Final reflection- Over and out!

Final reflection- Over and out!

It’s been a long semester! I feel that I’ve learned a lot and have come a long way but I’m also glad to reach the end! Here’s a wrap up of my learning journey (so far!). My Community of Inquiry Contributions Way back in my Week 2 post, I expressed a desire to be seen as a supporter. I am still happy with this role and I think that I achieved this through a variety of methods. In total, I…

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Kids in the Library: A twitter chat

Kids in the Library: A twitter chat

So as one of the Twitter champions this week, I’m here to give you a rundown of the twitter chat and hopefully add a little of my own sparkle to the mix. Bec made a good point early in the chat: before we kick off #ifn614kidschat just a point for me, I personally draw a BIG distinction between kids and teens & will argue accordingly. — Rebecca S. Randall (@rebeccasrandall) October 17, 2016 This point wasn’t pursued much during the…

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Week 13: Pop culture

Week 13: Pop culture

I am a believer in libraries being the great equalizers. They should level the playing field and open up resources to those who otherwise wouldn’t have access to them. Part of the problem with this construct is that some of the demographics which need these resources most don’t know how or where to access them. Here’s one role that pop culture has in libraries- bringing people to the library! Don’t be shocked, but I think sometimes us Information Professional types…

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Living life on The Edge: My experience at a Makerspace!

Living life on The Edge: My experience at a Makerspace!

Recently, I have been lucky enough to participate in two inductions at The Edge. The Edge is an amazing maker space at SLQ which provides equipment, training and support to Brisbane’s creative communities. They offer free access to specialist equipment such as laser cutters, sewing machines, cameras and 3D printers. It also has a recording studio and a digital media lab which provides access to a wide range of editing and design software. To use any of the equipment at…

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Digital Literacy and the Mobile Revolution

Digital Literacy and the Mobile Revolution

I think digital literacy is one of the most important and interesting areas of information literacy today. The internet has brought with it so many opportunities but it has also emphasized the distance between the ‘haves and the have nots’. Much has been written about the digital divide and how the lack of technological resources, access or skills can be a huge disadvantage within today’s world. But is technology itself helping to bridge this divide? Mobile phone use has become…

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Program Review: A conversation with Liane Moriarty

Program Review: A conversation with Liane Moriarty

So this week you’ll get two reviews for the price of one! Program Review: A couple of weeks ago I attended the Liane Moriarty author talk at the recently built, Wynnum Library. This event was part of the Lord Mayor’s Writers in Residence Program. This $100,000 policy was announced by Lord Mayor Graham Quirk back in 2012. It invites both Australian and international authors to speaking events and workshops within Brisbane libraries. It is hoped that this program will encourage…

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Future Directions of Reference

Future Directions of Reference

So for me, the first thing I think of when I hear the word reference is a large and dusty set of encyclopedia. With my maker googles on this is the future direction I see for that type of reference: All jokes aside, when reflecting on my use of reference services and products for this post I realised that my use has evolved. As an external student I am rarely on campus to use an actual in-person reference service, but…

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Tweet, tweet, tweet…My Twitter Experience

Tweet, tweet, tweet…My Twitter Experience

Twitter and I have a love-hate relationship. Some days we love each other; some days we hate each other; sometimes I love it and hate in the same day! The days I love it are when I’m feeling extroverted and curious. It satisfies a need for information and connection. I can feel involved with the world and know first hand and in real time what is happening. These are the days where it feels like a long overdue phone call…

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My Community of Inquiry

My Community of Inquiry

I see my role within this learning community as a supporter. That’s not to say that I don’t lead or follow at various times. I have quite a strong personality and when faced with a group situation I consciously try not to dominate. Professionally, I have been a manager and team leader for many years so I am quite comfortable with taking charge. When I was younger I was very head strong and keen to control situations but I think…

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