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  • valarie907 11:55 pm on May 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    lesson 9: creating tutorials 

    Digital Pipeline Journal Alert Tutorial
    This tutorial walks a user of the Alaska Digital Pipeline through setting up journal alerts for publications available via EBSCO.

    I planned on redoing this tutorial, but decided to wait since I’m taking an Information Literacy class this summer that includes lessons on creating instructional screencasts.  I’ll redo this one at some point since I received feedback that text for the URLs would be helpful.  For my tutorial assignment, I will more than likely focus on how to access SLED and the Digital Pipeline for kids for an information guide wiki for our Seward Elementary students.  I’ll post my project here when I’m done with it.

    This was a fabulous class that I would highly recommend to other Alaskan librarians and library workers.  Thank you!

    • Daniel Cornwall (@DanielCornwall) 9:05 am on June 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      This looks great! I was wondering if you’d mind if I 1) Used this in the Friday Bulletin and 2) Suggest that SLED link to it. No is an ok answer although I think this is a really good resource. Your followup sounds like it will be handy as well.

      • alaskadragonfly 8:18 pm on June 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Wow, I really appreciate the positive feedback, Daniel. It means a lot to me as a beginner. Our district tech coach also shared it in her blog and your certainly welcome to do so. I’ll let you know if I find a way to add text or redo it.

  • valarie907 1:14 am on April 13, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    future information technologies 

    The speed at which technology evolves is staggering.  The impact reaches deep into societies on local, national and global scales.  The digital divide suggests that lack of technology integration and access is a threat to education and wellbeing.  Acquisitions of new technologies might improve function and services, but they also increase the workload through implementation, training, and infrastructure, including reliable networks, systems, servers and databases.  These resources are costly on many levels.

    Innovation for the sake of the new and titillating is not beneficial.  Potential investments should be researched and evaluated from various viewpoints for the significant contributions possible to the library environment and service (Allen, 2012).  Best practices should be employed to effectively and successfully implement a new information tool, and to clarify the purpose and goals it serves (Evans & Layzell, 2007).  Yet, if a technology is widely used, libraries should examine how it can be used to promote information literacies.  With the projected increase usage of mobile services (Rieger, 2012), it behooves the library and information community to protect the investment of their online presence by ensuring it supports and is accessible by mobile devices.

    Modern technologies are tools to promote information creation, dissemination, access and management.  The key to doing so in a productive and successful way is to create a plan.  The 5 year rolling strategic plan that Evans & Layzell (2007) mention provides structure while also allowing flexibility to deal with a rapidly changing commodity, and delineates the essential goals from the extra to control expenditures.

    Webscale services dubbed “big data” implies the impact that technologies have on manual records and metadata management (Dempsey, 2012) across agencies and disciplines.  The integration of archives, libraries and museums as information centers will impact not only the physical use of space and technology; it has a significant influence on record management, especially in the digital environment, to increase interoperability between systems using shared standards and protocols.  Consensus is not easily reached, but the advantages of the ideas that spin off of each new innovation synergize the creation of technologies that will be useful and valuable to library and information services in the future.

    The increased focus on literacies beyond the traditional (Hill, 2012), specifically digital literacy, which is in the process of being defined (Newman, 2012), will continue to impact the purpose and function of libraries in our communities.  School libraries are becoming increasingly involved in teaching multi-literacies via the Common Core (Hill, 2012).  There is an increased need to find, organize and discern valid information.  This often involves a knowledgeable librarian who has experience with a variety of technologies and modes of finding information.

    The physical library will also transform as information technologies change and influence the purpose of space.  These include the use of the actual space, function, display and organization to improve access to information services.  Library space, as community space, is incorporated into the architecture of the physical libraries and the innovative, sustainable and transformative usage of that space is significant.

    Various issues, including transparency, open source, privacy and digital rights, influence collaboration between vested parties, even across the disciplines, and impact them in unknown ways.  Yet, the number one priority of technology in libraries is improved information management and access for internal and external stakeholders and that will be the guiding principle behind long lived tech inventions adopted in the library context.

    When people ask me about the future of libraries, I don’t even acknowledge the implied suggestion that libraries are obsolete.  Instead, I say: “Information has been important to humans from the beginning; we’ve recorded it on cave walls, baked clay, papyrus and today we still have books and other mediums used to store and access information; but it’s still information…and it still needs to be organized and shared.”

    “Information delivery still requires a human intervention.” (Evans & Ward, 2007, p. 458)

    Allen, F. (2012). Why great innovations fail: It’s all in the ecosystem. Retrieved from http://www.intelligentcommunity.org/index.php?src=news&refno=696&wpos=5000,5000,7460

    Dempsey, L. (2012). Big data .. big trend. Retrieved from http://orweblog.oclc.org/archives/002196.html

    Evans, G. E., & Layzell, W. P. (2007). Management basics for information professionals. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers.

    Hill, R. (2012). All Aboard!: Implementing Common Core offers school librarians an opportunity to take the lead. Retrieved from http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/slj/printissue/currentissue/893928-427/all_aboard_implementing_common_core.html.csp

    Newman, B. (2012). The definition of digital literacy. Retrieved from http://librarianbyday.net/2012/04/03/the-definition-of-digital-literacy/

    Rieger, S. (2012). The Best Browser is the One You Have with You. Retrieved from http://www.alistapart.com/articles/the-best-browser-is-the-one-you-have-with-you/

  • valarie907 7:19 am on August 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    reading in Alaska 

    I was born Alaskan Native and raised in rural Alaska.  As a child, I was filled with an intense craving for knowledge and understanding of the world around me.

    The first book I really remember reading (besides Dick & Jane, ugh!) was “Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad” in third grade.  Wow, this amazing historical figure, a woman no less, knocked me off my feet!  I read it over and over.  At this point in my life, I hadn’t even seen a “black” person in real life, but I knew about them in a kind of mythical way…like people hearing about “Eskimos” up north.  (FYI, I do not call myself an Eskimo, I am Inupiaq.)  Harriet was a hero; she did amazing things to help her people.  I knew about having people.  I also had a vague sense of social injustice.  I too belonged to a specific cultural group that was different.  It was the beginning of my fascination with cultural diversity and how people fit in to the world around them.

    Literature gave a little girl isolated in rural Alaska access to the whole wide world.  My hunger to learn more and discover more was born…and it was fed by my literary experience beginning with folktales from around the world found in our little school library (certainly not the disneyfied versions of today)…the little book order flyers my parents indulged me in…the magazines they subscribed me to (back when they lacked ads and promotions for consumerism, but that’s a whole other issue)… and the comics they bought me (yes, bring on the graphic novels).

    Thank you Mom & Dad, Grandparents, school teachers, librarians and fellow book lovers for encouraging this amazing skill.  It has made my life RICH!

    It is a privilege to work in a field that allows me to encourage the literary experience of young people today!

    What are your early literary memories?

    • domesstikate 11:36 am on August 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Great post!

      I was fortunate that lots of people read to me as a child, my mom chief among them. She read to me nightly until I was about eleven or so.
      I remember a similar book to yours called The Underground Railroad – we read together when I was in grade five. And I remember it being unlike anything I’d ever experienced.
      The earliest book that I can remember really falling for was The Wugie Norple Story — a picture book by Daniel Pinkwater that we took out of the library over and over! It was about a little cat that grew and grew, until it was larger than the pig, the horse and the house. It featured a strange cast of characters, including a mother who was always frying onions and a father who played a carrot flute. I recently placed an ILL on the book (it’s become rare — and collectable) and re-read it after many years. It’s crazy! But something about it grabbed me when I was a kid.
      Mysteries also had an early appeal — I remembering being about seven and sneaking into the moonlight from my bedroom window (I’d already been put to bed for the night) because I couldn’t stand not knowing what was going to happen to that intrepid Nancy Drew – caught in yet another trap!

    • Laura Conant 11:22 am on August 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Valerie, Thank you for sharing with all of us your younger life experience. I’ll continue to follow your blog.

    • briannadarlington 8:23 am on August 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I remember reading C.S. Lewis and falling in love with the mystery of the land behind the closet door. Roahl Dahl also impressed me with his twisted characters and their icky personalities. I remember going to the library as at age 12 and using the old microfiche catalog, looking for books on the shelf and asking the library assistants for help.

    • lisaangoco 11:31 am on August 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Touching post 🙂 The very first book I remember reading was The Bemen Town Musicans when I was in first grade. That book stood out to me so much because we later acted out the book in a school play and I was the cat. Wow fond memories going back in time and rememerbing my elementary years.

      • lisaangoco 11:32 am on August 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        I meant The Bremen Town Musicians, sorry for the misspell.

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