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Very interesting post, Debbie!
I’m quite passionate about upcycling and fashion sustainability (I majored in fashion during my bachelor’s degree and sustainability was my favourite unit) so it was great to read that you’d felt so inspired by the session. There’s certainly a lot of emphasis on the technology side of the maker movement nowadays – and obviously with good reason – but it’s nice to know that there’s a plethora of options for those of us out there a little more craft-inclined.September 20, 2015 at 10:42 pm in reply to: Week 9 – Argue a Point: 3-D Printing is not for Libraries #2169
Great post, Caitlin!
Your point about the use of 3D printers helping improve digital literacy was really interesting and something I certainly agree with. While 3D printers in libraries aren’t a necessity, like you’ve said above, they definitely help create a better space for collaborative learning and opportunities.August 23, 2015 at 11:26 pm in reply to: Trends Reflection: Online reader’s advisory/ user-generated recommendations #1329
Really great post, Ruth!
I’ve noticed a lot of the behaviours you’ve noted in your reflection in my own experiences with these types of websites/platforms – there’s not a lot of opportunity or interest by users in expanding beyond what they know or are comfortable with. As you mention, a lot of these websites make recommendations based on algorithms and other similar tools and they lack any ability to make suggestions outside of a user’s comfort zone and I think the point you make about librarians getting involved with these tools is critical – they have both the ability and the training to extend on these services in a really positive, productive way that has not yet been fully realised.
Great post, Paola!
I had no idea that RA services were so prevalent on Twitter (or social media, for that matter) so it was particularly interesting for me to read your reflection. It’s quite interesting to see how successful Twitter has been as a platform especially since, as you note, you’re restricted to 140 characters at a time.
Great review, Chris!
Going over everyone’s posts, it’s been very interesting to see the way different organisations approach reference services. It’s definitely reassuring to know that BCC’s Ask a Librarian service is very prompt with their replies but a little less helpful to know that prompting was needed to have your needs sufficiently met online. It would be quite interesting to see whether submitting this same request in person garners different results.
I loved your story, Leena! It’s a shame you didn’t have any luck finding the footage but it’s definitely reassuring to know that those working within reference at the National Film and Sound Archive are so accommodating and helpful.
I agree with your sentiment about the necessity of reference librarians – I think much of the belief stems from the idea that people are capable of finding information entirely on their own (particularly on virtual platforms) when that’s certainly not the case, particularly when they only have vague details or require specialised knowledge.