Module 1: Technical observations and Stephens lecture notes

I just finished @Michael’s lecture for Module 1. I was impressed with both the technology and with the content of the lecture. While I didn’t get the notetaking feature working, I really liked the timestamps with hyperlinks and how we could see Michael’s face and slides simultaneously. From a technical standpoint it seemed more engaging than watching your typical webinar archive.

On to the content. I really appreciate that Michael is providing a lot of examples of libraries doing interesting things to engage their communities. I would especially like to be the embedded librarian in the coffee shop described around 17:08.

As I understood the lecture, there are three key aspects to a hyperlinked library:

  • Library evolves
  • Library is everywhere – physically as well has virtually
  • Library Participates/Encourages participation

These sound like things we can do. Well, our library personally might have issues being physically everywhere, but the librarian in the community model seems to be working well for Douglas County Libraries, among others.

One way the Alaska State Library is encouraging participation/library as transformative community is by hosting language practice groups. I run a Spanish group on Tuesdays and someone with more confidence runs a French group. Our mandate is to serve employees of Alaska State Government, most of them reside outside of Juneau, where the Library is. So in addition to having people meet physically for language practice, we teleconference participants from other cities.

We’ve tried videoconferences and online meeting software such as Blackboard Collaborate, but it is hard to pay attention to people in the room when you’re working software or video controls. Our groups are relatively small, but very enthusiastic and grateful for the service.

Our town’s public library, the Juneau Public Libraries, has been running a TEDx series once a month that seems to have good participation. Their latest event will be on education.

Finally, Michael’s lecture produced a whole new reading list for me. I’ve read and highly recommend Drive and Cluetrain Manifesto, but haven’t read the other books he mentioned aside from the OCLC reports.

Now on to some reading.

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