Honestly, this week’s class I was really feeling the end of the semester burn-out slump. Just as Kristin said in class, there is that one day where everyone is just showing it all and for me, it really was this day. Still I think there are a lot of important concepts to keep in mind that came up throughout today’s discussion.
First, I am excited to learn how to use at least one kind of webinar software. This class will actually be my first experience with webinars – from viewing them to participating in them. The webinar I viewed for class was somewhat interesting – though I honestly tuned in and out of it and kept going back to see if I missed anything important. This may or may not have had to do with the fact that I was watching an archived webinar, or if the topic just wasn’t enough to hold my attention – or my expectations.
I think this is also something that is in a way the most terrifying – because when you’re in a room with people you can read it and really get a sense of how things are going. Also, if you know your subject well enough, you can decide which parts you need to skip, cover, return to based on the room. A webinar has some of that functionality built in through the chat functions – but I wonder how much easier it is to lose control of the room in this situation. For example, the comment of “if you have a chance to talk to this famous person, you’re going to do so no matter what is happening” struck me as truth for many people, but I also had a moment of “but that’s rude!” in my thinking. If everyone was sitting face to face it would be extremely apparent that you are having a conversation while the speaker is presenting – and that would also be considered extremely rude.
Perhaps this is where my lack of expertise/knowledge in webinars is showing itself. I think the chat functionality will had a lot of rich contexts to the webinars and allows for more learning from more people, so I don’t suggest getting rid of it. I will just have to start attending more webinars to see it in “real life” and get a sense of it’s full range sof uses.
The discussion on embedded librarianship was also interesting. I don’t think I realized how many ways librarians can actually show this to their patrons. It seems like it works in certain situations and not in others – so I’m wondering if that is just the nature of libraries (what works in one doesn’t always take in another b/c of community involvement or whatever) or if there are other ways to have embedded librarians that nobody has thought of yet or tried yet. I am still trying to think of where I have seen or experienced embedded librarians and can’t seem to pinpoint anything at the moment. The thing I come up with most is the music library at my undergrad was in the music school building and both librarians desks were right on the first floor – completely open to the library itself – no cubicles or anything. Literally 2 desks next to the circulation desk, but everything was the same height so you could see everyone. Anyway, interesting to try to start noticing if/when I’m around it.