I know that feeling of having too few 'hooks' into new information too
be able to integrate it into what I already know. And I also agree
about face-to-face encounters being by far the best way to do it. I do
a fair number of webinars, and for me as an extrovert, I find they don't
give me the feedback that I need from an audience--but they are cheaper
to fund, and a lot of organizations are jumping on that bandwagon. It's
better than nuttin' as we used to say, but far from ideal.
Frankly, I would love to see something organized as you suggest below,
but as an independent consultant without the organizational backing to
pull off something like that, I'm not the person who could do that
organizing. I'm also not a member of ALISE at the moment, though I've
been on the educat list for some time and as a sometime teacher I follow
the conversations with great interest (and occasionally jump in, as
you've noted). I'd be more than happy to work with an ALISE group to
set up something like this, and I know Karen would be interested in
participating as well. She's often talked about her desire to get
beyond the '101' level with interested groups and to figure out how to
be more effective in talking about this stuff. I think the kind of
event you talk about, with experienced educators, would be ideal for that.
And again, follow-up activities, in particular sharing of materials,
would be really critical to getting this information into classrooms.
On 4/27/11 5:01 PM, Janet Hill wrote:
> Diane Hillman said: I don't know whether you've read Karen Coyle's two issues of the ALA
> TechSource reports, but they're a very good start on learning about this
> stuff. Karen and I have been talking about doing some webinar training
> (or f2f) of librarians on some of these issues, and as I'm writing this
> I'm thinking we ought to consider starting with teachers. Any comments?
> I respond:
> Whenever I hear Diane Hillman and/or Karen Coyle talk about the upcoming evolution/revolution it all seems so clear and desirable ..... for the moment. When I try to rephrase, report, or relive those comments and the revelations and enthusiasm they engendered, however, I can't quite manage it. That is, I am far from convincing.
> Reading papers about it, be they never so well written, doesn't have the same impact as face to face encounters. Seeing/hearing about it through a webinar doesn't either. And so, Diane, I would strongly recommend pursuing education/discussion/information/persuasion/exploration (not "training") in a face to face context, perhaps supplemented as a follow-up with periodic web-based discussions/presentations.
> Perhaps a "retreat" coupled with an ALISE meeting?
> Janet Swan Hill, Professor
> Associate Director for Technical Services
> University of Colorado Libraries, CB184
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