Its been 2 weeks since i last blogged of my exciting placement experience with Katie of UWCSEA. Was supposed to have ended placement on 11 Nov but because of a Hari Raya Public holiday on 7 Nov, UWCSEA staff development day on the 8Nov and my meeting up with Prof Robert Shumer from Minnesota on 11Nov, my placement was extended to today. Will try to recollect all the exciting learning that took place.

Day 1-2( 31Oct-1Nov 2011)
Introduction to the UWCSEA East Campus Kishore Mahbubani Library. Tour of the school and meeting up with library staff in both middle/high school library as well as staff in primary school library. Attended meetings and observed library’s daily operations.

Day 3-5 (2-5Nov 2011)
As part of professional development, Katie encouraged her library staff and I to try to attend a few of the online Library 2.0 Conference entitled The Future of Libraries in the Digital Age, organised by Steve Hargadon and his team. As this is my first time attending a Library online conference, I found the experience very interesting and enriching. Was impressed by how participants from all over the world can come together to attending sharing by some renowned speakers. Some of the more pertinent and interesting sessions took place in the early hours of the morning bec of the time difference between the USA and S’pore. Despite this, the experience was definitely well worth it. The power of digital technology has certainly made the world a much smaller place, made distance learning and online conference participation just so CONVENIENT!! Am very heartened to note of the generous sharing that took place, completely free of charge!

Some of the more interesting sessions which i attended are:
1) 2 Nov 11-Keynote by Dr Sandra Hirsh, Professor and Director of the school of library   and information science at San Jose State University on the topic, “New Career Pathways for information Professionals in a Library 2.0 World.

2) 3 Nov 11-“Creating a School Learning Commons” by Prof David Loertscher.
3) 3 Nov 11-“Exploring what a connected world of continuous computing means for 21Century library service” by Asst Professor Michael Stephens (SJSU school of Library and Info Science)
4) 3 Nov11-“Teaching Plagiarism Prevention in an Online Environment”-Breanne Kirsch, evening services librarian.

5) 4 Nov 11-“Libraries in the Clouds” by Doug Johnson
6) 4 Nov 11-Knowledge Building Centers in Libraries and Learning Commons” by Prof David Loertcher.

Found all the sharing to be most informative and useful especially for my upcoming module INF 506. Interesting to hear the insights of practitioners and experts in the library fraternity on the future of libraries in the digital age~ never been a more exciting time to be an information professional. For someone like me who is new to social media and web 2.0, it is both exciting and daunting at the same time. Exciting because of the new learning and knowledge; daunting bec’ there is simply so much to learn amidst the rapidly changing digital world what with talks of Web 3.0 coming on stream in the not too far future.

Besides attending the Library 2.0 online conference, i had the good opportunity to learn about LibGuides from Katie. Started working on two LibGuides, one on Natural Disasters and the other on the sinking of RMS Titanic. The latter guide was chosen as the Marina Bay Sand’s Art and Science Museum is currently holding the “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition-the 100th Anniversary 1912-2012”. For more details go to http://www.marinabaysands.com/Singapore-Attractions/ArtScience-Museum/Whats-On/.

On 3rd Nov, both Katie and I attended a book fair and sale organised by UBS Marketing and met up with some local book suppliers.

Day 6 & 7 (9-10 Nov 2011)
Attended a library staff meeting on the 9th Nov and a Digital Literacy Steering Committee meeting on the 10th Nov. Through the meetings, i had the opportunity of learning more about the school’s library official opening by Kishore Mahbubani on the 18 Nov and the school’s Digital Literacy and ICT matters. Continued to work on the 2 LibGuides which i started the week before. On 9th Nov, Katie and I shopped for acrylic book ends and other stationery items at Bras Basah complex before adjourning to the 2nd Library Association S’pore (LAS) Special Libraries Networking session at Li Ka Shing Library at the S’pore Management University located in Orchard Road.

Day 8-10 (14-16Nov 2011)
Assisted in sprucing up the Kishore Library in view of its official opening ceremony on the 18th Nov. Helped with World Languages, Graphic Novel and Biographies book displays as well as putting up students’ work in the library. Took photographs of the library and students’ activities for Katie so that they can be used for the opening ceremony presentation.

Thoroughly enjoyed and learned much from the 10-day placement made special by the hospitable UWCSEA library staff and teachers. Definitely a fruitful learning journey in an authentic set up.



 

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