Professional Learning Resources
ALA Connect and American Libraries Magazineconnect.ala.org/home
I have been following these discussions and publications through email throughout the pandemic to gauge what other libraries (academic and otherwise) as COVID-19 shut everything down. Long after the virus is gone, I know their online resources and articles will be helpful as I complete my degree and begin my career.
APA Style Guides
APA style guide at Purdue OWL: owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_style_introduction.html
College & Research Libraries News
Creating inclusive communications
More than ever, anyone publishing any kind of writing needs to pay attention to how their writing considers gender, sexuality, race, accessibility and inclusivity. The Conscious Style Guide has collected articles that discuss writing in terms of both content and grammar on subjects like gender, age, religion and spirituality, and much more. And SpringShare, the company behind LibAnswers, posted some advice in July about how to create inclusive research guides. They are both excellent tools to use when creating communications that should be inclusive of all of our patrons, without dismissing the needs or situations of any particular group.
Federal Agencies Digital Guidelines Initiativewww.digitizationguidelines.gov
One of the things confirmed by both of my classes in the summer of 2020 was that any project starts with a good deal of pre-planning. Should I ever be in the position to develop a digital project or collection, I'll want to refer to the guidelines here as I draft my proposal and project outline.
As in many fields, content created by experts and fellow practitioners of library science is wide spread and difficult to follow across many platforms. I learned about Feedly in my class on the Hyperlinked Library, and it's a great way to follow a variety of blogs and publications in order to see what has been posted lately. While the above screen grab reflects that we are using the website to stay up-to-date on what our classmates have written, I will be using this to follow such sites as In the Library With the Lead Pipe and Mr. Library Dude to hear what's being said outside the traditional scholarly journals.
I learned to work in GitHub in preparation for supporting our Digital Humanities librarian during a week-long (virtual) conference offered in August 2020. The above screen grab links to the resume I created on GitHub.
A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, by the Project Management Institutewww.pmi.org/pmbok-guide-standards
My project management class relied heavily on the standards set by the Project Management Institute, or PMI, in its Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, often referred to as the PMBOK. As I continue to manage projects both large and small, in graduate school and beyond, I'll be using the tools and guidelines set forth here, and will need to refer to it from time to time for ideas or templates.
Information literacy through diverse resources: Black Freedom Struggle
I used this open source software to create a digital library for INFO 5740, linked to above from the image of my homepage. While the limitations of the free version informed some of my decision making, the software as a whole was easy to use, and I could see the benefits of using the software to create digital collections in the future.
Teaching research skills, information literacy and the framework for IL
The information search process (Kuhlthau): wp.comminfo.rutgers.edu/ckuhlthau/information-search-process
Synthesizing resources (from the Purdue Online Writing Lab):
While I have worked in WordPress for more than 10 years as a content manager, I was able to explore how librarians might use it in our sphere through my INFO 5960 seminar that was actually through San Jose State University. Professor Michael Stephens encourages learning about technology through exploration, and our class wrote blog posts throughout the term as we pondered various topics about the hyperlinked library and community. While the blog is wiped at the end of every semester, I recreated my posts at my personal website (after getting inspired to change up my site design after we did the same for the class).