Take A Peek – Things 17 to 20
Making CPD23 my own I’m whizzing through
The Medium is the Message- Prezi and Slideshare
Lovely, useful. I’ll investigate more thoroughly when I next come to write a presentation.
Jing / screen capture / podcasts (making and following them)
Cloing. That’s the noise of me dropping the name of the article what I wrote with my old boss. Twice in two blog posts.
It is particularly relevant though seeing as it’s about screen capture.
Along with screen capture, I would make a plea for the investigation of e-meeting/web-conferencing/screen-sharing software such as Elluminate or GoToMeeting.
The training potential of these is huge. You can conduct live sessions one-to-one or one-to-many. You can record sessions and have them available 24/7. You can reach in an engaging and interactive way customers for whom face-to-face is impossible.
OK, it’s not without it’s problems. I had a particularly difficult session due to a dodgy router at my end and an intermittant internet connection in Nicosia. But new(ish) technology brings challenges.
My top tips.
* Don’t be fooled by the informality of the Internet, it’s a training session like any other. You need to prepare your content and let your attendees know what to expect.
* Allow plenty of time for attendees to get their technology working. Microphones, speakers and cameras can take a while to sort even if you know what you’re doing.
* Use a headset, it gives you two hands free for typing and allows you good control of your volume.
* If you are recording a session, go somewhere quiet, preferably a sound-proof booth. One of my recordings was done in what I thought was a silent office but sounded as though I had been down the Dog and Duck at chucking out time.
More of a user than a maker, although I’d like to change that!
Thing 19: Catch up week on integrating ‘things’
Reflecting on the journey so far I would say my biggest revelation has been Twitter. It’s not something with which I would have bothered without cpd23 and I have found it great for lessening my feelings of professional isolation.
I really am very, very part-time and Twitter allows me to get illuminating and encouraging, bite-sized doses of all things library. Perfick and all the more so for being a quite un-expected pleasure.
Thing 20: The Library Routes Project
I love the way that many people ‘fall upon’ librarianship. I love the way that I have worked with people who have had other lives and jobs before coming into this profession. I have been privileged to work among for example: A former Category A Prison Officer, a former nurse, a couple of former teachers and I think 3 people previously employed by the BBC. The life skills and the wealth of out-of-librarianship experience that this brings to the profession is invaluable and it makes for a fabulously rich working environment.
If you’re interested in my particular journey, I have added both my roots and my routes posts to the second table, about 3 or 4 from the bottom as of today.