Week 14 Wrap-up Post

Week 14 Wrap-up Post

Part 1: My contribution to the learning community this semester In my week 2 post I said that as a student, I was here to learn, but I also hoped to share some of my learning, too.  I wanted to model my participation on Garrison’s model of teaching presence, and be engaged in the learning process, and contribute based on my knowledge and ability.  I wanted to demonstrate emerging information professional skills, but still present myself in an honest, authentic way….

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Are Summer Reading Programs Effective? Issues in program evaluation.

Are Summer Reading Programs Effective? Issues in program evaluation.

Bam, Pow, Read! Manchester City Library, CC BY-SA 2.0 The goal of Summer reading programs (SRPs) is to encourage reading over the summer holidays.  It is thought that SRPs offered by public libraries may help prevent “summer reading setback” which refers to a decline in reading skills over the holidays, or “summer slide”, a tendency to lose some of the gains in academic achievement over the school holidays. It is assumed that reading loss occurs over the long holiday break when children do not…

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Excuse me, can you pimp my profile and measure my research impact, please?

Excuse me, can you pimp my profile and measure my research impact, please?

Altmetrics by AJ Cann (CC BY-SA 2.0) Universities are at the centre of a changing research landscape due to a variety of national and international drivers.  New roles for librarians are being identified to support researchers. Richardson, Nolan-Browne, Loria & Bradbury (2012) mention the emergence of two new, important trends in research support since 2012: social media optimisation alternative impact metrics, or altmetrics I had some questions: what is social media optimisation? What are altmetrics? Is impact related to quality? Are these measures misleading? What is…

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You’ve got a makerspace…now where’s your maker?

You’ve got a makerspace…now where’s your maker?

We discussed makerspaces in libraries in our Twitter chat #ifn614makechat  on Monday night.  It was a lively conversation! We talked a lot about whether the library is the right place for a makerspace, with many agreeing that if there was a community need, and it could be related to the parent body’s strategic plan, then yes, a makerspace should be a priority for the library to enable access to technology that many in the community would otherwise not be able…

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Digital exclusion – what is it and what can we do about it?

Digital exclusion – what is it and what can we do about it?

Digital Divide #4, by Barry Dahl (CC BY 2.0) On Monday night, the IFN614 class engaged in a thought-provoking and wide-ranging Twitter chat  on Information and digital literacy, which spanned many issues from digital exclusion to e-safety, to how much technological knowledge librarians should have.  The issue that resonated most with me, and which will be the focus of this post, was digital exclusion, and the risks it carries to individuals’ ability to participate in everyday life, as increasingly, services are moving…

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A speed date with design thinking

A speed date with design thinking

My problem question was, “How might Belinda be better supported by the library in her researching efforts so that she can learn research skills and feel more confident with her research skills?” We know that Belinda does ask for help, but it must be someone she trusts (e.g. her sister); therefore if we can establish a trusting, continuing relationship between Belinda and a librarian, I think this will be beneficial for Belinda. (I realise that there may be little likelihood that such a program…

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Library program review: Silver Wattle Book club

Library program review: Silver Wattle Book club

Gapers Block Book Club: Water for Elephants, by Daniel X. O’Neil (CC BY 2.0) Tea and a good book – what could be better? I reviewed a book club for reading and literacy week in our subject, Information Programs, Products and Services.  Rockhampton Regional Library  runs a program of “Lively Events” for adult community members that includes monthly book clubs, mah-jong meetings, classic movies, trivia.net (in which people are taught to use the internet to find answers to trivia questions) and…

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Service review: QUT Library Reference Service – “Ask a Librarian”

Service review: QUT Library Reference Service – “Ask a Librarian”

This week’s Information Programs, Products and Services topic, “Reference”,  and our Twitter chat, #ifn614refchat prompted me to think about the reference services available from the QUT library website.  After 3 semesters of studying at QUT as an external student, I had never before taken advantage of this service, preferring to do my own research for assignments and find my own information. So, fighting against all my natural instincts, I decided to access the Ask a Librarian reference service on the…

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Participation in our learning community – student, professional, me?

Participation in our learning community – student, professional, me?

My natural instinct when first engaging in communities is to be quiet, careful and observe my environment: there could be danger anywhere. I believe I have done this since I was a small child.  Shy and self-conscious, I didn’t like to ask questions (I would have to talk to someone! And, it might make me look stupid), so I tried to find out how things worked on my own.  It probably took me a bit longer, and may have been…

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