The Library As A Classroom For Library Staff

The Library As A Classroom For Library Staff A new kind of learning environment.   Tl;dr: Using the Creative Classrooms Research model to create professional development opportunities for part-time, frontline library staff with extremely limited time available for upskilling. Introduction Recently I have presented at two virtual events – Library 2.016 and LARK (Library Applied Research Kollektive). I spoke…

You Are Digitally Literate. Until You Aren’t.

You are digitally literate until you realise you aren’t. You have purchased your first tablet and don’t know how to ‘copy and paste’ text into a document. You have been playing Words with Friends for the last three months without knowing it includes a built-in dictionary. You ignore text messages from friends because you don’t know what all the…

Knowing Is Not Enough

  Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Knowledge and willingness are just the beginning of a quality learning experience. They do not produce learning on their own. If we want to truly learn we must apply and we must do. Anything less…

Three Links Worthy Of Your Attention

In the last week I’ve found a lot of resources that are really good for library staff wanting to upskill in tech and related areas so I thought I’d share my top three finds with you. An excellent set of eight modules from the Colorado State Library for library staff to help library members one on one with…

Do You Speak Emoji?

You’ve probably used the smiley face emoticon 🙂 in text messages, on Facebook and maybe even email. Emoticons use images and characters to express an emotion in a text-based medium.  Emoticons are like emotional punctuation – they provide an emotional nuance or human element to text-based communication and help the reader to understand your message. Emojis on the other…