I was tagged by Marianne Lenox to participate in the Passion Quilt Meme, so here’s my contribution:
In case you don’t know this about me, I’m a huge big-picture person. On the “real” Myers Briggs Type Indicator, I score off the charts on the “Intuitive” scale. Give me the big picture, then let me fit all the details into place. This can, unfortunately, make me more of a theory person than a practical one at times. Though I happen to like this quality.
I choose systems thinking for this project because I think we can often improve our situation by looking at the big picture. We can make our library service better if we examine the entire world of research possibilities (online and off) that our community uses. We can ensure we’re relevant if we understand what is going on in the world of user generated content, technology use, contemporary media, business, etc. We can forecast trends in the field if we understand our past and the bigger picture of the role libraries play in society. We can also make sure that our library is doing the best it can do for the community by understanding the local county, school, university, and/or business that the library serves.
Taking a step back, and looking at all parts of the system, we put ourselves in a better position to take action. Time spent doing that gives us a better chance of taking actions that are positive and have lasting effects. This is why systems thinking is a quality that I am passionate about, and why I’m adding it to this quilt.
I figure if I’ve been tagged, maybe everyone has! But in case you haven’t, consider yourself tagged!
The rules are simple:
1. Think about what you are passionate about teaching your students.
2. Post a picture from a source like FlickrCC or Flickr Creative Commons or make/take your own that captures what YOU are most passionate about for kids to learn about…and give your picture a short title.
3. Title your blog post “Meme: Passion Quilt” and link back to this blog entry.