- Using technology to make information accessible which also relates to information being a social commodity
- Use library science techniques to make information easy to discover
- Providing access to cultural heritage materials at no cost to end users
- Promoting information literacy and digital preservation in rural communities
Today I had to turn in my first assignment for my metadata class. This is a brand new class that has not been taught before in our department by a second semester faculty member (he’s got years of experience elsewhere, but he’s new here). I was wary to take it for these reasons, but was excited to finally get a chance to learn about XML.
Unfortunately, XML continues to elude me. I have a book sitting on my desk (Using XML: a how-to-do manual for librarians) which is very clear and precise, but it was of no help for this assignment. For instance, I needed to write a XML document using Dublin Core. I spent a few hours hacking away at it, trying to get it to validate. I used that book, the XML tutorial my professor produced, Googled help, and looked at the tutorial from last semester’s Digital Libraries class. I finally got it to pass successfully but I have zero idea why it’s working or what I did to produce that result.
Right now I’m feeling pretty dispirited about my chances of learning XML successfully. I understand the following points:
- Great for interoperability
- No one (at least librarians) writes in straight up XML. You have software that does it for you
How does this relate to anything else? I have no idea.
I did not plan to work on my capstone portfolio all day. So far, I’ve been kinda moseying along and sorta looking at WordPress themes every now and then. However, this morning I started looking and found the Viewport theme. I’ve spent a lot of time tweaking it to suit my purposes. Some changes include:
- Changed the background color.
- Changed the blog title’s color and link colors.
- Made sure that only posts from the “Capstone” category can be posted on the front page slider.
- Removed the comment and post metadata sections.
- I’ve been working on making a “page of posts” PHP template.
Some links that were helpful in my work:
The best part was when I was copying my Collection Management wiki over (Materials to Build a Library Website), I realized that thanks to Twitter and other social media tools, I’ve actually had conversations with the authors of several of my resources!
As such, suddenly everything fell into place, these past two years and I realize that I am right where I want to be.
I’ve been trying to make my way through the required Metadata textbook but I’ve come to a few conclusions:
- Metadata needs to be experienced. Reading about it cannot illustrate the principles to you.
- The descriptions in the book are simply overwhelming. Too technical and too simplified at the same time. I.e. they throw around jargon with a vague introduction about what it means, then carry on discussing more jargon words.
- How do I put together a schema? Where is my Visual QuickStart Guide on this?
- I’m coming around to the idea that I cannot possibly begin to understand everything I need to even START to become a successful digital librarian without a more hands-on guided approach. Then again, who has the time to train me for this needed intensive training?
It all leaves me feeling slightly off-balance. I’m in a professional school seeking a professional degree. What does a professional degree even mean? To me, it meant getting the polishings to join a profession above a “grunt-level” seventeen year old who is doing this instead of babysitting or cashiering for pocket change. Instead, I’m feeling that there is more out there that I need to know than I can possibly learn in this two year program. Would staying another year help? I doubt it.
I’m applying for two more “library fellows/residency” programs this week. While I have hopes all over the board with the strongest being that I’ll have somewhere lined up to go once May 7th hits, I still feel an overwhelming urge that a two year residency program would be the next best step.
This was my first time presenting in Elluminate thus all the verbal fillers of “um” and “uh.” My apologizes in advance.
The class was “Digital Libraries” at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with Dr. Nora Bird presiding. The main goal of the project was to digitize 20 physical objects and I choose my collection of 18 sketchbooks and 3 notebooks. I am trying to build a digital library in Drupal which has been challenging.
The slides can be downloaded from here.
I was reminded by a friend and my protégée of this photo’s existence:
We had to present our projects in Elluminate which was a technical nightmare. When it was my turn, I got creeped out by the sensation of talking to an empty room which in-turn led to lots of verbal fillers like “uh…” I’m ashamed of that since it was forced out of me when I took public speaking in high school. My boyfriend told me that I settled in when I started talking about Drupal though which is a relief! However, I’m not looking forward to watching the recording later…
I got an A on this paper.
The paper begins with my first exposure to the term “cloud computing” and how an undergrad teacher ridiculed me that it would ever be “a thing.” I then discuss some articles about how cloud computing can be used in a library. Finally, I wrap up about my proposal to have our own cloud server in my library school department.
I believe this paper has taken me about 24 hours to write with all the researcher included. I can’t believe it’s only fourteen pages in length! When I went back to edit it, I ended up adding two extra pages thanks to elaborating on what I had meant by including a quotation. The next thing is to create a poster using foam board and present that on Tuesday!
Admittingly, I have no stakes involved with either one of these programs. However, I do see my classmates on Meebo all the time in class.