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Quality finds . .

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 . .

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.

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Bringing it all together . . .

While on my Work Placement at a P-12 college, I noticed that most ‘handout’ and booklet material had included some attribution to the creator.  I decided to go back and have a closer look at Creative Commons and learn how to do that on my own work.  So . . . I now have the symbols on the home page of my blog site and plan to use it on any future work I create. Will discuss this concept with colleagues at our face-to-face TL Network meeting this Thursday and add a similar widget to the TLsConnecting Blog.

Ideas connect and build . . .

Ideas connect and build . . .

Having gone into my ‘Dashboard’ to add a Creative Commons licence to my right sidebar (long overdue), I also noticed that the last 6 blog posts have been completed through my social book-marking connections. Namely – Scoopit and Pinterest.  Both active and visually appealing places where I have RSS feeds finding me links based on topics I’ve chosen.  Every other day I check the links that have been collected together for me and check out the ones I believe warrant closer inspection and then save some of the links and images to my own sites (boards and topics).  Adding the link to my blog site was made easy earlier this year when Scoopit added a ‘pop-up’ that allowed me to send out a tweet about my find and/or place it directly onto my blog site.  I like the idea – seems an efficient and effective way of saving and sharing the things I’ve found.  What these links do lack (since they are placed quickly) is the categorisation and tagging I usually give to my posts.  I need to check in and do that ‘little thing’ – to include them in my ‘searching system’ – as an item within my collection, each is desperately in need of ‘description’ – so I can later find them through their access points!  So, the concepts I’m learning in ETL505 I am able to apply to my own digital collection. Wow, I feel like I am bringing it all together?!*

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Aural stories

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!

Library Learner oral & aural – and a red cape!

I like it!

Library Learner

My skin is fair

My eyes are green.

My mind is open

to things unseen.

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Virtual mentor – words from guru Joyce

I first saw this Vimeo clip a couple of years ago – and have revisited it recently as I reflect on how my repertoire of skills has increased; my knowledge has developed and my philosophy on being a teacher-librarian has become more clear throughout my Masters studies over the last 2 years.  I thought it worth embedding within my blog because it is such a powerful presentation of all the things to consider, as I aspire to be a better ‘information specialist’.

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Whole ‘meal’ of information sites!

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!

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.

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.

Powering digital connections.

Images: Personal collection Carey Leahy – State Library Qld.

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A taste of libraries ‘out there’ . . .

The Brisbane study visit started yesterday with the amazing State Library of Queensland (SLQ) – a huge complex with a matching mission and goals to achieve it! The team of over 250 staff have such a variety of skills and roles, and match this up to connect information to as many Queenslanders as possible.  They do it in some incredible  ‘on-site, on-line & off-site’ ways.  Such a busy and generous place. One day wasn’t really enough to do the place justice.

State Library Qld

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Policy for collection development

Completing ETL503 has taught me a great deal about the management of the library and the importance of a ‘published’ Collection Development Policy.'Covers' displayed1

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.

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