Do You Practise What You Preach?

Piano badgeRecent training sessions that I’ve received and given, have prompted me to ask myself whether I actually practise what I preach.  (Most of the time, I do …)  I pitched a session at the second Glasgow Library Camp today, which provoked quite a lot of discussion.

  • I began by describing the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Teaching Artist Course (in the Short Course form that it adopted last session), which took place 12 Feb – 28 May 2014.  Do I count as an Artist? Yes, I think I do. I may not teach performance at work, but I am a church organist and choir director.
  • Why I did it?  To gain theory about pedagogy, teaching and learning, current best practice …
  • There was a wide variety of recommended readings, and a mixture of virtual and physical meetings.
  • The idea of reflective practice featured very prominently.  Therefore, from the beginning, we had to keep a blog.  This is it; I’ve continued to post on it since the course ended.
  • Outcomes: we had to produce written assignments; an E-Portfolio (one of the tabs above); and a Bibliography.  Mine is in my E-Portfolio, but there’s also a web version as a separate tab.
  • I recently gave my first distance learning user education session to PGCert students.  I had half an hour on a Thursday evening, and had to get used to using a headset and webcam with Adobe Connect.
  • I talked about our library service, holdings, e-resources, and good academic practice.  Bearing in mind I hadn’t got long in which to cover the topic, I briefly covered referencing, avoiding plagiarism, keeping a bibliography, and annotating it for one’s own benefit. Bibliographic software. Mendeley, Zotero, Endnote, Word.
  • Remembering the Teaching Artist course, I sought feedback afterwards, so I could reflect upon how it went, what went well and not-so-well, and what I’d do another time. Talking about reflective practice over coffee, we asked ourselves the question I asked LibCamp delegates today: Do we reflect adequately on what we do? Do you?
  • For myself, I certainly do keep a bibliography, use bibliographical software, and Diigo for useful websites.  To be fairDo you practise what you preach image for libcamp pitch 001 (800x582), I do a lot of writing, so it’s particularly important for me.  And this blog is still a place where I can reflect on what I do, whether as a librarian, a researcher or a musician.

This blogpost was a ‘pitch’ at Library Camp Glasgow 2014, which took place on Saturday 8th November.

Diigo and Me Image for LibCamp Pitch 001 (800x582)I also did a quick-fire rant (Minute of Madness) about the extreme usefulness of Diigo.  Since we were a power-point free zone, I made a low-tech poster for each presentation. So this was the Diigo one!

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