In thinking about our Library 2.5 session at NECC, Feed, Tag, Research: Remixing for Library 2.5, I’m realizing one of the best parts of it was the ensemble. (In fact, most of the sessions I participated in were ensembles and it’s exciting to see the collaboration at work.) I’ve posted a challenge at the end of this post for tech coordinators and librarians–so more of us can collaborate.
Even though I was part of the panel, I got to experience the excitement of listening to so many other great professionals share their passion for what they do, and it was a great learning experience just listening to Diane Cordell, Cathy Nelson, Joyce Valenza, Judy O’Connell and Anita Beaman and seeing Kim Cofino’s presentation as well.
You come away from conferences both invigorated and humbled, because no matter what you know, you have so much to learn and from so many unexpected places, too.
Joyce as always challenged us to communicate with vendors what we need–she worries that databases are still too difficult to access, and wants vendors to create web 2.0 types of widgets that we can embed on our library websites or that students can embed on their own iGoogle pages, so that databases are at their fingertips–great point!
Diane’s slides were so beautifully done and she shared much wisdom about seeking through reference interviews to understand your customers/teachers/students and provide gentle scaffolding to support them. Cathy shared her insights about speaking to others outside the echo chamber and the importance of attending/presenting at conferences outside of the library field, like grade specific conferences and subject area conferences and administrative conferences, where we need to partner with the other professionals we work with in our buildings.
My area was how we can better partner with our administrators by seeking out their mission and vision and trying to support that, always keeping in mind that our role is keeping students first, not just the library program itself.
Anita shared some really creative ways that you can use web 2.0 tools to embed the “love of reading” onto your library website, and how to better connect print and the web. And Judy shared the global nature of our work and reminded us that students aren’t even digital natives anymore, they are just digital.
I’m featuring Kim’s video here since we ran out of time in the presentation and I’d like it to be shared. I regret that we didn’t show it first so that we could honor her incredible work and leadership in combining information literacy and library services to form a 21st century team at her school.
If you weren’t able to watch the whole presentation live via Ustream but would like to know more about it, you can find the video and the links to all of our slides and resources on our wiki site. (The sound of the Ustream is missing in a little part of it, but comes back, by the way.)
After the session, Susanna Garza of Region 20 in San Antonio remarked to me that she also wished we’d been able to spend time talking about how to build better bridges between the tech departments and libraries. Kim’s presentation speaks to how their school has rethought that. I think that Susanna’s comment is an excellent suggestion, and am thinking it would actually be really exciting to hold some sort of online “discussion” with a panel of librarians and IT/tech staff to talk about how they can understand one another better. Anyone game for that?