I’m reblogging this post by the Toronto Public Library about identifying fake news.
It’s important that we remain critical about content online. Information professionals should especially scrutinize online resources.
Last month, I participated in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). The objective was to write at least 50,000 words within a month. Although I didn’t win, I was still able to get a lot of writing done. It was also a great time to socialize with fellow local writers.
NaNoWriMo is an incredibly productive, chaotic and fun experience; I encourage all writerly types to try it. One should also consider participating in Camp NaNo in April and July, where you set your own word count goal.
–Frislanda, a fictional island that had been included in maps for over a century
-The politically charged ‘beaver maps’
Below are the images I took.
I’m sharing a great article about Pokemon GO and libraries. It covers topics on how the game can be used by the library and its issues.
It’s exciting to see the societal impact of a single game.
Where’s Pikachu? How libraries are connecting with patrons over this wildly popular new virtual treasure hunt that uses geolocation—and why the game raises privacy concerns.
Many public libraries in Newfoundland and Labrador are at risk of being closed. Let’s take action to protect these libraries!
Update: The library closures have been suspended for the time being. Read the full details here.
In January, I attended the OLA Super Conference 2016. I learned a lot and met old and new friends.
The first session I attended was Tracy Church’s Introduction to Prospect Research. This was a great, condensed introduction to prospect research.
Her presentation is available here.
The second session I attended was I Found my Dream Job, But It’s not in a Library, hosted by June Avila, Hannah Loshak and Emily Porta. They spoke about their non-librarian paths in the information field and told us about the alternative and niche careers available to information professionals.
Their slides contain various examples of non-traditional jobs and the options out there.
The first session I attended was Dayna DeBenedet’s When the Job Search Ends: Management Tips. She provided excellent information and personal advice on how to be a manager and lead one’s staff.
Her slides have further details on the steps and things to consider when you’re a head librarian.
The last session I attended was Launching the FOLD (Festival of Literary Diversity) in Brampton, hosted by June Dickenson, Catherine Carreiro and Jael Richardson. They spoke about the goals, events and progress of planning this upcoming festival. It will promote diverse Canadian literature and authors on a level that has never been done before in this country.
The slides can be viewed here.
You can track the developments of the FOLD, learn how to get involved and find out how to register here.
In between sessions, I attended the Expo and obtained many free goodies (see below).
The conference was wrapped up by Wab Kinew, who was a keynote speaker. Unfortunately, I haven’t found a recording online. Regardless, his speech was amazing and I highly recommend checking out his works.