Got lots of posts in draft and I have been super quiet of late…but why?
‘Cos I’m not super excited about blogging on iPad mini or phone…and I hardly ever get to a laptop at home. But I shall perservere!
But also because I find everything so noisy just at present.
I am not a big shopper, well not a mall shopper (although as far as shopping centres go I do think that Canberra Centre is the right mix and not too claustrophobic). I will happily wander around markets and interesting streets…
Christmas finds me a little overwhelmed most years, so I go simple and quiet. I would much rather catch up with friends at any time of the year….what do we catch to catch up before Christmas again.
This year Christmas plans are still a little unknown.
My 84 year old dad has been using a walker to get around for the last three weeks – he had a painful attack of sorts that has left him sore. This from a man who walks, walks daily, walking is what he does.
It was initially diagnosed as osteo arthritis and so he was prescribed exercise and some physio in a swimming pool which he has been doing ( he is a very cooperative patient). He has now had a bone scan and been to a orthopaedic surgeon and his condition is still unknown….they are thinking now that it may be a stress fracture high up in the femur where the hip joins. He now needs an MRI to really confirm, and then a decision will be made about treatment. Treatment varies from complete rest and it will heal in time, to an operation to put a pin in, to a half hip replacement. We’ll know more after Friday week and another appointment with the surgeon. So he has gone from exercise/physio to compete rest at the moment.
Mum and dad were planning Christmas with us in Canberra. They were planning on staying for a few days and we would all be together with my sister, Sarah and family – for a few days.
All a bit up in the air at present as it may be that we have to drive down to Bowral instead…..that’s all ok.
I am uber cool and flexible with this all…I guess I just want my parents to be OK.
I listened last night to a podcast about social media….apparently Facebook is for the everyday, Pinterest is for the aspirational, and Instagram is for the immediate beauty. I am on Facebook for work, but have to say the rest of it pretty much bores me to tears. The broadcasting of life…and not even owned by yourself. I dip in and out as I am sure many do. Whatever works for you.
So this blog suits me better. My blog. My control I guess.
I do like Instagram, I find beauty and interest, delight and connections through images and short messages.
So what’s up?
Heaps as usual. Sometimes I think I have restless legs….a couple of weeks ago it was trips to Melbourne, Sydney and Bowral all in one week….but 2014 holds much longer travels….
On Sunday Carl and I went to a small exhibition of photos taken of Elvis at 21, right when things were starting to happen for him, but some lovely intimate photos of a time long gone.
So here’s hoping you find your sweet spot.
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Tags: family, health, state of mind
My blog tends to be the personal, although library stuff is what I do, so there are intersections.
I recently completed the Hyperlinked Library MOOC ( well I didn’t complete to get the certificate, but I did do the blogging part). My blog posts were on the hyperlibmooc site but I have exported the posts to my own blog, as instructed.
So normal (ish) transmission is resumed……
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Tags: librarianship, MOOC, MOOCing
What are you taking away from the Hyperlinked Library MOOC?
- that it’s OK to let the heart drive change, be a part of what I do professionally. I have never had this articulated in any type of learning/lecture/reading…
- seek meaningful relationships with our users (hate that word but insert your own…users, patrons, students, …), being transparent, being kind, giving people opportunities to create, explore, experience, and being there to help, guide, share.
- but plan, articulate, collaborate…
- sometimes it’s the seemingly little, yet really meaningful things- like signage – be kind with signage!
- learning is everywhere, wherever, whenever
- transformative learning: an active process – thought, insight, disposition – this is where the heart comes into our learning and practice
- yoga teachers talk about ‘your yoga practice’ and I want to articulate my professional goals, mission as my practice.
- we are about open, participatory user services that focus on human connections, on conversations stories…
- planning (again), but look forward to make things happen – this is how I need to view planning!
- I welcome transparency
these are not all takeaways…a lot of this is known to me, but it’s been fun teasing it out more and thinking about the application to my practice…
and none of this stands still…nor should it, and nor should we…
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Tags: heart, learnings, MOOC
Not sure if the MOOC has triggered some sort of crisis in my own professional practice, or if it was coming anyway? (not looking for blame here…)
I am sure what I need is to articulate my goals, my mission as far as library practice.
I have already moved heavily into MOOC reflection space.
I just loved this lecture – in fact I said that as my status last week:
“Just watched Michael’s mod 11 lecture. This is what we are about. Best lecture ever. So grateful. Right now. Present in this amazing MOOC ”
I am going to write some of Michael’s points from the lecture here and then comment about my practice and intentions.
What can we do? What can I do?
be transparent: initials on tweets is happening, and I want to ramp up our Twitter profile with pics of the contributors – like Christchurch City Library twitter page. Images on library website? Start with our LibGuides pages.
break down barriers: need to start acting, not just thinking about being more strategic at work. Our library is large and dispersed as is our university. Relationships, collaboration, keep talking in a range of spaces! That takes me out of my comfort zone a little (lot)…but v important. Have had some great wins here recently with organising some training….
not be mean with signage: I don’t get to all campuses libraries that often and this is not my domain, but I can influence others?, continue to point out? do a mini audit, pick key people on campus libraries to be involved in this? My section does look at communication & publicity, so on reflection – this is my area! Just need to tread carefully in this space.
practice radical trust: with users, with colleagues – I can do this. I can be judgmental. I can be quick to criticize. V quick. But getting better at this, just by taking a deep breathe, putting replies in draft – working through issues and ideas and not being so quick to respond! I have this other issue with being super quick to respond to email, inquiries, issues- sometimes at my own peril.
map your strategy: yes!! And a great time of year to do this..end of year. And I am having a face to face with my team this week, that planning will determine my individual planning. I can do this. I know that by writing things down this commits me to a course of action.
let your core values guide everything that you do: so need to write these down. I never have before. But I will. And it will be up on my whiteboard by 1 December!
stories have power: I know. I love stories. Stories can transform, be so powerful. I intend using stories more in blogging for work, and in social media….
extend the mission: our mission, my mission. Again – my library mission is articulated, but what is my own personal library mission?
evaluate/measure progress: need to get a bit real on this. My library management talks about acting more as a business, keeping the stats, reporting….and I need to be able to be comfortable in that environment and just..do it !
watch the horizon/trend spotting: part of my job and a part I do enjoy…I am not so good at applying trends or tools/tech to our library, but have a great team who help me with this. Relationships matter. People matter. Keeping up to date matters!
learn always: yes!
be nimble, be quick: have personally struggled with this one this year, as I have fought (often just in my head) with procedures and processes in my library which I think are contrary to this…but lately I have realised that I need to work in with this, rather than just fight against it. Small wins are sometimes all you can get. That’s OK.
have fun: will do! I am a big believer in rewards along the way
make some mistakes: yes! But no regrets!
look for connections: always, and in unexpected places and spaces….
develop your PLN: Twitter used to be it. Increasingly now I dip in and out – but my PLN has enabled deeper connections….meeting people F2F after connecting through Twitter or FB. And it’s a constant moving swell or stream. And the word ‘develop’ to me means constant shifting, changing, tweaking…a continuum.
involve your users every step of the way: and they are there present in your/their/our journey.
be creative: I am one of those people who thinks I am not incredibly creative, but can see it in others. But I am and that realisation has been slow in coming for me…almost a modesty thing? But I am creative in … my house, gardening, arranging (my office, my house…collections), my photos, my knitting (this is a recent re-acquaintance after many years!)
be human: I cannot add to that. we are.
be kind: yes. kind to others, and importantly kind to ourselves.
take risks: a useful reminder that we don’t have to be our stereotypes!
find balance: I think I get the balance right- although I don’t think it’s always about balance, sometimes there is more emphasis on one thing than another. Shifting.
bring your heart with you: this fills me with joy! I just love how this MOOC has articulated this for me….And how wonderful tat this is IN the syllabus
let the heart drive change – show kindness: we cannot lose with this overarching mantra!
do a google image search for hyperlib MOOC and what do you get?
Cheetham, W, & Hoenke, J. (2013, August 19). Making mistakes in our daily work: A TTW conversation between Warren Cheetham and Justin Hoenke [Web log post]. Tame The Web. Retrieved from http://tametheweb.com/2013/08/19/making-mistakes-in-our-daily-work-a-ttw-conversation-between-warren-cheetham-and-justin-hoenke/
Corkindale, G. (2011, April 18). The importance of kindness at work [Web log post]. Harvard Business Review Blog Network. Retrieved from http://blogs.hbr.org/corkindale/2011/04/the_importance_of_kindness_at.html
Henry, A. (2012, February 8). How to promote yourself (without being sleazy) [Web log post]. Lifehacker. Retrieved from http://lifehacker.com/5883298/how-to-promote-yourself-without-being-sleazy
Klerk, J., & Stephens, M. (2010, April 15). Open conversation: Being human [Web log post]. Tame The Web (TTW). Reprint from Digitale Biblioteek. Retrieved from http://tametheweb.com/2010/04/15/open-conversation-being-human/
Stephens, M. (2010). Goals of an LIS educator. Library Journal, 135(19), 32.
Stephens, M. (2010, December 1). Heretical thoughts. Library Journal, 135(20), 72. In Tame The Web (TTW). Retrieved from http://tametheweb.com/2010/12/01/heretical-thoughts-2/
Stephens, M. (2011, February 10). Office hours extra: It’s about people talking to each other [Web log post]. Tame The Web (TTW). Retrieved from http://tametheweb.com/2011/02/10/office-hours-extra-its-about-people-talking-to-each-other/
Stephens, M. (2012, May 15). Professionalism matters. Library Journal, 137(9), 42. In Tame The Web (TTW). Retrieved from http://tametheweb.com/2012/05/15/professionalism-matters/
Stephens, M. (2011, April 25). Office hours extra: Save the day! [Web log post]. Tame The Web (TTW). Retrieved from http://tametheweb.com/2011/04/25/office-hours-extra-save-the-day/
Stephens, M. (2011, April 15). Stuck in the past [Web log post]. Tame The Web (TTW). Retrieved from http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2011/04/opinion/michael-stephens/stuck-in-the-past-office-hours/
Thompson, C. (2012, March 21). Clive Thompson on the power of introversion [Web log post]. Wired Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.wired.com/magazine/2012/03/st_thompson_introvert/
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I realise (yet again) while listening and watching Michael, Peter and Char in this module that it is the human faces, the relationships, the passion, the exposure to people who “know their stuff” and are passionate about it all – this is what engages and motivates me. Not groundbreaking, but my motivation for doing and being in this space.
Learning momentum, of which Michael speaks is really important. I have initiated and facilitated five learning 2.0 programs in my workplace, and cringe when I occasionally hear people say “when are you going to run another program?” or (worse) “you are so lucky having time to learn learn stuff”. Admittedly it is not often. We know that people who do the learning 2.0 programs become more confident in learning and engaging and playing more. I love Michael’s mantra “learn always” – I am going to use that as my response! The learning 2.0 programs are transformative – they certainly transformed my learning…and it is taking that further, ever moving and learning….and often for me, a restless space. But ever moving (I hope!). Sometimes a lack of focus can be a problem for me.
My library continues to explore different ways of providing learning opportunities and spaces and places. Perhaps I should advocate for an online journal club or a one hour per week dedicated “distraction free time” and build that in to our personal PDPs – which are our personal development plans….
Here is my paper from ALIA Biennial of 2012 “Ninety-two things and counting…the past present and future of the 23Things @ACU Library program”.
I am not a good finisher. I love the presenting, the training, the facilitating. I am not good at assessing, at writing the final report. Perhaps I need to work more with others? Involve people who do that part of it better than me? I am not a good delegator so then end up getting burnt out or stressed.
I loved hearing Char’s final comments on reflective practice. Staying present. Being aware. And interesting too, that in yoga (something I love) – one talks of “practice” as well. Being aware, staying present. Engaged.
This stuff resonates.
A random reflective post on learning….
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Tags: learning, planning
I have had this one in draft for a while as I was just stuck on makerspaces, and not sure why.
And then it came to me….I think I am caught in this space where I just can’t see academic libraries and makerspaces in the same sentence…and that is bad!
There is no reason why academic libraries can’t be in makerspaces – shouldn’t creation space be hand in hand with learning spaces, as Michael said in his lecture?
I think I am suffering from trying to think of something new and differences in the whole makerspaces…maybe I just need to relax a bit and think things through a little.
I do like what Bond Uni and UTS are doing with Instagram – and that’s all about creating and engaging – so perhaps I need to look more at these types of spaces?
Bond Library http://instagram.com/bondlibrary#
UTS Library http://instagram.com/utslibrary#
AND…look further afield…and not just at Australian libraries?
I can’t help reading about makerspaces and thinking about 23Things – as I think they are related…PLAY! Wherever and however that is…but giving opportunity for play. I think some of the examples of makerspaces, such as the Digital Media Lab in Skokie Public Library are just amazing!
Academic libraries seem to be doing the learning spaces really well these days…but I think we are a little passive in the playing, making spaces – and would love to see more examples shared in this area.
I took the photo below in Canberra earlier this year at the 2013 Enlighten Festival. This is a great nightly festival where architectural projections are beamed onto some of Canberra’s (and Australia) iconic buildings. This photo is called – “quiet. don’t you know this is a library?”
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Tags: academic libraries, makerspaces
In true fashion I appear to have skipped onto module 8 – the breather module.
I really do need to finish my post for module 7 AND do my social media guidelines for an assignment.
But I have been taking a breather, a long breather some might say.
- six nights in Ubud, Bali with five women from my bookgroup, including a day at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival. Photos at my Flickr page, but I still have to upload more phone photos and describe and tag them all!
- two nights last weekend spent on the south coast of NSW at Broulee
- and this weekend I go and visit a girlfriend who lives even further down the south coast of NSW at Merimbula.
My aim for the rest of this breather week, is to
definitely read some blogs – have not done this enough at all!
do some more MOOCing of my own, and
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Tags: breathe, coast, holidays, MOOCing