With the new year, I wanted to refocus this blog on my areas of specialty. When I started library school, I wrote about everything, as I narrowed down my interests to technology and information literacy, I wrote about everything in those areas. As I approach graduation, I realize that I am specializing, and want to give focus to this blog so that it isn’t so overwhelming. (& also so that I can trim my blogroll!)
I finally added a cover to my ePortfolio. You can see it here. Here is the text (with a few added hyperlinks):
I will graduate with my MLIS degree in May 2007. My coursework has focused on instruction; my hobbies include emerging technologies; my professional involvement has focused on adapting for the newest generation of users; and my intellectual interests center on the social nature of knowledge. These areas have become guiding principles for my participation in librarianship and information studies.
I believe that information will continue to grow and become more accessible. Due to the information environmentâ€™s rapid growth, we need to teach students how to navigate their media landscape, find information, and critique the information that they discover.
I believe that technology changes from cutting-edge to part-of-life over time. We must understand emerging technology so that our students and faculty can have an environment where they can play, experiment, ask questions, and stay current.
I believe that we must know local demographics. We must understand both users and non-users in our community. Knowing our populationâ€™s information seeking behaviors, learning styles, and motivation for learning and research helps us offer better services.
Finally, I believe that the information environment is social. People produce works of knowledge; librarians classify information; computer scientists write search algorithms. We must understand social influences on research, knowledge production, and information seeking behavior in order to understand how to build collections, work with faculty, and teach students.
It excites me to participate in a field that wrestles with so many large issues in information studies. I hope to find a professional position in which I can best use my knowledge of instruction, technology, demographics, and the social nature of information to further the institutionâ€™s mission.
This website is my portfolio from the MLIS program at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. Here, you will find my curriculum vitae, coursework, and projects. The sidebar contains links to information within this site, and the links at the top of the page connect you to my other online content. Please contact me if you have any questions or comments.