I'm a teacher librarian & recently started a community based blog for getting boys to read - http://GettingBoysToRead.com. Please send me a friend request if you'd like to network, share ideas, and learn more about getting boys to read.
Nice! It must have been great to get that scholarship. I will have to see what offers NOSM makes - I may do a PhD or another MA in a subject specialty in the end.
I developed some Captivate videos when I was a GALT at Gerstein in Toronto. They can be found here http://content.library.utoronto.ca/gerstein/subjectguides/refworks/index.html under "How do I save articles to RefWorks?"
I kind of fell into the project and it was a great learning experience. I hadn't use Captivate before and very recently just learned Camtasia while here at the college. My one suggestion - do not let them switch your desk in the middle of your developing the videos! The GALT office was moved to a beautiful part of the building midway through my work - however the new office had a VERY strong echo and revising audio was a pain.
We have a decent ILL program where I am now. It's a college versus a university, so there tends to be less of a demand for external materials. The Med school where I begin work in a few weeks has a significant population of remote users due to location, the distance between their two campuses and because they serve as the Health Network in the North. It will be interesting to see how things work in that environment - very excited.
LibGuides are great! I am sure you'll enjoy the switch. Hopefully my Radiology guide is up and running before I leave so perhaps I can link you to it! One of my colleagues is using the guide for a demo he is doing on "Streaming Video" in May so it's been a collaborative effort to a degree.
I graduated from UofT last December (2008) - I chose to go to summer school FT and managed to get through in 1.5yrs instead of 2. Which turned out nicely. I am looking for PhD programs as well. Perhaps this time I should look at Western. Do have a thesis in mind? My masters (MISt) was course based. While I had the option to do a thesis I chose to do a collaborative program in Addiction Studies though the Center for Addiction and Mental Health instead. I am not sure how this affects my PhD prospects. I presume I may have to work for a few years before applying to garner more merit on experience.
Sorry for the delayed response. That's a great idea with the widget directed to the appropriate librarian for the subject guide. Here our primary IM service is AskON which is supported by librarian's from a variety of colleges/universities- so sometimes I'll be answering questions from students at other colleges. It can be tricky - but generally speaking we're provided access to the other college's materials for such support. Each set of students only has access to their home institutions resources. While it's a little tricky it's a very popular service.
I actually was just hired as the Learning Technologies Librarian at a Med school in the North. Do you have someone with a related title at your institution? While my interview obviously went well and was focused appropriately I am interested in how related librarians would describe their work.
I can't believe you got Lib school for free! UofT was pricey but well worth it. Many of my friends/colleagues went to UWO - I am not sure where all us UofT people go - there doesn't seem to be as many of us.
Neat. Yes, I've been here all my life – completed library school in Toronto.
I would be interested in seeing the widgets you mentioned on the subject guides. Do you happen to have a link? Right now our subject guides are being developed through LibGuides – which allows the use of widgets from my understanding.
I also have found the use of Facebook as a networking tool not so great for the libraries I've worked. I am back and forth on Twitter but we're running a student survey next week so we'll see if it provides any insight for my May presentation. So far I have found some neat applications for our Creative Writing program here so I will continue the search!
I can make a few changes, ie :
I think that it would allow books that discuss several topics to have a better chance of being found. If, for example, you were looking for a non-war novel that took place in the civil-war era, if you searched civil war, you would get only civil war books. With folksonomies, you get books such as Little Women, which wouldn't necessarily have civil war in its record. (Layton, 2009)
but the comment is very good as is the example.