Taking a break from my studies, I ventured on to Twitter (as you do) and shared something I learned today:
After a busy day at work, I settled down to catch up on the latest Twitter happenings, taking some time to catch up on the latest in library news. I was pleasantly surprised to be involved in a very stimulating conversation about the launch of a New Professionals Network with some great NZ librarians. Continue Reading →
It wasn’t long after my last post that I finished work for the year and this week I started back. Seems timely to begin blogging again too. Continue Reading →
Transtech began on the 18th August 2012. It’s hard to believe the 9th December is already here and the final reflection post to end the semester is now due. As our 15-week programme draws to an end I find myself reflecting on the things I have learned, the tasks I have achieved, the fun I have had, and the wonderful people I have met.
From day 1 I have been learning. The delivery of this course was incredibly new to me. Open, transparent and highly Continue Reading →
I had a lot of fun working on this assessment and learned a lot about how much information surrounds me in my working and student life. Being able to organise this information into one place has been really beneficial and I look forward to watching my online PLN grow as I do. [more]
I like that our course is open access. I have, on numerous occasions, emailed, blogged or tweeted the Transtech URL to all and sundry in the interests of openly sharing information I have found useful. This method is how we have come to learn so much through this course.
Presently, open access is a hot topic in New Zealand. From November 22, 2012, the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa [LIANZA] will be restricting certain segments of its website to members-only. You may find Deborah’s blog outlining proposed member-only areas of interest. It should be noted that LIANZA is a very prominent organisation within New Zealand, and is well-thought of and respected by library and information professionals alike, both in New Zealand and overseas. The annual conference, scheduled towards the end of each year and which I have attended in 2011 and 2012, permits a showcase for individuals to share their projects, discoveries and triumphs with other like-minded individuals. It is a significant event for many.
I do not wish to debate the decision here; rather, on a personal level I find myself visualising what impact these changes might make for me as an MIS student and new information professional. In particular, the way in which I glean and share information within my own PLN will change.
Articles like Zombie Librarianship and Maori World View will soon become restricted to members-only. This means I cannot share links to this content within my Twitter PLN global network. Ok, so perhaps my followers don’t want to know about Zombies, but they may be interested in a Maori World View.
In an earlier post, I wrote about preparing for the LIANZA conference and mentioned two keynote speakers I was eager to see: Meredith Farkas and DK. In comments attached to that post, Jan mentioned she’d be keen to hear any insights from Meredith at the conference if I chose to share, as she’d taken one of Meredith’s classes earlier. I actually tweeted Jan the link to Meredith’s keynote address, which included a video recording of the actual presentation.
Come next Thursday, this is one of the resources to be restricted to members-only. As I had tweeted about it, it may be that other followers I have on Twitter may have found the information interesting and useful also. (OK, in all fairness, I don’t look at every link I am sent on Twitter, but I do look at those with a good description on a topic of interest).
If you did look at the link, you’ll see the keynote video has been embedded from YouTube. I’m not sure if restricting the content on LIANZA will also mean the YouTube channel becomes member-only too – I hadn’t actually considered that until now. I do know if I had been trying to find information about the LIANZA Conference keynotes and their presentations, my first port of call would have been the LIANZA website. I can only assume that for the friends, family and work colleagues of the keynote speakers, they would try to source the information in the same way as I.
I’m inspired by the model used with the Library 2.012 conference. Within what seemed minutes of each keynote, their entire presentation was available in video format through open access: information sharing on a global scale! Not only did I get to see Michael Stephen’s lectures without leaving New Zealand I got an opportunity to informally engage with one of the other keynote speakers: Mal Booth. How? I sent a tweet! I’m a big fan of using Twitter to share and glean information:
And this is what my Twitter PLN gave me back:
What I liked about Library 2.012 is that it was open – I could go back and watch any presentation at my leisure and when you’re working and studying, leisure time is rare.
Jan – I was really excited that you took an interest in the happenings at a New Zealand library conference. If you haven’t already, I would urge you to watch Meredith’s keynote video before next Thursday