Adventures in Wonderland
Here’s an interesting blog post that was recently brought to my attention.Â Olivia (my fellow first-year-blogger) and I were going to both make comments, because there’s lots of great stuff here that is useful both for long-time librarians and newbies like us.Â UnfortunatelyÂ Olivia had toÂ bow out of thisÂ joint project, though she did provideÂ many of the links. (Thanks, Olivia!!)Â And sheâ€™s promised another great post soon, so Iâ€™m looking forward to that as well.
So letâ€™s head down the rabbit holeâ€¦
First off, hereâ€™s John Dupuisâ€™s post at Confessions of a Science Librarian.
So heâ€™s got 29 reports listed in the link above.Â And to make it easy here are all the links to posts by our own bloggers about the same reports
1. The question they forgot to ask
2.Â Sudden thoughts
3.Â Is this new OCLC report worth it?
4.Â Takes more than blogs
4. Some thoughts on privacy
6.Â Renting keys to walled gardens
16. Real faculty in our minds alone
20. Digital scholarship reconsidered
22. Three new things
22. The more we know
22. Learning from the work
23. Waste of time
26. Digital scholarship beyond the sciences
28. Transformational times
29. Academic research a painful process
Â Itâ€™s amazing to me the wealth of information available about the future of our profession.Â For example: I was considering starting a library blog.Â It wouldnâ€™t be anything fancy, just a way to let students know whatâ€™s new and interesting, and maybe provide a review or two.Â But in November I read the post StephenB made about the report Sharing, Privacy and Trust in Our Networked World. (#4, above)Â It made me rethink *why* I wanted to start a library blog, and *what* I thought it would do.Â
Last semester, our first semester in operation at this branch campus, I taught a lot of â€œintro to the libraryâ€ drop-in sessions.Â This semester Iâ€™m doing other things, most notably with the English and History classes, about library research.Â And I proceeded to promptly hit the wall called IAKT (â€œI Already Know Thisâ€).Â Since then Iâ€™ve read the 2008 ECAR Study, another offering by StevenB, (#23, above) and know Iâ€™m not alone!Â Now Iâ€™m working on a plan to get the faculty more involved, and researching best teaching practices on the ILI-L listserv.Â I might have just kept doing the â€œsame-old, same-oldâ€ and not making any headway at all had I not seen this post and the link to this study.
So Iâ€™ve bookmarked John Dupuisâ€™s blog post, and I plan to slowly but surely read my way through these reports and follow all theÂ interesting rabbit trails.Â Which only goes to confirm my nerdiness because I am definitely looking forward to it!