Last week in Class, we talked all about Webinars and the upcoming assignment. It was interesting to hear about people’s bad experiences with webinars. There were some that didn’t have pictures, some that seemed jumbled, and some that seemed the only purpose was to sell a book. I found this surprising – I always imagined people who did webinars were super professional and everything always went right, and that they were hear to teach about something or encourage professional development. But there’s many different forms of webinars and not all of them are good, interesting, or seem like they ever needed to exist in the first place.
As we learned from Kristin this night in class, so many things can go wrong and you kind of just have to roll with the punches. It’s interesting because as someone who is generally uncomfortable speaking in front of groups, doing a webinar is much preferable for me and even if things go wrong, it would be easier for me to cope with than things “going wrong” in an in-person setting. Nobody can see the panic on my face. Everything is fine.
But also there’s so many steps that you have to take into consideration when using technology. Make sure you have access to internet/an outlet. Make sure you are in a location where you will be heard clearly. Make sure your slides are going to match up with what your saying (this is obviously applicable to in-person too, but you’re really relying on slides as your only visual aid so it seems extra important). Log on 30 minutes before hand to make sure the software feels like working that day – if not, you need to have some alternative available.
Even with all of this extra crap you have to think about that you wouldn’t necessarily need to think about in person, I feel more prepared to improvise from the other side of a screen.
I don’t necessarily feel like I have developed my “specialty” area yet, and I am also extremely undecided if I want to be an academic library or transition over to public libraries. I am mostly just excited to figure that out as I go along.
With that said, I tried to find different types of librarians and archivists who have perspectives in something that peaks my interest.
Matt Imrie, Teen Librarian:
Meg Metcalf: Feminist Librarian
Chris Bourg, Non-Neutral Librarian
Christian Lauersen, Non-Neutral Librarian
For my last one, I was interested in finding a librarian who utilizes Snapchat professionally. I ended up finding this padlet site for librarians with snapchat: https://padlet.com/shannonmmiller/snapchatlibrarians
And I explored a few of the people there. ]
I’m posting about Paige Alfonzo, just because she also happened to be the creator of another web page I found when I was searching for Snapchat librarians: