During his Keynote last night, Micheal Stephens mentioned that he thinks this conference (Library 2.011) is a “game changer” in the world of conferences and connectivity for LIS professionals. After spending time yesterday and today participating, I couldn’t agree more. For the last few months I’ve been mired in a depressingly difficult job hunt but this conference has re-sparked my interest in the profession and reminded me of all the positive and innovative people in the field.
I hope that others are participating and enjoying the conference. There’s still plenty of sessions today. If you have missed any, the recordings will be available soon.
And remember Stephens’ advice to librarians from last night’s Keynote:
Education should be inspiring for all involved. Learning should be filled with discovery, encouragement, and experimentation—both with ideas and tools. The best online and in-classroom experiences can and should be enhanced by the online LIS professional commons. – Michael Stephens
Michael Stephens’ new Office Hours column is out in Library Journal today and it is incredibly insightful and important for everyone involved in LIS education to read – and I’m not just saying this because it references a blog post I made a few months ago.
Stephens also gave a presentation yesterday at McMaster University called Transforming Library Science Education: Heretical Thoughts. You can view the slides from the presentation HERE. They focus on a lot of the same issues he aims at in the column. There are so many interesting ideas in the slides alone I can only imagine how thought-provoking the talk was.
UPDATE 19/May: Stephens has added some thoughts from attendees of his heretical thoughts presentation on his site.
*I have about three more weeks of classes. Once they are finished I plan to focus on writing a lot more. I have several ideas in mind including addressing the issues discussed above.
*Featured image credit Michael Stephens.
In today’s TED Talk Mike Matas describes the first full-length interactive book that has been designed for the iPad. Users can scroll through the contents or the pages of the book, fold out pictures and videos or engage with some of the interactive features e.g. location mapping or application of the books materials. It is a pretty impressive demonstration.
At the end of the talk Matas mentions that they hope to make this available to publishers who can then produce beautiful and complex digital books. I wonder why they don’t also make it available to educators. I think this could be a powerful tool for “online” classes. The professor can create the entire class on this format (rather than on Blackboard). Instead of chapters they create sections for different parts of the course. Then they embed outside readings, their own notes, videos and pictures. Since the iPad can connect to the Internet all the students can collaborate together within the “book.” With the addition of some sort of discussion board, blogging tool or wiki feature students (or anyone with access to the book) could comment and connect to all the different parts of the course, add their own thoughts and explore a new medium for education. I’m sure there are many other possibilities that I am missing too.
I would love to see something like this experimented with within LIS education. There are so many “meta” elements about this that overlap with a lot of the things the LIS profession is confronted with. Not to mention that just experimenting with learning in this new way would be an education in and of itself. Sure, there are plenty of barriers to attempting this and we could find out that and interactive digital book actually is not a good way to organize an online classroom – but we will never know until we try. I’ll be first in line to volunteer for a class attempted this way.
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