End of the road … or is it ??? …

I’m swinging right into the “final thoughts” of this course, away from podcasting, games and the rest.  I intend on experimenting with podcasting, as I see some benefit to other areas of my life (particularly the political part that I get so involved with …).  My intention is to continue with this blog, talking about things that are of interest to me from the library world point of view.

So, here we are at the end of this course.  I can honestly say that I’ve learned a lot, and this comes from someone who came into this course thinking they were quite “on top” of the social media world.  I have a new appreciation for these tools, particularly this one (blogs), Twitter and some of the neat other things that are available (I find QR codes to be cool, for example 🙂 ).

Both as part of this course and through my own research, I’ve developed a much greater appreciation for mobile technology and the changes it is currently and it is going to make — the concept of anywhere photos, location based applications and check-ins are going to take off (and the statistics are showing they have taken off …).  To actually answer Diane’s question to us, this area is what has kind’ve turned me on with regards to social media.

I particularly enjoyed analyzing the Stratford Public Library’s social media setup and strategy — they were a terrific group to work with and they were so very helpful in providing background information for me.  To Sam Coghlan and the crew at SPL, thanks …

Social media is critically important to us in the librarian profession — and this is today I’m speaking of, not necessarily the future.  It will continue to evolve and we need to keep on top of it.  Our organizations will have to embrace these technologies, yet change quickly as the social media world evolves.  This is a tough order in a profession that does seem to have difficulty with the “c” word at times.

I have enjoyed reading the posts of others, particularly the links many have provided.  Just putting up a link is one thing, but tying it to what we are doing has been very well done by everyone.

Personally, I am going to continue watching the movers and shakers in the library field in this area — I truly believe Joe Murphy at Yale has got a firm handle on where these technologies are going for our profession, and there are many others as well that we need to watching and learning from.  This is important.

My only suggestion for change was with the online chat — unfortunately, I simply wasn’t available on Monday nights due to scheduling issues, so perhaps a second chat evening should be chosen … I felt I missed out by missing these sessions.

On that note, a parting QR code:

Thank you Diane for the course, and thank you Group 2 (Laura, Daniel, Caroline, Melissa) for the terrific opportunity to work with you on our project.

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