Part C: Professional development activities

The following reflections are based on professional development activities I participated in during my course of study.  Please click on the title link of each activity to go to the reflection. Each link will open in  a new window/tab so you will not need to navigate back to this page.

1. Professional development events

18 May, 2016: Digital Skills for Older Adults: Teaching Technology in Public Libraries

This 1-hour webinar was produced by TechSoup for Libraries, a non-profit organisation that provides technology, resources and support to libraries and non-profit organisations.  Guest speakers include Steve Black, from TechBoomers, a free website that offers website and app tutorials directed at older people; and Kathy Faubion, from St Mary’s County Library, who provides tips and program ideas for teaching technology to older adults.  Read my reflection for a more detailed discussion.

26 August, 2016:  Problem-based learning in the digital space: How gamification can maximise engagement with digital literacies.

This 1-hour webinar was produced by Digital Literacies ANZ, a community of practice for professionals across Australia and New Zealand to share, learn and have ongoing conversations about digital literacies.  Digital Literacies ANZ explores the skills and abilities required in a digital world, and how digital literacies can be improved in organisations and communities.  This webinar was presented by Eng Ung, Senior Coordinator Digital Experience, LaTrobe University Library; and in it she discusses the game she developed to help orient new students to the physical space of the library.  Read my reflection for a more detailed discussion.

26 September, 2016 Digital literacies in professional practice – continuing development

This 1-hour webinar was presented by Jane Cowell, Director of Engagement and Partnership, State Library of Queensland, and produced by Digital Literacies ANZ, a community of practice for professionals across Australia and New Zealand to share, learn and have ongoing conversations about digital literacies.  Cowell calls for librarians to become “digital thinkers” and adopt digital literacy as a mindset.  Read my reflection for a more detailed discussion.

17 November, 2016: Learning to Code: The role of Communities of Practice to support Digital Literacies

This webinar was produced by Digital Literacies ANZ, a community of practice for professionals across Australia and New Zealand to share, learn and have ongoing conversations about digital literacies.  Matthew Davis, from the University of Sydney Library, discusses his experience of creating a community of practice in the form of a coding club for staff in his library; and the lessons learned. Read my reflection for a more detailed discussion.

14 February, 2017 – 6 March, 2017: Mature Matrix: Library Services for Seniors

This 3-week course was offered by ALIA in partnership with Sydney TAFE.  It was provided completely online, through Moodle.  The course aimed to help participants understand the characteristics and needs of older people, the services that are available to them in the community, and how to develop and implement targeted library programs, services and collections for older people.  The course was aimed at people working in public libraries.  Read my reflection for a more detailed discussion of the course.


2. Other professional development activities 

Reflection on IFN611 Information Retrieval

I completed IFN611 – Information Retrieval in the first semester of my course.  I really enjoyed it, and considered that the course equipped me with core skills for my future role as a librarian.  Read my reflection for a discussion of my experience of the course and what I learned.

Reflection on a journal article: Nonaka’s theory of knowledge management

In this reflection, I discuss Nonaka’s (1991) theory of knowledge management, and Gourlay’s (2006) more recent critique of the theory.  I also reflect on the impact of Nonaka’s theory on my understanding of my role as a supervisor of speech pathology students.


3. LIS professional media monitoring 

Reflection on NLS8 Blog media monitoring

I chose to follow and monitor the NLS8 Blog for 3 months to meet the professional media monitoring requirement.  NLS8 is the 8th New Librarians’ Symposium, being held on June 23-25, 2017, at the National Library of Australia, Canberra. The New Librarians’ Symposium is a 3-day event held every 2 years, hosted by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA).  Read my reflection for a more detailed discussion.


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