Weekend O’Homework

July 21, 2007

The end of the summer semester at SCSU is fast approaching. In ILS566-Library Personnel Management, I have one discussion question to formally answer and then a final exam which must be completed between July 25th and August 1st. In ILS655-Digital Libraries, I have several discussions to participate in and the major class project which is due on July 30th. I believe we then must comment on other projects from the class. While I am in a decent position grade-wise with the work that I have already completed, I have a serious amount of work to do for this course project. Hence, the weekend of homework to which I alluded in the title of this post.

For my course project, I am creating a digital library of technical resources specifically designed to help library staff – this includes some videos, documents and website links which have been created at my place of work. The idea is to create a kind of knowledge-base for specific applications that people in the library use consistently. I’m fairly excited about the project. I was dragging my heals – mostly because I was busy being apathetic about school. I finally decided that I needed to work on a topic about which I was interested. My attitude about school underwent a dramatic shift once I started to refocus my efforts in those areas that I believe to be most critical. This is good, because I was starting to get nervous about my state of mind. I truly believe that my school experience will ultimately be what I make of it – and I was not even making a decent effort. Things seem much brighter now.

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Some Exciting Developments

July 21, 2007

Despite the fact that I will not have the opportunity to take any “Library School 2.0*”classes in my time at SCSU, I’m very excited about some nascent movements in that direction. It looks like Meredith Farkas will be teaching a class on social software to library students (via social software?). Additionally, Ellysa Kroski will be teaching a class on Web 2.0 at the Palmer School of Library Science this fall – complete with a website community for the class. I couldn’t be more thrilled.┬áLibrary school programs, especially those conducted via distance,┬áneed more than what they currently possess to be well rounded and engaging.

*Library School 2.0 – With this moniker, I am not referring to classes about Library 2.0 or Web 2.0. I’m alluding to classes that are conducted using 2.0 tools. It seems to me that actually using these tools to conduct a class is the best way for students to learn about them. It is also a wonderful way for distance students to connect, bond and collaborate – things are are quite difficult to do with current modes of online education.