It’s week 5, term 1, 2012. I’m starting to feel like I may have bitten off more than I can chew. I decided to take two units this term instead of the paltry one per term I did last year. What does this mean? Well it means, I constantly either working on an assignment or thinking about starting the next assignment. That’s okay. I mean for goodness sake, I finished a PhD while working full time at uni and teaching the piano after work. Surely I can do anything?
So, little bit of stress bunniness aside, I am enjoying the units this term for the most part. Unexpectedly, I am finding I am getting more out of Management Issues for Information Professionals than Collection Management so far. If you had asked me at the start of term I would definitely have predicted it would be the other way around. I’ve been wondering why this is and I think it’s that so many of the topics in Mgt Issues connect to what is going on in my real life at the moment. It’s been really useful to read about issues like change management and innovation when these are being experienced at the same time at work.
In other LIS related news, my abstract for RAILS8 was accepted. Exciting times ahead. I have sent away all my forms and registration. Now I will just have to plan to cut my 14000 word minor research project on GLAMs down to a 5000 word, 25 minute presentation. Luckily it’s not until June so I have lots of time. That’s what I keep telling myself anyway.
Onwards and upwards!
This week my reflection is in the form of slidecast, mainly because I wanted to have another go at using this technology. I found this very easy to set up with ppt and then talk to the points. Something that I didn’t talk about in the reflection is my experience with some vlogs that have been put together for the program I teach into to assist distance students with information literacy. I went to have another look at them this morning and the files were too large to watch easily from home. They took forever to connect and then wouldn’t play. Technology fail. I’m not sure what was used to make them but I think something much simpler could be just as effective. This informed my last point about considering the technical/technological access of users when providing information in this way. Many of the students who would be wanting to access these vlogs live in rural and regional areas where internet access is limited and slow. We are doing them a dis-service if we cannot provide information equitably to all. Anyway, this is definitely something I will be looking to try and improve in the future. So, all in all, this week has really struck a chord with me.
I used my digital voice recorder and audacity to record and mildly edit my podcast. Then I used The Internet Archive to upload and host my podcast.
This is my second attempt at a vlog reflection rather than staying in my usual written blog post comfort zone. (Actually it’s my third attempt. Yesterday I had a whole different one finished but then I got up this morning, watched it and hated it. Delete!). I chose to reflect on the second option in the weekly activities. I’m not sure I stayed on the topic perfectly but I decided I will call it “creativity”. What I have learned this week? How to import and export audio files that I have recorded myself using Audacity, how to search for images in Creative Commons and use them and also get a little bit more technical with Windows Live Movie Maker (which is all I have on my computer). How I wish I had a lovely Mac! Never mind.