When I think of all the technology sources available to us, I picture a vast buffet. This year, I've been sampling amazing options, and a favorite is Tracy Z. Maleef's "Library Sherpa" Nuzzel Newsletter. In addition to tech news links, she shares some business and law-related stories, and her perspective from 15+ years in the world of corporate and law libraries.
So I'm blessed to have my own home Tech Mentor, and tonight I shadowed him as he started to remove my SIM card from my iPhone 5 so we could put it in my "new" hand-me-down iPhone 6. When the 5 didn't respond to the "tool", he grabbed a quick YouTube video and got the clue he needed. He says he does a lot of this "just in time" learning now, rather than his former habits of listening to tech podcasts and following RSS feeds on a regular basis. I'm still excited about doing the latter because I have so many knowledge-gaps to fill in.
The "Computers in Libraries" Conference is a highlight of my year, because I help educate patrons in technology every day of my work life. I quote something I learned at CIL every week, but there's no guarantee that I can attend this transformational event every 12 months. Consequently, at CIL 2016, I started quizzing other conference attendees and speakers, "How do you keep up with technology?" and this grew into the idea for a presentation.
Even though I'm a public librarian, I've often attended "Internet at Schools" sessions on teaching coding, electronics, and other makerspace ideas. I'm in the process of learning to teach computer classes, so there's much I can learn from this track of the conference. Last year, I met school librarian Dawn Nelson, who did a fabulous presentation on getting more organized with our technology, I emailed her about my workshop concept, and she offered to work on it with me. We are excited to see more collaboration between school and public librarians, and this was a place to start.
On October 28, David Hoffman emailed us that our session was approved for March 28, the Tuesday of CIL 2017. We had 150 days to poll librarians, research the literature, and to find the resources and practices that would help us personally "up our game" in tracking technology. It's now November 28, and I'll blog the adventures of the remaining 120 days, including my very first attempt at a computer game.
I listen to a random selection of books, depending on what is easily available through the library's download services. . . . In addition, I occasionally listen to a volunteer-read book on Librivox.org, or to something I purchased on Audible.com. On the latter site (Amazon/Audible), I only download the best sale titles. Recently I was delighted by this book, "Agnes Hopper Shakes Up Sweetbriar" by Carol Guthrie Heilman. Instead of a twenty-something protagonist, Agnes Hopper is a feisty, spirited senior who is "relocated" to a retirement home at the beginning of this story. I thoroughly enjoyed the humor, annoyed thoughts, an occasional Bible verse or prayer, and the upbeat ending. The book also raised hard questions about the way seniors are treated, and motivated me to reach out to seniors in some capacity. After finishing the book, I messaged the author, and was happy to hear that Carol Heilman is working on a sequel. I find it thrilling to correspond with writers, so this was an extra treat.
Our church website was just given a face lift a couple of days ago. I wish I could take credit for the design, as it turned out quite nicely in my opinion. The only part I was responsible for was the sermons portion of the site.
Colleen has been working very hard on creating a new website for the library, and it also is turning out very nicely.
The Knitting Circle
by Ann Hood
Hood writes an eloquent description of the journey through grief.
Her novel describes a mother who (like Hood) loses a child,
and finds healing through knitting and a support group.
If you have read every book recommended by Oprah,
or you just need a good cry,
this is the book for you!