Blogging To Build A Community

March 25, 2007

Michael Stephens asks “Should first semester students start blogging immediately in library school?” My answer is an emphatic YES!!!!! In this post over at Tame The Web, Michael Stephens quotes a blog post from techLearning about the problem of using blogs in education as writing tools rather than tools for conversations. It is an extremely interesting post and certainly reinforces the notion of how important blogs can be to facilitate conversations and to then build community.

In this vein, I think that blogs could be a very valuable tool for LIS students – and could help to fill a void for distance LIS students in particular. Blogging could help to promote a sense of community among distance students, traditional students, faculty and even the administration if used effectively. I love the fact that the Dominican University Graduate School of Library and Information Science has started a blog (found via Michael Stephens – Tame The Web). I would love to see more of this sort of thing. The possibilities seem endless – and I think the community that would evolve could truly enhance the educational experience.

I Love The Feeling Of Post-Assignment Bliss!

March 25, 2007

There is such a wonderful sense of relief once you pass in an assignment – especially a tough one. Even I can usually feel extremely relaxed for a couple of hours before I start worrying about how I did. So, I’m utterly enjoying a few hours of relaxation after having turned in my benchmarking exercise for ILS560-College & University Libraries. Yeah!!

The feeling is especially intense tonight since family obligations conspired to keep me from spending as much time as I would have liked on the actual paper this weekend. My parents have been on vacation in Saint Maarten for the past two weeks and were supposed to come home yesterday. Due to severe airline delays, they had to spend the night in Charlotte, NC and didn’t make it home until around 3:30PM this afternoon. My husband and I had to run errands for my parents yesterday and then had to pick them up at the airport today. Of course, their flight was slightly delayed today – and then one of their bags was lost. All in all, I had to spend a great deal of time dealing with these issues – and not on my paper. But now, everyone is safely home – and my paper has been delivered to the professor (unless there are any funky email issues abounding in cyberspace).