Slides from Tom HaymesOn the call were Tom Haymes, Paul Signorelli, Jill Hurst-Wahl, Diane Huckabay, Andrea Snyder, and Maurice Coleman to talk about the ShapingEDU Winter Games. All sessions from this three-day event were recorded and archived on YouTube. We had a lively conversation and you’ll have to listen to the show for the tidbits.

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The T is for Training crewOn our traditional year-end wrap show, Maurice Coleman, Jill Hurst-Wahl, Paul Signorelli, and Paul Diane Hackabay talked about:

  • The need for high speed internet access is
  • The need for good technology in front of you for the training that you’re taking
  • Online virtual conferences
  • When should you do online versus in-person training/conferences
  • What is important and what isn’t came into focus
  • Building virtual communities
  • The home working space, glimpses into people’s lives, and what interrupts the meeting
  • What online learning and what it means to us
  • Breakout rooms in online learning (Paul referenced the work of Sardek Love.)
  • The need for good institutional support
  • Managing expectations

This was definitely a lively show. Yes, a good look back at the year, along with some laughter and tears. The next show would be on New Year’s Eve (a.k.a., T is for Training: The Home Alone/Together Again Episode on New Year’s Eve), but instead will be on January 14, 2021. We look forward to see you then!

 

Book coverMaurice Coleman, Jill Hurst-Wahl, Paul Signorelli and Tom Haymes talked about Tom’s upcoming book Learn at Your Own Risk: 9 Strategies for Teaching in a Pandemic and Beyond, which will be published very soon.  The book details how to design a human-centric future of learning emerges from pandemic teaching experience. According to the books’s press release:

Learning is a process of conversation, between the teacher and students, among the students, and, most importantly, within the minds of the students themselves. We have lost sight of this as teaching technology, starting with the blackboard in the mid-19th Century, emphasized the broadcast of learning rather its facilitation. Remote teaching has exposed the cracks in this approach. From the book, “To make something digital is to make transparent all of its flaws. What we are seeing right now is the lifting of the veil that has obscured the vast majority of teaching that occurs in our classrooms on a daily basis.” We can do better. We owe it to our students.
 
Learn at Your Own Risk represents a set of 9 strategies designed to help teachers rethink how they reach their students; using technology to bring the student to learning rather than using it to fling learning to the digital winds. The book starts with the central premise that there is no substitute for the human connections at the center of learning. Technology can augment but never replace those connections. Digital technology also gives us opportunities to manipulate time and space in ways that were impossible when we relied exclusively on the physical world to communicate with our students.

The book is both strategy and practical advice. Besides the quick guides, there is also a deeper dive into the strategies.

Due the podcast, Tom made the point that we have been humans conforming to technology, rather that conforming technology to humans.  Technology allows us to build education that starts and ends with the learner.

After talking about education, we turned our attention to conference, and then thinking about what is occurring in other countries.

You can listen to the full episode on TalkShoe or through your favorite podcast platform.

FYI… Paul Signorelli’s book is coming out soon (Dec. 15) Change the World using Social Media. Jill Hurst-Wahl is giving an eCourse on copyright starting on Feb. 1.   Details about U.S. Copyright Law in the Library: A Beginner’s Guide eCourse are on the ALA website.

Accessibility word cloudOn the show were Andrea Snyder, Jill Hurst-Wahl, Tom Haymes, Paul Signorelli, and Maurice Coleman. Spurred by some recent activities on making presentations more accessible, accessibility was the topic for this episode. We talked about some tools and methods, as well as why accessibility matters. As Tom noted, accessibility is a way to reach more people.

We talked about:

  • Closed captioning
  • Eliminating complexity in your content
  • Reacting to the look of confusion in your audience and reacting to it
  • Having accessible language
  • Reading the chat out loud for those who are blind or visually impaired
  • Describe what is on the screen when you have people who need to hear the visual clues
  • Alt-text for images and graphics
  • Checking the reading order of text
  • Re-arranging your class session to accommodate people who need material to be more accessible

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Our next show will record on Dec. 3 at 9 p.m. ET.  You’re welcome to join us!

NYLA Conference SiteOn the call were Paul Signorelli, Tom Haymes (author site), Andra Snyder, Jill Hurst-Wahl, and Maurice Coleman. We began by talking about the New York Library Association Annual Conference (virtual), which is using Pheedloop this year and then talked about online training and online events. You can listen to this episode on Talkshoe or on your favorite podcast platform.

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FlyOn tonight’s call was Maurice Coleman, Tom Haymes, Paul Signorelli, Jill Hurst-Wahl, and Andrea Snyder. We used the ShapingEDU toolkit for creating collaborative events as a springboard for our conversation. Our examples ranged from virtual classrooms, online conferences, and online live events.

One interesting thought: The virtual environment exposes the problems that occur in the in-person environment.

Be sure to listen to tonight’s episode then join us on Dec. 5 for the next T is for Training.

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By the way, Tom Haymes has two books in the works, which we will note once they are closed to publication. Paul Signorelli’s book Change the World Using Social Media will be published in December.

Maurice Coleman suggested that the resources from episode 272 are so important to know about that they be in their own blog post.

As library staff or as library supporters, you need to know that data is collected every year by IMLS about every public library outlet in the U.S., including U.S. territories. The data is then made available on the IMLS website. This data can be downloaded in a variety of formats, including as massive spreadsheets. That means that you can look at this data yourself.

Besides the report by Jill Hurst-Wahl, EveryLibrary Institute has also used this data. They have created a library funding map, which is linked below.

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OCPL Central LibraryPaul Signorelli, Maurice Coleman, and Jill Hurst-Wahl had a lively discussion on this T is for Training. We began talking about the Vice Presidential Debate and public speaking, then pivoted to the report Public Library Survey Data: Some Answers, Many Questions, which was written by Jill and published by EveryLibrary Institute. Quoting the report landing page:

In “Public Library Survey Data: Some Answers, Many Questions”, Hurst-Wahl takes us through several data points to interrogate both the underlying reports as well as questioning the conventional wisdom about critical interrelated issues like the legal structure of public libraries, the staffing comportment of libraries, and the ways that properly-funded libraries express their mission, vision, and values. The crux of this discussion focuses on the role and importance of library staff, regardless of their job title or classification. “We know that this [IMLS] definition does not capture everything that public library staff does, especially considering both physical and virtual spaces,” writes Hurst-Wahl. “This definition does not reflect the depth of community services that members of the staff provide.” This report attempts to connect these dots and offers library leaders valuable insights for planning for success in a COVID-impacted world.

This report is based on Public Library Survey data that every public library in the U.S. (including our territories) provides and has access to. Yet it is likely that most library staff never look at the data or think about what stories it might tell or what data is missing. Given that most people are unfamiliar with it, it was wonderful to dig into the report with colleagues who are interested in what this data has to tell.

This episode of T is for Training is available through TalkShoe and through your favorite podcast delivery system (e.g., iTunes).

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SunflowerThe gang was back together after a long hiatus! On the call were Maurice Coleman, Andrea Snyder, Paul Signorelli, and Jill Hurst-Wahl. After a long time away, we caught-up on what has happened in libraries and education (K-12 and higher ed) because of the ongoing pandemic. Yes, we talked about technology (or the lack of technology), the pandemic’s impact on library staff, and more.

You can listen to this episode on the TalkShoe platform, as well as wherever you got your podcast episode (e.g., iTunes). Our next episode will record on Oct. 8, 9 p.m. ET. If you would like to join us on the call, you can do so through the TalkShoe platform (free). We promise a lively conversation on training-teaching-learning.

The heat of the summer, the pandemic, technology, and everything else are weighing upon us. So we’re going to take a hiatus until Thursday, Sept. 10. We look forward to recording a new T is for Training then.

For now…remember to wear your mask!

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