This course has been a pivotal learning experience for me as I transition beyond SLIS to the tricky business of finding a library job. I can’t believe this is the last discussion post I will ever write! So, in many ways this final post feels like it should weigh more, hold more, and somehow encapsulate the myriad learning adventures I’ve enjoyed during this journey-towards-a-librarian-life (insert image of winged librarian crusader exploring the interstellar galaxies).
Naturally, it will hold only what it will, and for now, that is the boundless, vast field of possibility. This field is a matrix of intersecting polygonal wires connecting every thing to thing. Learning, all the while as Professor Stephens says “everywhere”, as we meet each opportunity for learning with an open heart and resourceful mind to catch what we will and share with our communities of practice.
While I spent the former half of this program disillusioned by the “loss” of traditional libraries and book culture, and vehemently set out to advocate for the vitality of traditional resources, I no longer feel so DOOMED. While I remain committed to books and their robust capabilities, what I’ve discovered is that it is more important to evaluate each potential resource tool in terms of its usefulness for stakeholder and patron needs. This awareness has buoyed me, opened me up to the many, many available resource tools to share with learners, and through all of it: the imperative of play.
This class has catalyzed new ways, new methods, and new tools for me to fight the library fight, and has truly worn that groove of library love ever so ardently on my person. I feel more committed than ever to a life in libraries and the ever-evolving organism in all its shapes. The pursuit of discovery, of new experiences and a lifetime devoted to learning will always be the focus of libraries; though, the vessel will change as we have also learned in this class.
Concepts like transformative learning, Booth’s USER method, and Jenkins’ connected learning have been rockets for me*, and I am truly grateful for the chance to glean new possibilities for libraries on this learning enterprise.
Booth, C. (2011) Reflective Teaching, Effective Learning. Chapter 1, 2, 3.
Jenkins, H. (2012). Connected Learning: “Reimagining the Experience of Education in the Information Age” at http://henryjenkins.org/2012/03/connected_learning_a_new_parad.html
Mezirow, J. (1997), Transformative Learning: Theory to Practice. New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education. Retrieved from http://www.ecolas.eu/content/images/Mezirow%20Transformative%20Learning.pdf
Stephens, M. (2012) Learning Everywhere at http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2012/04/opinion/michael-stephens/learning-everywhere-office-hours/
*stickin with the interstellar theme here