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Try a little kindness

My niece is one of the girls who organised the following:

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It was lovely to see the picture and story featured on the Little Athletics Victoria Facebook site too. I’m sure all of the girls enjoyed reading the supportive comments.

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I was sorry to miss this wonderful event due to study commitments.

The Librarians

Thanks to Kim Yeomans who forwarded me the link to this trailer for the new US television series of The Librarians. This fits nicely with aspects of my research which includes the role and image of librarians in popular culture.

 

The benefits of failure

For some reason, I only came across the 2008 Harvard Commencement Speech by J.K. Rowling a short time ago. While watching it yesterday (I had read the transcript earlier this year, but had not watched the video until yesterday) I found many ideas resonated with me and with my educational philosophy. Lately as a profession, we have been promoting the idea that failure is okay and even worthwhile. J.K. Rowling builds on this idea explaining that failure actually enabled her to write the Harry Potter stories and become the successful person she is today. If you haven’t seen the video, I encourage you to view it. It’s 20 minutes well spent.

Recently The Age published an article entitled Technology pushes teacher student relationships into new territory. It was an interesting read, but didn’t go far enough in my opinion. The quote from Andrew Douch saying

Everybody’s got access to the Library of Alexandria at their fingertips. We can take the conversation up a whole other level,” he said. “Students will be able to supply better and more recent answers than the teacher can, which is exciting and threatening maybe for some teachers.

is true. However, what was not mentioned in the article is the need for students (and teachers) to verify the validity of the information at their fingertips. This is what librarians did (and still do) when selecting books to be placed in the library collection. Librarians also do this when curating and developing Libguides, YouTube playlists or other resources that point to valid information online. This video from QUT Library helps show students how to validate what’s available online.

 

The Hollywood librarian

While doing some research, I came across the trailer for this film on YouTube.

Fortunately my local library has a copy. Should be interesting to see lots of examples as to how librarians are portrayed by Hollywood (not well, I am thinking.)

That was one of the points that leapt out at me when watching this video on libraries making scholarly books freely available to anyone.

The university where I am currently studying is a part of this wonderful project. What a great idea.

Exciting news

As from Monday, I’ll be a full-time student once more. I’m beginning with a Master of Education (Research) and then (hopefully) moving on to a Doctor of Philosophy. Even though I have completed a Master of Applied Science and a Master of Arts, as both degrees were via coursework, I need to complete the Master of Education before admission to the PhD.

I’ll be studying through QUT and I’ll be looking at libraries and literacy and I’m very excited.

Shy by Sian Prior

If you are a shy person or teach students who you think may be shy, then this memoir by Sian Prior is a great resource.

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Although a memoir, Prior has done a lot of research and aligns some of her more difficult life experiences with the research and advice from experts. It will give you a greater insight into why some experiences are more difficult and stressful for some students. If you are a shy person, then it will give you a better understanding of yourself.

Click on the book for how/where to purchase.

Landfill Harmonic

Sir Ken Robinson shared this video during his keynote at EduTECH 2014. I dare you not to be moved and amazed… Please consider sharing with your staff and students.

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