Further to my “Stitching a Lockdown Journal” blogpost, I was recently invited to contribute to Journals of a Pandemic, so I wrote a special posting for them which you won’t find here on my own blog.
To read it, click here:- https://www.journalsofapandemic.org/post/dr-karen-e-mcaulay
Navigating My Blog
You’re looking at my blog, whose current purpose is primarily to record my progress as I navigate my way through the PGCert course. Sometimes I do blog about other things. WordPress allows the blogger to categorise postings, and also to tag keywords which might recur, to help both blogger and readers to navigate the site.
As you look at this blog, there’s a black margin down the left side. Headings offer you links to:-
- Recent Posts
- Recent Comments
- Archives (by month)
- Categories. If a posting is about my PGCert Project, for example, then I will have assigned it to that category. Clicking on the category PGCert Project will take you to all posts assigned to that category.
Please note that categories also appear above the title of each blogpost. Clicking on them there will have the same effect – it takes you to all of them. (You’ll see that the present post is in the category, Blogging.)
The wide, white column down the right-hand side of the page offers quick links to Blog Stats, Recent Posts, Tags, Recent Comments, Archives, and Categories. (In other words, more ways of finding what you’re looking for, and some of the same features as above!) I use tags much less frequently than categories. For example, I could tag an author. But the whole blogpost wouldn’t necessarily be about that author. Whereas, if I categorise a blogpost, then it is, generally all about that category, or a select few categories.
Underneath the Dome of St Paul’s Cathedral!
At the top of my blog, under the picture of St Paul’s Cathedral dome, the white headings on black background take you to other pages. NB pages cannot be assigned categories; I update them less frequently because otherwise they’d get too long.
Falling over my own shadow
This week didn’t go quite according to plan. Thursday morning saw me flying gracelessly through the air and landing awkwardly on one hand and the opposite knee, as I was walking along the side of my workplace. I survived work (because I didn’t want to take time off), took a choir practice, spent four hours in A&E, and walked home at 2 am with my hand in a splint. Somewhat sleep-deprived, I got through Friday at work and did spend some time over the weekend revising my not-yet-complete project proposal, but not as much as I hoped. All I can face now is to reread the instructions for the project proposal and familiarize myself with exactly what’s needed under each remaining heading.
Inspired by a TED talk: Nancy Duarte
I have, however, watched an interested TED talk by the author of one of our new library books that I catalogued on Friday. Nancy Duarte’s The Secret Structure of Great Talks might not be of much relevance to e-resource interventions, but it is certainly informative as regards delivering inspirational presentations, so it it was time well-spent. (I watched it three times!) The basic message seems to be, contrasting “how it is now” with “how it will be with my great idea”, and ending up with “the bliss”, ie positive high-note to finish on. I’ve been pondering how to incorporate this into the talk I’m booked to give at the University of Oxford next month. The talk is virtually written, but I’ll be revising it! I always try to write my talks sufficiently early to be able to put them aside then revisit them a few days later, and I still have to put a PowerPoint together.
New book-stock for Education students
I’ll list my new cataloguing below – it might be useful to someone! I ordered one of the books on Amazon for myself, as it looked so interesting, but I can’t go buying them all, so I might just borrow the Duarte book tomorrow!
Did you know, the homepage of our catalogue has a link to our latest books:- click the link at the bottom of the pink square:- https://capitadiscovery.co.uk/rcs/
- Catmull, Edwin, Creativity, Inc: overcoming the unseen forces that stand in the way of true inspiration (2014)
- Cron, Lisa, Wired for story: the writer’s guide to using brain science to hook readers from the very first sentence (2012)
- Duarte, Nancy, Resonate: present visual stories that transform audiences (2010)
- Gilbert, Elizabeth, Big magic: creative living beyond fear (2015)
- Griffith, Andy, Engaging Learners (2012)
- Griffith, Andy, Teaching Backwards (2014)
As a librarian, part of my practice is to help train our students in effective learning and use of our library resources. Let’s not forget – anything in a library is a resource, whether it’s a book, score, recording or library staff, not to mention the e-resources that don’t actually live “in” the library but are accessible through our website. A library IS a resource!
I decided to pull together a reading list about reflective practice and being a reflective practitioner. Then I blogged about it, and used the blog text for a MailChimp message to all our staff and first-year students. Here’s the blogpost, on our WhittakerLive performing arts blog:
E-journals, E-portfolios and Reflective Practice
A librarian at the University of Huddersfield held a focus group with low or non-users of the library, and wrote up his findings on the blog associated with this (now finished) project. This might be useful either to inform my library user education sessions, or as food for thought when I’m working on my PGCert research project.
Here’s the link:- https://library3.hud.ac.uk/blogs/lidp/
I won’t comment on it at present – but at least I’ve got a note of it!
If I don’t turn this laptop off, it will die. So, I have 22 pages of Jarvis’s Chapter 4, Styles of Thinking, Learning and Studying, to read through, but I can’t reflect on it online. Or rather, I could reflect on a phone or a tablet, but not this particular device. To think that, twenty years ago, I could only have reflected on a piece of paper anyway, and on a train it would have been with a pen, not a keyboard. Changed days.