Category Archives: CPD23

Being audited by ALIA

I got an email from ALIA (Australian Library and Information Association) a fortnight ago informing me that my professional development activities are going to be audited. All I have to do here is enter in all my activities into their online recording system, print it out and post it to them. I thought that, having my membership number and password on file, they could retrieve it themselves, but they probably can’t due to confidentiality issues etc. Seems a little bit of a round-about way of doing things.  It will be an interesting experience as I haven’t been audited for anything before. Is it similar to retaining CILIP  associate status? I’d be interested to hear your views!

CPD 23 Thing 17: The Medium is the Message – Prezi and Slideshare

Prezi

I’ve heard and read a lot about Prezi, and I’ve also sat through some Prezi presentations. At my first exposure to Prezi, I didn’t expect the screen to be moving around so much so I was a little disorientated by the experience.  However, by looking at or watching  – or experiencing (what words do you use with Prezi?) I’ve briefly tried to develop  a Prezi presentation but I gave up because I didn’t have to time to spend agonising over it. However,  Ned Potter’s excellent presentation has given me renewed interest.

Update: Well, maybe I should have spent time agonising over it! I have 2 back to back classes about using Prezi to give this Thursday and I have been busily getting back to figuring it out.  This is what I’ve made so far and in my classes, I will edit this to add a video, change spellings etc.

Slideshare

I’ve heard of it but I’ve not used it for viewing peoples presentations, let alone adding mine.  And I don’t it is a replacement for the paper CV! That depends on the organisation hiring of course – they might require you to present your CV to them in an innovative way. Otherwise, not for CVs but for interview presentations, certainly. As as well as acting as an archive, it could act as a back-up for any presentation you plan on giving.  There are some good presentations and some awful ones in Slideshare. The good – this ppt certainly reinforces good points about presentation – and not only for presentations but for all sorts of media such as blogs and blog posts, websites etc. The average – a library one unfortunately, and I’ve been guilty of doing presentations like this. The ugly – surely this one could be shorter and look more arresting?  The inexplicable! Did the presenters read this out???

CPD23 Thing 16: Advocacy, speaking up for the profession and getting published

Wow – this is rather late! I’m finally getting back to the CPD23 program after a prolonged break.

Advocacy and speaking up for the profession

I’ve heard a lot about the problems that public libraries in the UK are having with funding being cut and services being reduced. It is the result of challenging economic times in Europe – many countries are instituting tough austerity measures that effect all public services. What I advocate for though, is not library and information services per se, it the freedom of the public to know information that effects them – I am a firm supporter of WikiLeaks in this regard. I am also interested in health literacy issues. The healthcare coverage debates in the US right now are very concerning, especially since the politicians are displaying wilful ignorance and by their public speeches and spreading misinformation. Read Dr Jen Gunter’s blog to get an idea about the current situation for women’s health. Currently, my advocacy activities is part of my job –  teaching public librarians and staff from other organisations how to teach the public how to find evidence-based health information online (health literacy).  By doing this, I help public libraries add value to their services to the public. The other interest of mine I conduct on Facebook. I believe that people have a right to know what politicans are doing in their name. Of course, there are times when the information has to be withheld, but the times when governments have used ‘national security’ as a reason not to divulge information in court, it has been found that the issue is not of national security at all, it was just that the government didn’t have any information and pretended that it did OR that the information was erroneous and they didn’t want to lose face in public. OH!!! The other thing that has me hopping mad is the Murdoch media empire in the US, the UK and Australia. My little bit of activism was to stop buying and consuming News Corp products. and encourage others to do the same.

Getting published

I was very pleased to read “It’s also worth pitching article ideas to places like The Guardian’s Comment is Free – they’re keen to hear from people who specialise in particular subjects, and have commissioned pieces by me, Ian Clark and Simon Barron when we’ve approached them”. I read The Guardian and in fact, my husband I subscribe to The Guardian Weekly! The journalism is mostly top rate and far better than any Murdoch or Packer owned media in Australia. I don’t read any Australian newspapers at all. I have encourage my husband to pitch an idea to The Guardian (he is an art critic) but perhaps I should do something too. I’ve published in some library media, but my prefered tack now is to write for medical journals. I had a letter to the editor published in The Lancet (about health literacy … of course) – that’s a start!!