Change is not safe

I get it. Change is scary. It takes you outside of your safe bubble of normalcy.

Perhaps the older you get, the more you worry about how change is going to affect you. We talk a lot in libraries about how our role is changing, about resistance to change and how we need to embrace all the changes we’re going to face in the future. Just because it’s how we’ve always done things, doesn’t mean we have the privilege of blindly clinging to old ways and old ideas. We also talk a lot in libraries about lifelong learning. Which is not only acquiring new skills but also gaining new insights and knowledge which can lead us to new understandings. So instead of hiding behind statements like “but this is how I’ve always thought of marriage” and “but we’ve always celebrated Australia Day on 26 January”*, now is the time to consider some other points of view and to accept that change is inevitable and it’s coming. Flexibility and critical thinking are traits that we need to cultivate as a profession, as responsible adults and as a country. 

(* Australia Day has only been consistently celebrated as a public holiday on this date since 1994, the Big Day Out is older)

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Posted by on September 8, 2017 in Uncategorized


Coming back around

It’s a wonder they don’t delete these blogs when they aren’t used for two years, but it looks like my account is still active. Well, here I am, still working in libraries, still trying to live a good life. Whether or not I actually have anything to say is debatable. However I guess this is a good a place as any to actually debate it. So here we go again.

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Posted by on September 8, 2017 in Uncategorized


Make The Web Work For You – Course Reflection

  • Look back over the course and record the key concepts and tools from each module that you felt were useful and relevant to you. Record how you applied relevant ideas and tools to your project

I think from the first module, searching out new blogs and looking at alternative ways to see updates from them was relevant for me. I found some blogs that were relevant to my project and found some useful information. From the second module, Google’s search tools and specialised search engines re-introduced me to some things I’d known previously but had forgotten about. I was then able to use some of the search tools to find a specific article that I was asked to find. Module 3 prompted me to reconsider how I evaluate information on the internet, and encouraged me to expand my professional networks. Module 4 introduced me to a number of citation tools which are good resources to recommend to students. It also made me think about my current workflows and where I’m not being particularly effective in my information gathering. I created a Diigo account for my project, collecting links to relevant pages. Module 5 prompted me to use Twitter more proactively as part of my PLN. With regards the presentation tools, I have used Animoto and Storybird before for a previous course, but I decided toe to try Glogster for my project.

  • Reflect on the ideas and tools you plan to apply in your day-to-day work

I am definitely going to use Twitter more for my PLN. I’d like to consider more the whole idea of digital citizenship, especially in how I contribute on the web. I’m also interested in exploring Diigo further, particularly the next time I have any kind of project to work on.

  • Think about how you feel about the web after completing the course. Has your attitude changed?

I don’t think my attitude has changed dramatically after completing this course. It has perhaps piqued my interest a little in some tools or perhaps made me think more about problems in my current workflows. I’m not sure yet if I’ve found the right tools to fix these problems, I think it’ll take a bit more thinking and testing. I am planning on developing my PLN and being more proactive with my blog but we’ll have to see how that develops as life gets in the way.



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Posted by on June 22, 2015 in Make The Web Work For You


Make The Web Work For You – Final Project Presentation

So my idea for my final project was to plan a (fictional) makerday for a library. I was reminded by Linda at SLV that I had not done a Lotus template document earlier in the course, so I realised that by filling out one of these I could organise and note down the ideas that had been swirling around in my head. It also helped me to clarify to myself a range of points comparing the different issues facing this kind of activity in a school library as opposed to a public library. Lotus template – makerday

Next I used a Diigo account to collect some links I found while doing my research.

Finally I used Glogster to create a poster for my school library Makerday. (don’t try showing up on the advertised day though, I’m afraid it’s not really happening…unless I start getting organised REALLY quickly!)

I found all these tools really useful in this project. As usually happens, reading about them didn’t necessarily instill a huge sense of excitement but once I actually started using them, their value became much more apparent. I think I’ll be continuing to use the Diigo account in the future for keeping track of interesting links.



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Posted by on June 22, 2015 in Make The Web Work For You


Make The Web Work For You – Project Plan Reflection (Module 5/Unit5)

  • How do you feel about different publishing platforms? How can you see yourself using them, particularly in relation to your project? Which of the two platforms (Facebook and Twitter) appeal to you most? How can you see yourself using them?

I do like to publish content on my blog, even if I don’t expect anyone to ever read it (apart from fellow course participants and maybe future employers). I like to use Facebook on a personal level but I can’t imagine taking the time and effort to set up a separate professional profile. I do have a few friends who work in libraries who do post relevant information and find this is enough for now. I currently have a Twitter account, which I occasionally use in a professional capacity, so I think of that and the blog as my professional face. In relation to my project, I’d possibly use Twitter to share my learnings if appropriate.

  • What do you think makes a good online citizen and how do we become one?

I think online citizenship shouldn’t be that different from the broader concept of citizenship in society. We need to protect ourselves and our community, be tolerant of others and their differences, treat others as we would wish to be treated, and endeavour to make our world a better place in any ways we can.

  • How do you feel about privacy and sharing ideas online after reading this module?

I think the concept of online privacy is an evolving one. Young people today have a very different idea of privacy than those of us who can remember a pre-internet time. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, they live in a different world than the one we grew up in. They will need to learn that there are consequences and dangers in their behavior online the same as everybody else has had to as they discover the internet. Particularly in an educational library setting but also in a public library it’s important to try to teach young people about privacy issues whenever the opportunity is there. In fact, in my experience in a public library setting it can also be older people who need to be educated. However, we can’t let a fear of sharing too much stop us from sharing our ideas and expertise online. The internet has become such a rich and rewarding place due to the input of a wide range of people and perhaps an onus of online citizenship should be to try to contribute where you can.

Document of the Project plan


Posted by on June 9, 2015 in Make The Web Work For You


Make The Web Work For You – Project next steps

My idea for my final project topic is to plan a (fictitional) Makerday for a library. The idea would be for a library (whether school or public library) which doesn’t currently have any kind of Makerspace, to present a range of activities to show the library customers (and possibly to convince management) of the possibilities of Makerspaces. So I’d like to plan and possibly timetable a range of activities which wouldn’t cost much and take into consideration staff use and supervision. I’m going to use Diigo to collect relevant links which I will find by doing research in search engines. So my next steps will be to research some activities which fit my criteria.


Posted by on May 29, 2015 in Make The Web Work For You


Make The Web Work For You – Workflow reflection

I check my work Twitter feed once a day during school recess. I have a personal (professional) Twitter account but I rarely use it as I find it too overwhelming, there’s always so much to read/look at when I do check it.

I usually check Facebook in the afternoon/evening when I have time and I get a lot of links/articles to read through there but if I don’t have the opportunity to read them there and then, I rarely would come back to them and only occasionally try to remind myself. I would usually send myself an email with any links I think I should read later, however these often sit in my inbox unread. I think that social bookmarking would definitely be a better way of storing these links but I am still unsure if I would ever come back to them at a later date.

I bookmark my most regularly used websites in my browser at work but usually have a few extra bookmarks that I don’t come back to.

At work I get some email digests of relevant articles, and I try to find the time during the day to get through these. I find that I don’t have a lot of extra time to be checking for new information online so I like getting email digests so that I can filter out what’s interesting, and I prefer things delivered to me rather than having to remember to check things. When I need to remember to do something at a particular time, I set up calendar reminders to pop up with a message.

My husband regularly suggests that I get an iphone next time I upgrade my phone so that I can sync my calendar with his but I find that my home paper calendar is much more visually graspable, especially when dealing with the schedules of my two primary school children as well as my own. I also keep my work to-do list on paper at my desk as I don’t really need it to be mobile and I prefer it visually.

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Posted by on May 28, 2015 in Make The Web Work For You