September 26, 2013: “Learning Everywhere: Ten Mobile Things to Explore & Use” Presentation & Immersive Laboratory workshop, NORWELD, Bowling Green, Ohio.
September 30, 2013: “Of MOOCs & Mayhem,” Roles for Libraries – MOOCs, eLearning & Gamification, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
October 10, 2013: “Learning Everywhere,” Presentation for staff, Washington University Libraries, St. Louis, MO.
October 11, 2013: “The Hyperlinked Library,” Presentation for St. Louis area librarians, St. Louis, MO.
October 15, 2013: “Evolving Hyperlinked Libraries,” presentation for staff of Williamson County Public Library, Tennessee, online.
October 15, 2013: “23 Mobile Things: Tools for Delivering Library Services,” with Jan Holmquist, Internet Librarian International, London, England. (Note: my portion is online!)
October 16, 2013: “Learning 2.0 Meets MOOC: Professional Development Evolves” The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries, online.
October 20, 2013: “Learning Everywhere: Transformative Power of Hyperlinked Libraries,” Library 2.013 Conference. Online. (Note: will make this presentation from NZ)
October 22, 2013: “Learning Everywhere: Transformative Power of Hyperlinked Libraries,” Keynote, New Zealand Library Association Conference (LIANZA). Sponsored by the Victoria University of Wellington’s School of Information Management. Hamilton, NZ.
October 25, 2013: “Beyond the Walled Garden: Distance Education in an Era of Participatory Culture,” Presentation for Centre for Academic Development, Victoria University of Wellington. Wellington, NZ.
Learning new technology can be challenging. With that in mind, SLISConnect, the combined student and alumni association at the SJSU information school, recently developed an online resource aimed at helping students and alumni explore tools that can foster academic and professional success. Launched in July, 23 Things for SLIS Students and Alumni: Essential Tools for Professional Success explores 23 online tools, with tutorials that take between 20 and 30 minutes each to complete. Topics include time management tools, presentation tools, screencast software, career resources, and social networking sites. Five modules are already available, and the SLISConnect team plans to add other modules in the months ahead.
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Note from Michael: Carlie will be a Participatory Learning Guide for the #hyperlibMOOC this fall. She was a WISE student in my classes at SJSU SLIS. Her ideas below resonate with my teaching and views. Enjoy…
As a recent LIS graduate I really don’t feel different, but looking back I think I had an exponential increase in library and life knowledge throughout the second half of my graduate degree. It’s been almost a year since I shared the promises of a then future librarian, so I thought it couldn’t hurt to share those of a new one.
As a new librarian I promise the following to members, colleagues, and to myself that I will:
Seek out lessons from other industries, related or not. Find everyday examples that could make libraries better.
Remain open to new ideas and ways of seeing. It’s reassuring to think there’s always someone out there better than me at something—it means I will always learn.
Go beyond connecting people with collections, and move toward connecting people with people, people with ideas, people with communities, and people with creative tools and spaces.
Save people’s time.
Condense, focus, and seek context when sharing ideas. (And those who know me know how many lines I wrote in school for talking in class. This will be a challenge.)
That may be adding a quick video capture or screen shot when demonstrating a database, or being mindful of what I share on social media. More holistically, seek out ways to implement services and programs that add value to community members, and measure that value to make iterative improvements.
Prioritize doing awesome things for my community over pondering philosophical musings of the profession.
That means I will do both, but I will put the community first. That also means taking action. Choosing to focus less on pondering the future of libraries does not excuse me from being a righteous project planner.
Let go of perfection.
Being paralyzed by the fear that a new program won’t measure up to an unseeable future library will most definitely lead to stasis. Being informed and brave, trying a new service, measuring outcomes, then making it better will bring about a positive library future. Mistakes happen; own them and learn.
Be nice and work hard.
That might sometimes mean holding back to preserve the esteem and ideas of others and finding a better time to share my perspective, or maybe even not at all. It also might mean quietly fixing someone else’s mistake because I know they were having a tough day instead of pointing out their error. Not everything needs to be a teachable moment.
I want to bring my best self to serving my community.
I know I will stumble and promise to learn from my mistakes. I hope others help me to continue to learn and grow as I begin my career.
Carlie Graham of Carliebrary Consulting is a Knowledge Management Strategist for ITFO, a communications company in Victoria, British Columbia serving global Fortune 500 companies. Prior to that, Carlie was the manager of Music & Media at the University of Victoria for 11 years, responsible for the creation and development of the Library’s Media Commons. You can find her on Twitter @carliebrary and on her blog http://carliebrary.wordpress.com
Oak Park Public Library launches a new Idea Box installation. What a wonderful way to tap into users’ hopes and dreams! Kudos OPPL!
During the month of July 2013, my colleagues, community partners, fifty teens, and I were stationed on The 2nd Floor of the Chattanooga Public Library for DEV DEV: Summer of Code. It was, to be completely honest with you, the greatest single experience I have ever had in a public library. Let me tell you why.
Since the program happened on The 2nd Floor of the Chattanooga Public Library it would be easy for everyone to think that this all happened at the library and it was all the library and that was that. But that’s not the case and I’d like to take this moment to tell you about our partners. Without the support of Engage 3D, AIGA Chattanooga, and the Benwood Foundation, DEV DEV would not have happened. Their support (educational, funding, brainpower, design, etc) and dedication to the program and the community of Chattanooga is one of the key ingredients as to why this beta test run of this program was as successful as it was.
It really takes everyone in the community getting together to make amazing things happen.
Without the support of EVERYONE at the Chattanooga Public Library, DEV DEV would not have worked. Every day, the circulation staff would wait on the teens that came into the library at 9am, making them their white hot chocolates and letting them in the doors before the rest of the public could get in. The rest of the staff smiled and welcomed the teens every day. They knew how big this was for the teens attending DEV DEV and they made sure they had the times of their lives.
Photo by @chattlibrary
The parents brought it all together. Not only did they drive the teens back and forth from the library, but on the last day of the program they came out to show their love and support. It is in moments like this where you can just see teens gaining so much love and respect for their families. Awesome.
DEV DEV would not have happened were it not for the amazing talent and dedication of the teens involved in the program. For four weeks, you gave your attention and hard work to learning how to build websites, make robots dance, and program video games. You blew all of our minds. For me personally, as I get older, I am happy to know that the world is in such good hands. To borrow from southern lingo….Ya’ll are gonna do some amazing things.
SO WHAT’S NEXT?
DEV DEV was not meant to be a one shot program but instead an ongoing series, a library/community brand if you would like to call it that. As with any program of this size and scope, some time is needed to rest, reflect, and accurately plan the next steps. We’ll be doing that over the next few weeks at the Chattanooga Public Library. I already had a great discussion today with Engage 3D Education Director James McNutt about online learning communities. He is a brilliant dude and I can’t wait to see his ideas in motion.
For more on DEV DEV, please visit our site: http://devdev.chattlibrary.org
For the full DEV DEV: summer of code story, please visit: https://storify.com/JustinLibrarian
-Post by Justin Hoenke, Tame the Web Contributor
I totally forgot to link to my July column:
How might staff development days evolve? I was impressed with the activities at Highland Park Public Library, IL, when I spoke at the library’s staff day a couple of years ago. Staff participated in a live, hands-on “passport to technology” program. Stations around the building offered staff members the chance to try out new devices and new web services offered by the library. The Best Buy Geek Squad was in attendance as well, offering encounters with popular and best-selling consumer tech. At each station, employees received a stamp in a passport. Filling all the blanks entered each person into a number of drawing for ereaders. It was Learning 2.0 with a hands-on twist. (For more about “on your feet” learning, see my report from the illuminating R-Squared conference)
I’d argue for continuing staff development days, but I’d also urge administrators to promote a culture of learning all year long. At a workshop recently in Alberta, Canada, an administrator asked me how to incorporate all the new ideas and services we were talking about into practice. “How do we balance it all out?” she asked.
I suggested two strategies, one for management and one for staff. For administrators: mandate weekly time for each staff member to explore something new related to their jobs. It might be a social tool, a web service, or simply distraction-free time to read a few articles or a book. Reports on learning progress should figure into performance evaluations and monthly meetings.
Steve Campion writes:
I was building a library card gallery (scroll down the page: http://www.wa-list.com/?p=418) and decided to gather them together in one image. The mosaic came from that. I think the gallery is pretty cool. It shows off the individual cards and the variety and vitality of the public libraries across the state. 85% of the libraries — large and small — contributed cards or images for my gallery/mosaic.
I thoroughly enjoy Brian’s columns at Publisher’s Weekly:
Let’s get the bad news out of the way first: if you want to be hired as a librarian, get ready to move. Many of you are probably already in a large city or a university town with a library school, plenty of recent graduates, a public library that hasn’t hired anyone since 2008, and academic libraries that are only making part-time appointments. You’re going to need to look nationally, especially to land that first position.
This is tough love—the sort I ignored back in the early 1980s. When I graduated from library school, the national unemployment rate was nearly 11%, and I refused to leave New York City. As a result, I spent two years cobbling together a living as a circulation clerk before I landed a full-time gig. Today, the wait could be even longer.