Thoughts for The Future [Task 17]

Wehner, in his 2017 presentation at the Public Libraries Western Australia conference, centers on a quote from Nutter, the Director of North Carolina State University Libraries: “[I hope the library is] known as a place of excellence, and a place of passion, and ideas and vision. You can’t be in this building and not think that something is happening” (NCState, 2013, 7:40).  Wehner notes that Nutter does not mention books or physical resources as a fundamental need for the library, and suggests instead that the content provision and sense of community is required to take […]

Managing Digital Identity [Task 14]

Social media is having an increasingly prominent influence on all aspects of life. The impressions formed through social media are immediate and durable, meaning that anything put out into the digital ether requires management of both identity and reputation (Huang-Horowitz & Freberg, 2016). Being actively present in the internet (having accounts and profiles on social media) means that anyone can be watching your activities and behaviours, and this is likely adjusting their perceptions of you. But even being a passive consumer of content on the web leaves digital traces (also sometimes call a digital footprint, […]

Mobile Exploration [Task 8]

Strava. While I use the Strava mobile application very regularly, I had never visited the Strava mobile website until this task. It is very similar to the desktop site, comprising of a single column of chronologically organised data. The activity feed on the desktop site has two static side bars flanking each entry, the left of which appears on the mobile site at the top of the ‘dashboard’ screen, and the right of which (containing links to other functions of Strava) does not appear to be present. The information presented on the mobile site does […]

Twitter Feeds [Task 4]

The National Archives of Australia (@naagovau) primarily tweets content that can be classed as information dissemination, and information sharing (Huang, Chu, Liu, & Zheng, 2017). The information they disseminate mostly comprises their own exhibitions and events, or the inclusion of National Archives or prominent speakers or members of staff in other public events. Other information dissemination from the National Archives regards facilities in National Archive offices, mostly focusing in changes to regular hours of operation. The information shared spans a much wider range, and is frequently tagged with #onthisday or #otd. These posts share an […]

What is Web 2.0? [Task 2]

In the connected day and age of Web 2.0, organisations that do not embrace technology are setting themselves apart from the rest of the ‘ecosystem’- and at a disadvantage. The ecosystem that technology currently exists in is a very connected world. Digital in 2017: Global overview (Kemp, 2017) shows that of the global population 3.8 billion are active internet users, and of those 2.8 billion engage actively in social media. Organisations which connect with individuals through engagement with Web 2.0 are publicising their intention to be received as forerunners in the technological ecosystem, who are […]

American Behavioral Scientist Article Analysis [Task 1]

The information we receive through viewing Facebook profiles come in two forms; visual and textual (verbal).  The article by Pelled et al. (2017) Textual Primacy Online: Impression Formation Based on Textual and Visual Cues in Facebook Profiles examines the central question ‘which elements on Facebook profiles exert a stronger influence on the process of impression formation – pictures or text?’ Generally, the primary cues used in determining impressions are visual, however when visual and verbal cues contradict each other, the verbal cues are relied on more heavily for receiving information. The nature of Facebook has […]

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine (INF506 assessment one)

Social media, or anti-social media as I like to call it in moments of ‘Dad joke’ humour, are platforms based in the digital space for the collaboration of ideas from every corner of the globe. Social networking, then, is the process of engaging with others and their ideas, through social media. My own engagement with social networking is, I fear, terribly typical of a 21st century 20-something-year-old.

Wonder (ETL401 Assignment 3 Reflection)

Information literacy skills, abilities and techniques are imperative that students can access and use information effectively in learning (Herring, 2010). Scaffolding inquiry learning offers teachers, teacher librarians (TL) and students a series of practical steps to follow in attaining these lifelong learning skills. Guiding students through a scaffold supports them, rather than overwhelming them, particularly in a field that has been taught stagnantly for so many years prior (Maniotes & Kuhlthau, 2014). The same can be said for teachers and TLs, as in my personal experience the process of undertaking research has been unchanged in […]

Animal Farm (Are school librarians an endangered species?)

When Bonanno said that teacher librarianship was an “invisible profession” I nodded my head, and then glanced around furtively to make sure no TLs saw me do that (ASLA, 2011). In my experience with TLs (or as we will see; distinct lack thereof) I have yet to come across one who manages to tell us all that this course urges us to be. It is most likely my lack of experience in the teaching world that leads me to (sadly!) agree with a statement like Bonanno’s, but in schools where I have learnt and taught […]

Through the Looking Glass (ETL401 Assignment One)

In the short time since leaving school, and the associated safe haven that school libraries provide for nerd youth like myself, my experience of school libraries has been small but significant; fledgling but formative; casual but crucial. And maybe dominated by my love of English language and literature. My perception of what a Teacher Librarian (TL) is has changed a few times over the years. While at school, the librarian was a mentalist, always knowing which shelf I would find my next favourite book. At university, I found myself in awe of librarians; no longer […]