Saturday, March 10, 2018

Alternative Careers in Librarianship Webinar

As mentioned briefly before I am participant in an upcoming webinar for SLA (see official blurb below) about alternative careers in librarianship. This is a topic I am particularly passionate about as I firmly believe in “Big Tent” librarianship is the future of the profession as the we humans create more about data our skillset is ever more relevant.

If anyone had any questions please comment below or send me a note via Twitter (georgedpr) or you can email me at george (at) georgedpr (dot) com.

Official Release: The SLA Illinois Chapter and Upstate New York Chapter, in conjunction with the Students and New Professionals Advisory Council and SLA staff, are proud to present Not Your Everyday Career Advice: Alternate Careers in the Library and Information Field.

The webinar is hosted by Rachael Altman and Jill Wilson, and features a dynamic and experienced panel of LIS professionals: Jamal Fisher, Deb Hunt, Ted Slate, Rachel Cole, and George Peckham-Rooney.

Join us and listen to our panellists speak about their career trajectory, give real advice, and share stories about what worked for them. Come away with a newfound appreciation for the highly adaptable and transferable skills we all possess.

Who should attend? This webinar is for anyone and everyone—no matter where you are in your career!

Please join us on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 2:30 pm ET.

Monday, March 5, 2018

SEEDs Conference 2018

Last week it was my great pleasure to attend the latest SEEDs Conference(Southeast Educational Data Symposium) on behalf of MPOW. There was some fantastic speakers/panels on educational analytics technology, the state of higher education, and building business intelligence communities. Though I wanted to mention two speakers where the topics pertained specifically to librarians and librarianship writ-large.

The first I wanted to mention was the session from Bertha Adeniji* (The Adoption of Learning Analytics in Higher Education), which used bibliometrics to look at the research around learning analytics and its adoption in higher education. It was fascinating to see how young the fields is with the research really beginning around 2011 and still seemed in its infancy 2018. In an age of “big data” in many ways it seems like we are just beginning to look at how data can be used hack learning. (Also, the librarian in me loves bibliometrics.)

The second session that really grabbed my attention was the closing keynote by Dr. George Siemens** entitled Directions in Learning Analytics, which covered the past, current state and potential future for the field. Part of the presentation looked at the changing economic landscape and the need for workers to retrain to enter new fields, which would be accomplished not by getting a new degree, but by a micro program that accumulated all their prior knowledge alongside their new skillset. Dr. Siemens mentioned that we will move more toward life long learning and accrediting locally (maybe thru online badges). It made me think about libraries and librarianship again as in this burgeoning world there would need to be resources for those life long learners to build their knowledge and libraries have traditionally be part of this paradigm. If learners have to return to continue to build their skillsets they are going to need a guide a librarian could be that guide.

*A Phd student at the Palmer School of Library Information Science at Long Island University CW Post

**Dr. George Siemans, the founding president of the Society for Learning Analytics Research (