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Reflection on resuscitating a dormant blog for #LiDA101

"Rough!"  That's how it feels to try to dredge up a dried up older blog.  Give it some CPR and a few well-aimed kicks to boot it into the kind of look, shape and feel that might possibly still represent you 6 months on.

The LiDA 101 course offers some useful guidance for fledgling bloggers.  I appreciated the tasks we were challenged to do.    It was quite easy to rejig the style into something a bit more plain and straightforward. I revisited the layout and added a footer with a CC-BY licence and tried to ensure that all past posts are listed.  I even took the somewhat drastic step of making my personal profile visible on the blog.... baby steps in terms of revelations.

After viewing a course resource video on YouTube - introducing features of the Blogger.com dashboard (not so great as the demo wasn't very revealing or illustrative) - the next video automatically cued itself.  Here was a really nice, friendly 18 minute video on step by step setting up a Blogger.com …
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Learning in a Digital Age (LiDA 101)

It's nearly 6 months since I last posted.  I'm excited to be joining a MOOC called Learning in a Digital Age, offered by OERu.  This combines two of my interests - digital literacies and open learning.

Since I'm looking for ideas for a programme in digital literacies for our library at University of the Western Cape (S Africa), I'll be sampling the approach taken by this course.  My sense so far from the readings is that this is aimed at people who are already fairly digitally fluent.

 The emphasis on setting up a Personal Learning Environment/Network seems to indicate a strong connectivist philosophy.   I appreciated Stephen Downe's commentary on the value of a PLE over the LMS in that the facility can grow with individuals after they leave an institution.  However, the readings (eg, Why you need a PLN) appear to be targeted towards educationists or people who are already ready to set up a professional network.

The course expects participants to join a Twitter-lik…

Thing 3: Searching in image banks (scatterbrained)

This week we were shown the possibility of filtering searches in Flickr, Google and Pixabay to be able to pinpoint images that may be freely re-used, or re-purposed, depending on the type of Creative Commons licence that has been applied to each image.

Although smart phones put the tools for creating, mixing, sharing and distributing images in our hands, not all of us are gifted with creative flair and talent for designing and making pictures.  Browsing through the image banks I marveled at the sheer volume and richness of visual ideas, as well as the striking compositions.

The tags that the curating creators have applied permit a limited level of searching as some of the tags seem to be a little whimsical.  For example, the photo below was returned in a Flickr search for the tag "scatterbrained" (remember, this blog belongs to the Loskop Librarian who is a little all over the place - this is why I need all the information skills I can muster).  I was interested to see how…

Getting Started with "Thing 2"

I always said that if everything I've ever lost/mis-placed through my scattiness were to be returned to me, I'd be a wealthy individual.  The first occasion I remember was losing my glasses aged 6 (nerdy librarians always know their career destination from an early age).  Turned out they went through the washing machine and got mangled.  I'll spare you more stories - suffice to say it's been a bit stressful!

Now that I"m a librarian at the top of her game (ahem!), it's quite important to radiate a sense of organisation so that I set a good example to my younger colleagues.   As an information professional I should model the behaviours that characterise our profession.  This means enploying very organised management strategies for information retrieval and that I"m well versed in related aspects of information sharing and collaboration in a digital age.

However, there's just so much going on - especially in all the areas that I"m passionate about …