a great deal about the management of the library and the importance of a ‘published’ Collection Development Policy.
With collection evaluation and then a current collection policy that is targeted to specific school goals, we will not only ensure the resource centre suits the needs of the school (curriculum & students), but also assist the finance committee with timely budget proposal approvals for the library.
The collection map process was enlightning. The number of non-fiction books older that 15 yrs on our shelves was alarming – alerting me to the desperate need to weed. I admit that before reading the literature on weeding I had no idea about the negative implications of outdated literature. Now I realise that those books take up valuable time and space resources!
Copyright regulations and the Smartcopying website was another eye-opener. I’ll need to keep on top of these rules and as a result of discussions with my colleagues, I will make it my business to support their ‘knowledge’ in this area too.
The discussion processes and formal completion of the collection policy specific to my school, was that most complex application of theory into a practical document that I’ve processed to date. I now more fully understand the importance of having an ‘official & presentable’ document to support the processes and practices that will be part of the everyday functioning of a particular library.
Images: Personal collection: Library scene.