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Adapting teaching skills & learning librarianship.

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Having finished the MLIS the decision to keep these skills active was urgent. I needed to showcase these skills outside the confines of an institution. Also I now had the opportunity to utilise my free time while searching for a full-time position.

As I had secured a part-time tutoring position within UCD I embarked on developing my skills in a different way to what I have envisioned. Furthermore  I had enrolled for the “Hyperlinked Library MOOC” from San Jose State University so the transition from a student of the School of Library and Information Studies to becoming a facilitator was a strange yet exciting process.

However this process change my perspective on many elements of librarianship. Becoming involved in a global learning tool really opened my mind to the diversity of society’s mind and informational needs.

Having finished both the teaching and the learning I have found myself seeking literature surrounding these elements. These articles documented how librarians showcase how they reach out to teachers and guide them alongside their students. Librarians together with the ambitions of the teacher can utilise both of their skills in order to harness their students self-efficacy.

There are many ways this can be achieved. After some research into school librarianship and how librarians can introduce their skills into the many Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)that are now available, I shall outline how I can build on my skills and bring them forward into my career of librarianship.

The starting point of my research began by merging two aspects of librarianship that being academic and school libraries. Here the core goals of a librarian is to facilitate the teacher and the student.

Here I began my search with librarian bloggers and to my delight I came across Buffy Hamilton’s post which illustrates “librarians as instructional designers” (Hamilton, 2013). According to Hamilton the key to building a partnership with teachers is to adopt the Principles of backward design as a springboard for the students and a template for the teacher in order to progress at each stage of the project. This allows to secures two fundamental components of teaching: Identifying Common goals & Cultivating trust (Hamilton, 2013).

Moving away from the framework of a classroom based teaching to a more open and independent approach to learning again involving librarians and teachers. This relatively new approach to online learning has only surfaced in the last 5 years (Chant, 2013) a definition has been given by EDUCAUSE Library (2013) stating a MOOC is simply “a model for delivering learning content online to any person who wants to take a course, with no limits on attendance”.

During the small time of teaching, my purpose was very clear in every activity and this purpose will stay with me throughout my career. This purpose is clearly mapped by Cantwell (2013) here she showcases how librarians can adapt their individual purposes in this emerging online learning environment. One finding within her research mirrors my personal purpose of librarianship, here she employs the idea of the role of a librarian as an information consultant as an individual who “cultivates active partnerships with students and scholars, collaborating on the design of meaningful learning experiences for students and providing relevant value-added information” (Frank, Raschke, Wood, Yang, pg.90, 2001).

Taking this purpose a step forward and marrying the above elements, however giving them the context of a public library, would the librarians strength of purpose be too ambitious? Cant (2013) gives many examples of how MOOCs have been introduced into a public library. Consider how certain programs that run throughout many libraries, now consider the way many elements of MOOCs can link readers and communities to other services within the library in person and virtually.

If libraries are adjusting their vision to incorporate the many elements of technology we as librarians have to keep abreast of the many new elements of learning guidelines. Taking Montiel-Overall & Grimes (2013) vision on 21st Century Learner Guidelines declaring that “librarians must be sure to target their information literacy instruction toward essential twenty-first century learning skills, to collaborate with members of the community and to implement inquiry-based learning approaches regarding the information search process”.

In conclusion, if my goals as a librarian are to cultivate the above ideas, until my time comes where I have the opportunity to establish these ideas in a working environment I shall keep searching for the best practises and examples to expand my self-efficacy.


B Hamilton. (2013, December 6).  Librarians as Instructional Designers: Strategies for engaging conversations for learning. [Blog post]. Retrieved from

Cantwell, L. (2013). “MOOL” in a MOOC: Opportunities for Librarianship in the Expanding Galaxy of Massive Open Online Course Design and Execution. Policy Studies Organisation, 2, 47-71.

Chant, I. (2013). Opening up/ Next steps for MOOCs and Librarians. Library Journal, 1-4. Retrieved from

EDUCAUSE Library. (2013). Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). Retrieved from

Montiel-Overall, P., & Grimes, K. (2012). Teachers and Librarians collaborating on inquiry-based science instruction: A longitudinal study. Library & Information Science Research, 35 (1), 41-53.



What Do You Aspire to in 2014

Hello and Happy New Year. Hoping that everyone had a good welcome to 2014. This is an open inquiry to visitors and members of this site: What are you looking for in this new year? What do you hope to do (or perhaps hope to do less of, or do differently); things you want to explore; professional goals; what would make 2014 a satisfying year for you? I will respond also in comments, but wanted to extend this outreach toward sharing a sense of intention or aspiration as we begin this new year together. Best of luck to all, may 2014 be a good year.

The “US” Book……and Being Private in Public

Came across two items this week:  an interesting proposal for Facebook alternative, and a journal article on bloggers’ sense of privacy.  

Thanks to for news on a possible Facebook alternative, the “US Book”:  Toward a family-friendly Facebook alternative to preserve your memories and help future historians–while respecting privacy


Being private in public: information disclosure behaviour of Israeli bloggers, Information Research, vol. 18 no. 4, December, 2013 

The paper  brought to mind the MOOC and discussions we had on comfort levels of staff when disclosing their personality through social media tools.  The research project “examined four different elements: self-disclosure patterns, the role that anonymity plays in the disclosure of information, the connection bloggers have with their readers and how the readers’ comments influence the bloggers’ information disclosure behaviour”.  

Here’s an excerpt from conclusions:

In summary, participants struggled with the dichotomy between the public and the private spheres in blogging that is based on the balance needed between the need for privacy and the need for community based on identification with others. The self-disclosure patterns revealed in this study demonstrate that blogs play an important role in the participants’ lives, by providing a venue for self-expression and by supporting the creation of a social network that offers rewards in social interaction.


UX and Community Engagement & Participation

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It’s funny how once you delve into a topic you start to see signs of it everywhere you look. I am fortunate to be the Library Coordinator of an organization that has creating a Native American Research Library as one of its many projects. In the past several weeks, the library project has become part of a proposed museum and research institute that is on its way to obtaining a provisional charter from NY State, and I have become a founding Trustee of the museum as well as the Acting Digital Library Director. Things are going to start moving fast and  I have been thinking a great deal about the user experience and Community Engagement & Participation. What will our digital space look like? design wise? content wise? Where to start and still leave room for the growth of the digital collection. What software to use? How does the digital research collection connect to the museum collection? How do we get our future patrons involved? So I have been researching. Following links here and there. Everywhere I look I see UX and Community Engagement & Participation  being discussed. These are some of my finds just today:



Boxes and Arrows


I went with my family and some friends to the Maker Faire in Queens, NY this past October and subscribed to Make: magazine while there. My first issue arrived in my mailbox today. It is full of thing to create. From 3D printed fashion to pole dancing robots to making a desktop foundry these projects encourage users to engage with technology and create new tools that allow the user to interact with their environment and each other.

My eldest daughter was home from college for Thanksgiving. She brought her roommate with her. Because I have been thinking so much about community engagement and participation I took advantage of them being here (they are gamers and future engineers) and spent sometime observing their digital engagement and participation. It amazed me how they had multiple environments open on their computers (Facebook, Skype, and a browser in one instance) and were connecting ideas from all three interfaces as they worked. While they game online they have a group chat going on in Skype; so not only are they playing the game together they are discussing game strategies and engaging in conversation with each other about common interests.

We need to figure out how to bring these types of interactions to our libraries in new and interesting ways. We saw the Idea Box in the MOOC coursework which exemplifies this. I think the trick will be to keep it evolving one step ahead so that we are constantly involving our users and keeping one step ahead. What do you think?

Question: What has the MOOC inspired YOU to do?

While it is not my (Daniel Cornwall’s) personal intention to duplicate all content from our Alumni Facebook group here, there is a question generating some good comments that I wanted to crosspost here, on the assumption there is not a full overlap in audiences.

“Is there something that the Hyperlinked Library MOOC/Hyperlinked Library inspired you to try at work and have you done it yet?”

New FAQ Page

New FAQ Page

As part of our growing process, we’ve posted an FAQ page. Mostly for editors and prospective editors, the page does address blog themes. If we’ve missed a question, please leave a comment here or on the page.

If you thought mobile wasn’t mainstream


Even after all of the stories and case studies in Module 7: Mobile & Geo-social Environments of our class, one might still feel that mobile apps are still for the upwardly mobile and not an immediate concern for libraries.

I picked up pizza for lunch and this box from Domino’s really hit me. Almost anyone from any class in the US goes for pizza at least once in awhile. Domino’s doesn’t care about creating a better or more techy future, they just want to sell more pizza. So if they’re more or less completely blowing off the idea of calling in your order and using their mobile site, maybe we ought to be paying attention.  I don’t think they’d be taking this type of advertising if they didn’t view their market as mobile intensive. And they have way more marketing money to spend then we do.

What do you think? Do you see advertising like this in your community?