Online Presence a.k.a Heidi 2.0

March 7, 2011

A couple of weeks ago, Annie wrote a thoughtful post over on Hack Library School called, “Online Presence a.k.a You 2.0” and I decided I wanted to write a little spinoff of that post here. I also decided this needed to be written after a conversation with a friend and classmate, Murray. We were chatting one night when we should have been doing homework. Here is part of the chat:

Murray: np
i may have told you this already, but i’m impressed at all yoru online activity
me: hahaha. what do you mean?
9:51 PM Murray: your blog, twitter, hacklibschool
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Real Life – Library – Experience

February 28, 2011

I’ve written a couple of posts about how important it is to gather experience working with libraries and organizations while also attending school. One of the things I don’t think I’ve highlighted enough is the fact that YOU can go out and approach people with your ideas (based on your interests and strengths).

Here’s an example:

If you LOVE creating/designing/redesigning web sites, why not approach a library that needs a web site facelift?


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Online Discussion Forums

October 6, 2010

I’m new to online discussion forums; however, this quarter, all of my classes require my participation in discussion using the boards every week. I’m used to participating in the classroom, but I haven’t mastered discussing online.

Here’s what I don’t understand. Why do people write so much? You wouldn’t have time to say a 5-paragraph-essay if you were speaking in a discussion in class, so why write that much while in conversation on a discussion board? Really? Then, we all have to go and read everyone’s “essays” to find out what the thread is about before we can respond to it.

1. Read the discussion.
2. State A [singular, one, uno] point in 5-7 sentences at the most.
3. Read the discussion.

If you still have more to say, repeat these steps.
It will make everyone happy — because they will have more time to sleep at night.

Maybe they’ll even have time to bake pumpkin chocolate chip cookies to share when you’re in the same classroom.

Can anyone give me some insight as to ways of being successful in online classroom discussion forums?

 This is where I studied all afternoon. It was a gorgeous day in Seattle.

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