The Secret Recipe to Delivering “World-Class” Library Lectures/Presentations/Talks…08.31.09

31 08 2009

zaidlearn methodI found the information excerpted below and the balance of the post The Secret Recipe to Delivering World Class Lectures potentially useful and insightful:


So, how can we improve our lecturing capabilities fast?

Read articles about it (Search yourself!), visit and explore Harvard’s Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, or any other freely available online resources from teaching and learning centres around the world, or perhaps attend training or tons of teaching and learning workshops.

These are all useful options, but not my cup of tea to real excellence. Especially, training and workshops often require heavy investments, if you want to get excellent educators to teach you a trick or two. Not all of us can access such opportunities, and if so, we have to wait for the workshop to happen, and that might be months down the pipeline.

Why wait? Why blame it on the University if our lecturing ability stinks. Why do we have to blame it on everything, except ourselves? The truth of the matter, whether the University is simply ignoring this issue, or being stingy, or perhaps don’t give two hoops, is that we need to take action ourselves to make it happen.

So, why wait, let’s master the art of lecturing with or without the University’s help. Let’s be lifelong self-independent learners. Isn’t that what we expect from our students? No more excuses, let’s be responsible for our own learning and lecturing. Welcome, to the…


Five simple learning steps/phases, which can of course overlap anyway you like (image above):

  • Explore
  • Learn
  • Innovate
  • Feedback
  • Reflect (back to Explore)
  • This learning cycle can happen within minutes using your mental reflection and visualization, or perhaps days, weeks, or months in the real world, depending upon how you apply this flexible learning approach. Actually, these steps are just indicators and do not need to be followed step-by-step. Just use them how you feel like it, or what works best for you. I am still learning, so these steps or phases might change even by the time I really finish this article…”


    “How do libraries deal with the roles and responsibilities of 2.0 technology?”…08.31.09

    31 08 2009

    Information Wants to Be Free is highlighting the important question “How do libraries deal with the roles and responsibilities of 2.0 technology?” and is seeking input from the library community:

    “…My take on this is that there probably isn’t much professional literature on this topic because how the roles and responsibilities are assigned depend very much on organizational size, organizational structure, and who is really interested in doing it. At a library with a very small staff (like the Luria Library at Santa Barbara City College) it may be an interested director who takes responsibility for these 2.0 initiatives. At libraries where the lines between tech and public service are very clearly delineated, it may be the tech folks who are in charge of the Twitter account, whereas, at a library (like mine) where tech librarians do reference shifts and public service librarians are well-trained in library technologies (and every line is extremely blurred), it may be a joint responsibility or the responsibility of the public services librarians. In some libraries (perhaps most?), people have taken this on because they’re simply the ones most into marketing and/or web 2.0 tools. In bigger libraries where there is a marketing director or an outreach librarian or a digital branch manager, that person may be in charge of these initiatives.

    But I’m curious, what are your thoughts on this?…”

    Why Teens Don’t Use Twitter…08.31.09

    31 08 2009


    From TechCrunch posting Why Teens Don’t Tweet? We Asked Over 10,000 of Them:

    “…there is a lot more to the story than widespread misinterpretation of data. After all, why don’t the majority of teens tweet? The issue of teens and Twitter first got legs when Morgan Stanley published an influential report written by Matthew Robson, a 15-year-old intern from the UK, which became an instant hit. Here is the reason the report suggested that teens don’t tweet:

    Most have signed up to the service, but then just leave it as they realize that they are not going to update it (mostly because texting twitter uses up credit, and they would rather text friends with that credit).

    To validate this explanation, we ran a survey asking thousands of US teens whether text messaging charges have anything to do with whether or not they use Twitter, and over 90% said: ‘No — I wouldn’t use Twitter anyway.’ (Note: unlimited texting plans are common in the US, whereas the Morgan Stanley report was written from the perspective of a UK teen.)

    Robson also observed his friends and classmates in the UK signing up for the service and then never using it again, a pattern that proves very similar in the US. In fact, in our survey, we found that 45% of teens aged 13 – 17 who have a Twitter account don’t tweet. Most send a few and stop altogether, and 17% never sent a single one…

    • Teens already update their status religiously on other sites like Facebook, MySpace, and myYearbook.
    • Teens use MySpace to keep up with musicians and celebrities, which MySpace differentiates on.
    • As a group, teens are not major consumers of news from any outlet, making “staying current” a poor driver of mainstream adoption — though of course there are exceptions.
    • Teens use both MySpace and Facebook to keep up with friends they know.

    Given the above, it is no surprise that teen penetration is not higher. The value proposition of Twitter to the majority of teens is the issue.

    No doubt, this is why most teens describe Twitter as “not for me”, and also why most teens who are not on Twitter cite the generic reason why as “Because it’s lame.” Twitter doesn’t help most of them do anything new, so to them, it is lame. Of course, for those teens who are celebrity hounds or compulsive news followers, or those looking for an audience for their status updates, Twitter is invaluable.

    But now we have come full circle. Most teens don’t use Twitter because it doesn’t enable them to do anything they can’t already do elsewhere, which is the same reason most adults don’t use Twitter….”

    The Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship – Summer 09 Online…08.31.09

    31 08 2009

    You can now read the summer issue of E-JASL, distributed by the International Consortium for the Advancement of Academic Publication (ICAAP):

    “E-JASL is an independent, professional, refereed electronic journal dedicated first and foremost to advancing knowledge and research in the areas of academic and special librarianship. We are committed to covering all aspects of academic and special librarianship without regard to region or country. We are also committed to the principles of open access for academic research…”

    Beyond Knowledge – A Discourse on Wisdom Part 3…08.30.09

    30 08 2009

    Data, Information, Knowledge, and the Pursuit of Wisdom

    Beyond Knowledge – A Discourse on Wisdom Part 2

    The dark genius of Caravaggio…08.30.09

    30 08 2009

    Librarians as Trust Agents…08.30.09

    30 08 2009

    trust_agent_coverHere is a biased but decent review by Brian Clark of the new book Trust Agents which I spent a good deal of time with yesterday:

    Trust Agents, the new book on social media marketing by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith, should be on your immediate purchase list. It’s a stand-out piece of work among the great wash of “gee, isn’t social media great” books that say nothing new or original.

    Of course, since Chris and Julien are friends of mine, you might think I’m biased… and you’re right. But the book rocks regardless.

    So, to put your mind at ease, I went to the Amazon reviews page for Trust Agents and selected a review at random to provide some objectivity:

    This one’s a keeper. If you do business online (or do business with people who have ever been online) or know someone who once used a computer, I strongly suggest you get smart about the ideas in this book. ~Seth Godin…”