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Dempsey’s extensive article on the way 2.0 technologies are changing our lives and the places – or should I say time and spaces – in which we work and act was an interesting collage of the opportunities and challenges of our permanently wired world. One of the most notable points for me, not only for the thought but also for word choice (bricolage!) was the remark about converging (or at times conflicting?) modes of 21st Century information-gathering and classic research methods. It brought immediately to mind an article I skimmed (yup, there’s that alarming “attention scarcity … where a bouncing and skimming style of consumption has been observed” (Nicholas, et al in Dempsey)) about Twitter’s role in predicting citation, i.e. the correlation between tweets and later frequency of citations in connection with publication. It’s a bit off track to relate these two, but the research certainly pertains to new ways in which social media is used in a mash-up with “old school.”

From the teacher librarian perspective, the dilemma whether to connect by building “an internal social network …[or to] piggyback on one of the social networks they already use” was very pertinent. I know plenty of colleagues, not to mention students, who choose not to use school conduits of communication if avoidable. On the other hand, who is going to allow the library into their private network unless they’ve gotten enthusiastic through some other means?

I’m exercising brevity, so let me end on how RELEVANT the need is to develop some sort of cross generational / cross cultural social media etiquette, and HOW CHALLENGING it is to compose a condensed, content rich message. I need more practice!

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Well this is an extremely apt article in our exploration of social networking and its role in learning! I think of it as a counterbalance in my perpetual argument with myself and my opinions! Read “What Schools Are Really Blocking When They Block Social Media”

What I really think is important is the point about students enhancing their learning through SM, i.e. it’s not just a distraction. Note, of course, that forbidding use of SM in schools just feeds circumvention, not compliance. (That is a debate unto itself in much more than SM! I have A LOT to say about forbidding things as a mother, educator, librarian and student. Not here.)

While it doesn’t directly relate, there is an ongoing series of  Harrington School roundtables we should be aware of in this class. I went to the meet-and-greet with Renee Hobbs on Wednesday. She is a strong advocate and specialist in media use in learning. She’s also, of course, the new head of the Harrington School of which GSLIS is part. I encourage everyone in our class to get to one or more of the roundtables at the Alumni Center. They are taking place Thursdays from 4-6 p.m. on February 9, 23 and March 8. They’ll be discussing what we see as the direction our fields are taking. I plan to be there on February 9 (can’t make the other two) and will post anything of interest, but it would be fun to see more of our department represented. I think we’re the only  graduate program, but those media, communications, PR, rhetoric and journalist students tie right into the themes of our LSC597 course!

For those of you familiar with past Sakai discussions of the role of food as incentive to participate, they serve PIZZA and beverages at the roundtable discussions!

In case you haven’t seen the promo video of the Harrington School or the URI webpage on the Harrington School, here it is.

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