General feedback on first checkpoint for A1

This post is a bit of a mish-mash of writing from Clare and writing from me. I’ll italicise content from Clare so you can see when the post is switching voices. Here we go!

The spread of marks for this checkpoint was wide, but everyone passed. Marks ranged from 21 out of 40 through to 39 out of 40. 60% of you got a distinction or better.

Congratulations everyone on a great job on Checkpoint 1, Assignment 1. I was impressed with the high level of work submitted and the high level of engagement. It’s great to see many of you taking time to read and thoughtfully comment on your colleagues’ posts. 

There were a couple of common issues which kept occurring as I was marking. 

The first two issues relate to transparency and the fact that Clare isn’t a mind reader (even though she’d really like to be one!). From Clare:

  • If you are being creative in reviewing a service/program/product that is not obviously related to the weekly topic, it’s possible I won’t get it. It’s your job to make the connections really clear, so spell out how the thing you’re writing about relates to the weekly topic. This is part of analysis: making those connections clear. People’s brains don’t necessarily make the same creative leaps, so be explicit about the leaps you’re making so your reader can follow along. All posts for assessment should explicitly link to the weekly topic.
  • Likewise, you might know where you sourced your amazing CC BY 2.0 licensed image but if you don’t tell me, I might assume it is copyright and deduct marks. Please tell me something about your images, whether in a caption or by a statement at the end of each post like: “Uncaptioned images are in the public domain”. Otherwise there’s no way for me to know whether you’ve failed to attribute the images or you don’t have to. 

Clare also notes you should support your arguments:

  • If you haven’t done your reviews yet my recommendation is that you find a framework or best practice example to benchmark your review against. Your opinion is important but I’d like to see that you are measuring your service/program/product against something other than just your personal experience. 
  • Same for your critical reflection. Getting the balance between your opinion and supporting evidence is tricky. At the very least, try to comment on 1 or 2 of the weekly readings as a reflection.

Be a good librarian:

  • Don’t forget to tag your posts with descriptive terms (put on your cataloguing hat!).

Be a good community member…

  • And do comment on others’ posts and invite comments on your posts as there are marks for this at Checkpoint 2.

For inspiration, Clare recommends you check out the blogs of Karen Parker, Kary Eyres and Rebecca Mutch (just three of the many that did very well this time around).

On Twitter yesterday, Leela asked for some suggestions of really good program or service review posts and Clare highlighted a couple, so I thought I’d add those here too. Clare suggested you check out Rebecca’ post about SLQ’s reference service (and Clare even asked her team at SLQ to read the post) and Anitra’s post on a public library’s holds service.

That’s it from us! Please let us know if there are any questions.

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