A. Peer Chat
Go back through the class introductions. Identify a person with similar interests and send them email using the Canvas email system. Chat for at least 5-7 minutes about anything you wish. Evidence: The log of your chat is your evidence. You don’t need to do anything else.
B. Library Talking Points
Add to a class Google Doc in Canvas. Add a talking point and short example of no more than a few sentences to the list. Use the same font as the first talking point, but change the color for your talking point. Add a comment regarding one of the other talking points on the list. Evidence: Your Google Doc addition and comment is your evidence. You don’t need to do anything else.
Talking Point: Libraries improve the quality of life in the communities they serve, even for those who never set foot in a library, whether they realize it or not. As we help people build resumes, improve literacy, access government services, and complete their educations, those patrons then go out into their communities with new resources and skills, putting them to use in ways that benefit the community as a whole. – Joanna Conrad
C. Professional Blog
Create a blog using Blogger, Weebly, or Word Press.
Create an introduction to your blog using Voki at http://voki.com/. Embed this as a posting or as part of your profile. If you have trouble embedding, take a screen capture of the Voki and place the image in your blog. Then, add the link.
Was included in Welcome message at top of page, but removed after grading.
Create a blog posting that discusses your experience using social networks.
I’ve kind of stayed away from social networks, especially Facebook. Their monetization practices, selling user data, are highly intrusive and a violation of privacy rights. I realize they are important marketing tools for libraries. However, I feel librarians should be educating users on the practical implications of giving away these rights, rather than encouraging their use. Because of these privacy issues, I have two Facebook accounts, one professional, the other personal. I blog fairly often, and cross-post to these networks in hope that more people will see my work.
If you don’t already have a Facebook account, create one. Then, LIKE The School of Informatics and Computing Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/InformaticsIUPUI.
If you don’t already have a Twitter account, create one. Then, join The School of Informatics and Computing Facebook page at https://twitter.com/iupuinformatics.
Compare and contrast two social networks such as Facebook and LinkedIn that you’ve used yourself. What do you see as the value for library and information science professionals? Provide a personal or professional example. Also, include an example from either the IUPUI School Facebook or Twitter postings.
LinkedIn is a much more professional social network than Facebook, intended for making professional social connections, job searching, recruitment, and networking. LinkedIn allows you to promote professional skills and experience, and your friends to endorse those skills. Although you could blog and update there if you chose to, most people use it for professional self-promotion. I have my work and education history posted there, and have connected with many of my coworkers. Facebook, on the other hand, is more focused on non-professional social interaction, keeping up with friends and family, or posting silly pictures of your pets, for instance. While my professional Facebook account is connected to my those of my coworkers as well, I am much more likely to see posts about their pets than I am to see them post about their jobs. Of the two, LinkedIn holds more value for library and information science professionals. This is not to deny the usefulness of these networks for marketing purposes. For example the School of Informatics and Computing uses its Facebook page to promote its upcoming events.
Create a blog posting that discusses your experience using a MUVE, an interactive, or gaming technologies. If you’ve never tried a MUVE, talk to someone who has and share their experience. How do you see librarians and/or libraries using these technologies? Provide an example.
I’ve played several MMORPGs quite often, mainly Dungeons and Dragons Online and World of Warcraft. I enjoy playing them, but they can be resource hogs on computers that aren’t relatively new, and I tend to avoid the social aspect anyway. To me, interaction online is no different than talking on the phone, without the benefit of visual cues, as avatars often have no relationship to the conversation being had. While earning my LTA degree, MUVEs like Second Life were promoted heavily as the next big thing that was going to save libraries, but it really turned out to be just a fad. However, with many libraries adding Minecraft clubs and some libraries going entirely digital, Second Life may be granted a second life. Maybe this virtual environment was simply ahead of its time.
Create a blog posting that is a book, movie, or app review of your choice. Include an image such as a book cover or screen shot.
Please see my cookbook review blog Dewey641.wordpress.com