Library Issues

Librarians go Bowling

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Last night we finally got a bit of a break from the insane pace of Immersion when most of us took the opportunity to head to Milky Way Bowling and try our hand at a little candlepin bowling. Free drinks, free food, and a bit of physical activity, and we were almost ready for today.

Today = re-writing our pre-Immersion assignment with all the tools and tricks we’ve learned over the last 3 days. What was a 4 page document is probably going to be 10 or more by the time I’m done with the damn thing, and working thru all the new concepts and strategies is almost overwhelming. It’s going to take months to digest all the stuff we’ve done.

The best part of the experience? By far it’s meeting people like those in the pics above…I’ve learned a lot in 4 days, but I think I’ll be learning from these guys for the rest of my career.

Digital Culture

Learning Styles

Ethan with Kolb A great deal of today was spent trying to wrap our heads around Kolb’s Learning Styles inventory, developing lessons that incorporated as many of the styles as possible, and examining our own preferences in instructional design with Kolb as a lense. Rewarding, but difficult stuff to work through.

We also had the pleasure of having Randy discuss our primary instructional tool: ourselves. We looked at voice, body, and attitude as it relates to the instructional arena. Again, incredibly rewarding stuff, and things that definitely aren’t taught during the MLS. I’m learning about 2-3 things every day that will directly influence my instruction at UTC…which, I suppose, is the point, after all.

Tonight = mock instruction, with the real thing tomorrow.

Digital Culture

I am wholly innocent of such wickedness


The day before we began Immersion, I was able to do a tour of Boston that had been arrange by ACRL. We saw a ton of Boston, including the Old North Church and Boston Commons. We also drove over the Salem and saw the House of Seven Gables and the cemetary where the Salem Witches are buried…the picture is of the memorial to these innocents who were killed by a fanatical populace.

My Immersion photos are here, and more photos are being added by other participants using the acrlimmersion2006 tag.

Today was day one of Immersion, and there’s far more than I can possible write. Plus, I should be doing my homework. So I’m off to that. More Immersion talk tomorrow.