Monday, March 29, 2010

LIS 568 Week 11

Well, this week is Crunch Time! It is almost the end of the semester and the projects and reports are starting to pile up. This is the final week to work on the Professional Development Workshop and as of right now I do believe that I am in a good place making this the best presentation I have ever done in my entire college career and with this being a Masters course. I have learned so much about book trailers and was fascinated with them so much that I was actually saving some articles on the side of jobs constructing book trailers. Since I do have a production background and the majority of my experience revolves around videos, it seems like a great fit so after this workshop I am going to look into it more in depth.

This week is all about e-books and how they have their place in the library. Sue mentioned that e-books are not a commodity in most libraries and this week's discussion question Sue wants our opinion on that. Personally, I think e-books are the greatest material ever invented due to the implication of technology mixed with reading and research shows that kids prefer to watch movies than read books hence the creation of movies based on books. Also from a reference perspective when I was in school we were restricted to checking out fiction and non fiction books and reference material could not be checked out. E-books allows students to access the same reference book they need for their project and work on it on the go without even stepping foot inside the library.

To conclude this week's blog, I continue to perservere in making my professional development workshop presentation the best it can be and have it in by Sunday 4/4 and I really hope Sue and my fellow colleagues learn something from it and apply it to their careers.

Monday, March 22, 2010

LIS 568 Week 10

This week in LIS 568 was talking about tools to add to our belt and implement them when we go on to great careers as a SLMS. Sue mentioned that there were some that felt that they would not use our social bookmarking site Diigo because all it does is that it lists websites and doesn't provide features to implement the sites and send to others. Sue mentioned in response to that, the reason why Diigo specifically said to add tags to the websites because the tags are what gives suggestions to other websites that relate to that specific topic to add on to the toolbelt and that there is a feature to create folders in Diigo for better organization of sites.

This week Sue introduced us to Google Earth and Primary Access to broaden our tools and see what else is available to share with our students, faculty, parents and administration. I was fascinated how effective google earth was creating the exact location of where you want to go such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art to the Buffalo Science Museum or even the Planetarium without leaving the classroom. Technology has revolutionized everyday tasks and now has created a new spin on taking a field trip right from your classroom.

I have to conclude this blog by saying that the more tools I am introduced to, the more I am going to share with students and colleagues. I did feel a bit ambitious by having the vision of have a "technology library" that would be 100% electronic with no paper materials. After realizing that I would be cutting out a big chunk of multimodal resources out. Hearing about major newspapers possibly eliminating paper copies and making it all electronic tells me that the view is not too ambitious and with the invention of ebooks it makes the dream much more possible and most importantly achievable.

Monday, March 15, 2010

LIS 568 Week 9

After a relaxing week long break, I am ready to get "back to the ol grind" with LIS 568. This week we will be attending an online conference on Professional Development Workshops and what it takes for a successful, interesting and captivating presentation. We must respond on the discussion board 6 times and this time we won't be in our two groups (G and H). Each board will be broken down by each thread presented in the conference and we have to respond to at least 4 classmates to increase sharing of ideas.

I have never been to an online conference and the topics threads that Sue mention sound interesting and exciting. The two that caught my eye immediately were "Week In The Classroom" and "Leading the Change." In comparing the two one was intriguing and interactive and the other was lecture based comprised of useful information to help with construction of my Professional Development Workshop. My favorite one had to be "Week In The Classroom" and the Keynote speaker Rachel Boyd. Boyd constructed a presentation that provided so many visual aspects making it hard to not pay attention. I was initially shocked to find out that her six-year-old students are learning Web 2.0 tools such as googledocs, blogs and wikis to display their work and EVEN critique work of other students across the globe AT SIX YEARS OLD! It's amazing to see how technology implements skills that everyone can take with them whatever they do.

Overall, I had a good time attending the conference and learn about all the different Web 2.0 tools out there implemented in classrooms. Reading comments from my classmates was fun finding out how they reacted to the presentations and I picked up some suggestive tips in constructing my Professional Development Workshop.

Hopefully, by the next time I write in my blog I'll have more information about the progress of the Professional Development Workshop. After hearing advice from professionals and pointers from my classmates, I feel a lot better going into the presentation and striving for nothing but excellence.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

LIS 568 Week 8

This week in LIS 568 the moment has come and our biggest project ever that is essential for our portfolio has finally begun. We have to begin our Professional Development Workshop. Overall by the sound of the project I was a little intimidated and frightened by the whole thing but after listening to Sue's podcast and the podcast by Dave (an expert presenter), I feel a lot better.

Having a communications background will really allow me to shine for this project. For the project we have to use Microsoft Powerpoint to construct our presentation. There are so many elements to powerpoint that can make or break a presentation such as font, colors, animations, content, pictures, clip art and the overall function. I have dealt with so many situations where little things like these have completely ruined the overall performance of my presentation and the professional development workshop is no exception for not being overall the best and professionally done.

I had a balst working with my group for the googledocs paper on "what constitutes a good library website." We equally contributed to a section and communicated frequently to make sure each question was answered the best it can. I am dying to know how we did since we submitted it on Sunday but, now it is time to get back to work and stop anticipating due to how much the Porfessional Development Workshop is worth and since it is a portfolio item, it could be the deciding factor on whether or not I will have a job after I graduate from library school. Hope to see you next week for Week 9.