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.
My 631 Emerging Technologies assignment was to narrow down the field of ILS to a few that might be useful in the library category that I choose. I selected OCLC’s WorldCat Local, LibLime’s Koha, and Serials Solutions’ Summon/AquaBrowser.
Admittingly, I’m not sure that my paper is worth anything seeing as how I doubt that simply reading about ILS is very useful. Hopefully we’ll get an opportunity in this course to somehow get hands-on experience with different ILSes. When I scribed for the Charlotte employers’ focus group in the Spring, one of the biggest complaints that graduates of my program didn’t know anything about ILSes. Unless this course does more hands-on demonstrations, I suspect that this might continue to be true.
Now off to watch The Addam’s Family movie.
This week’s assignment was to make a resources pathfinder for a class in a certain subject. I addressed the needs of a parent looking for animal science materials for their kindergarten student. I have censored out parts of the assignment to protect the identity of the school.
I’m now down to 3 school projects.
Done! You can read it here with its’ 62 resources.
It’s fifteen pages and double spaced. From what I read on Facebook, most people were also having trouble writing it.
This took 18 pages! 18 pages! to create a one year integrated curriculum map between 11th grade U.S. History and Information Skills standard courses of study in North Carolina.
Under Dr. William Kealy’s tutelage this semester, I had to tackle six projects. The final project is a tables-based website for an imaginary company, The Godaisies Foundation that teaches work safety skills. The website can be visited here from Dr. Kealy’s website.
Situated in the piedmont region of North Carolina, the Greensboro Public Library (GPL) system hosts a central library and six satellite libraries to serve Guildford County. These seven libraries support a diverse community of 242,817 with 12.4% of residents speaking a language other than English at home (U.S. Census Bureau, 2009). The Glenwood Library branch located at 1901 W. Florida Street was established as the depository for the majority of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and foreign language materials held by the GPL. Since multiculturalism is among the forefront of current issues, we have questioned whether the GPL’s decision to host nearly all the multicultural materials in one particular library branch was an appropriate move for the Greensboro community. With the traditional user group of the library changing, libraries must adapt to the needs of these new demographics.
This is the paper my partner and I wrote for our Action Research Project. If you’d like to read it, please access it here.
Reading Body Language powerpoint project with a 1940s detective vibe to it. An assignment for class w/no references per educator’s instructions.