01/04/2011 § Leave a comment
Thanks for listening in this week. We had some good shortcasts that we hope you were able to access. It turns out that maybe a blog isn’t the best way to share this type of media, so we’ll be rethinking how/where the TMI series will go from here on out. At very least, we hope to post a short conversation with the editors at least once a month, as much for the purpose of us getting better and speaking our ideas as sharing them with you all.
Stay tuned for some more upcoming adaptations to HackLibSchool, all good of course.
Micah V. and the HLS Teamsters
Previewing next week – our Declassified series where we take a similar class at two different schools and review it – pros/cons, skills learned, overlap in content, teaching methods, textbooks, etc. Are we really all learning the same general things? What does ALA accreditation really mean for the course content? We shall see!
31/03/2011 § 1 Comment
Student organizations and student government are a big part of the MLIS experience, mirroring committee work and boards we will be expected to participate in as information professionals. Listen in!
30/03/2011 § 9 Comments
TMI week marches on.*
I am so excited to be able to chat with Audrey Watters. Audrey writes (like 100 posts a day) at a leading tech blog ReadWriteWeb.com as well as HackEducation.com. Her posts on both blogs are often center around educational technology, and the interactions of tech and cultural trends and institutions, including this recent one on an app that librarians might be excited about. Be sure to check out her weekly Ed Tech Roundups to keep up with that world. I could go on a fanboy rant here and talk about how cool it was to meet Audrey (along with Seamus and Adrianne) here in NYC when I was interning with ReadWriteWeb, and how she was the first real life internet celebrity that I met, and how encouraging it was to chat with her about the state of education generally and some of my ideas (that may or may not have developed into this here bloggy blog!), and how I got super excited when she showed up on my favorite Digital Humanities podcast talking about ebooks… but I won’t.
*We’re noticing a lack of comments on these shortcasts, and would like some feedback: Like/Dislike? Mix it in with writing?
29/03/2011 § 7 Comments
For the second installment in this week’s TMI series, we caught up with our very own Julia Skinner to talk about why library school students should get involved in independent research. Julia has done her own independent research and has presented at conferences. Library history is one of her many research interests. You can read more about her endeavors on Julia’s Library Research Blog.
Have any of you presented at conferences or done your own independent research projects? What were your experiences?
28/03/2011 § 3 Comments
Welcome to TMI Week! We are taking a break from blogging to dedicate some brain-time to our coursework, and so we thought we’d beef up our Two Minute Insight shortcast series. Over the next 5 days stop back by to hear some brief thoughts on a variety of topics related to Librarianship, library school and the state of education.
The HackLibSchool Editorial team – minus Julia – took fifteen minutes to discuss what we see as some major issues that will be facing librarianship in the next few years. FYI – this was the first time we have actually all “talked” to one another, and it was cool just to hear one another’s voices. Also, this is meant as a practice in vocalizing our ideas in a different medium, and we hope you’ll forgive any novice nervousness and/or technological glitches.* This episode breaks the Two Minute mold by about 13 minutes, but we thought it’d be nice to introduce ourselves and our emerging ideas is this format. Expect more team-sized shortcasts in the future.
Here’s the hightlights in case you can’t listen to the whole thing:
Question: What are the major issues facing libraries and librarianship in the next few years?
- Heidi – We must be proactive instead of reactive.
- Britt – Have to start considering serving the middle demographic (25-45), libraries are of the community despite govt connections.
- Annie/Micah – Experiential connections in the institution and digital preservation can bolster the profile of the library in a digital world.
- Zack – Re-conceptualizing our place in society is necessary.
- Lauren – Must begin advocacy and marketing better to help others realize the value of librarians/librarianship.
- Nicole – How to evolve and adapt to new needs. What does the public want from us?
*Micah’s note: Feel free to drink every time I say “great”… After class, in the comfort of your local pub or home, and of legal age, of course.