Last week’s class was interesting – I enjoyed getting into smaller groups to discuss the ALA Ethics with current marketing strategies and other dilemmas libraries are facing, and maybe more will face in the future. I was intrigued by all the different ideas our group had around putting ads on the back of check-out slips at public libraries. Although my initial gut reaction was much like Sam’s, go ahead whatever, I don’t look at them anyway, there was still something not quite right about it either. I still don’t know if that’s because it violates some moral or ethical dilemma or if it’s just, that hasn’t happened yet – you can’t change things!, type of thinking.
I’m interested to see everybody’s one-shot workshops. Looking through the list of topics, I kind of wish it was like a conference and you could choose to sit in on whatever workshop you want – although there is the risk of nobody going to one. I understand completely having set groups for these types of things – it’s just there are so many interesting things going on. My partner and I were just talking today that it is nice having a partner to go through the steps with this first time but I think it will be much harder when we do it “for real”. Hopefully wherever we work will have mentors and plenty of observation time, but there is nothing like going out and doing it on your own for the first time.
One of the hardest parts to get used to, for me anyway, will probably be not being able to take as much time to learn where learners are. For example, in a classroom you can learn on day 1 that Joe and Sue are reading for the next things but Adam and Jenny need some more guidance. Since it’s a classroom, you have until the next day to change up what you were going to do based on your classes needs. In these, you have to figure that out quickly, which is the easy part, and then figure out how to engage all of those learners and ensure they learn something from the workshop – especially when you have no idea if they will come back again – or if you will offer a workshop that meets their needs again. Practice will help, I’m sure. Hopefully tomorrow goes well!