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Reflection: 3.2 Manage Collections

Part 3 of the Collection Development Plan and the Video Recording Collection in Omeka demonstrate my ability to manage, evaluate, and preserve virtual collections of information resources.  The plan addresses concepts, issues, and methods related to the acquisition and disposition of resources, including evaluation and selection, as well as concepts, issues, and methods related to maintenance of collections.  The catalog demonstrates my developmental, descriptive, and evaluative skills needed to organize recorded knowledge and information resources, including mastery of the systems of cataloging, metadata, indexing, and classification standards and methods used to organize recorded knowledge and information.

In forming evaluative questions to ask regarding the collection within the plan, I address inclusion of a wide variety of perspectives regarding age ranges, ethnicities, and classes, among other social indicators.  I also recommend considering usage statistics when acquiring or disposing of materials.  These considerations might also apply to maintenance of the collection.  However, the section on resource sharing assists in maintenance as well, in filling gaps in the collection.

I used Dublin Core to catalog the video artifacts in Omeka, including most, if not all, of the 15 standard elements, thereby displaying the descriptive skills needed to organize recorded knowledge.  This system of cataloging requires the use of metadata adhering to classification standards to organize material and make it discoverable.

Taken together these artifacts demonstrate my ability to develop and manage collections.

 
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Posted by on May 9, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Reflection: 3.3 Uphold Collection Standards

The associated portion of the collection development plan, (assigned in three separate pieces) represents my understanding of the ethics, values, and foundational principles of the library and information profession, as well as the legal framework within which libraries and information agencies operate.

The plan created includes not only a mission statement focused on community needs, but incorporates elements of the ALA’s Library Bill of Rights.  This portion of the plan commits to providing information to anyone without bias, either toward the requestor or toward the material requested.  It also asserts that the library will remain neutral, leaving choice of material and the responsibility for that choice, with the patron.  Additionally, the plan includes a process for requesting reconsideration of material, in order to preserve the best interests of the community as a whole, rather than catering to the preferences of one or a small group of individuals.  In this way, the library and information professionals fulfill their role in the promotion of democratic principles and intellectual freedom.

This portion of the plan also indicates an understanding of the legal framework within which libraries and information agencies operate, as it includes a fairly detailed analysis of the library’s position within the local government and the community as a whole.  The library described is a consortium member, a political division of the city, and a taxing entity.  Far from standing alone, the library is integrated with this structured, legal framework.  Taken altogether, this portion of the plan demonstrates my ability to uphold ethical and legal standards in acquiring, leasing, preserving, and providing access to information resources.

 
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Posted by on May 8, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Reflection: 4.1 Perform Basic Managerial Functions

The artifacts associated with this standard demonstrate my ability to perform basic managerial functions.  One consists of a projected budget, working with a real-world example, and projecting 10% increase in funding.  The other required that I use a real-world job listing to create interview questions.

The budget assignment demonstrates my understanding of the principles of planning and budgeting in libraries and other information agencies, as well as the concepts behind, and methods for, assessment and evaluation of library services and their outcomes.  In order to project the budget with a 10% increase in funds, I needed to analyze the collection and facilities expenditures to determine how the budget could be better apportioned.  In the end, I eliminated microfilm purchases, reduced the budget for periodicals, left book purchases the same, and put most of the increase into building and equipment improvements.

The job listing assignment demonstrates my understanding of the principles of effective personnel practices and human resource development.  In crafting the interview questions, I tied talent characteristics directly to the qualifications and duties required of the open position.  I then tried to form interview questions that would reveal these characteristics.  Overall, I thought this a useful strategy for evaluating potential performance on the job, and believe the assignment prepared me fairly well for any future hiring I may have the opportunity to do.  Together with the budgeting assignment, I believe I can perform basic managerial functions with some competence.

 
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Posted by on May 8, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Reflection: 4.2 Communicate Effectively to a Variety of Audiences

The associated artifacts demonstrate my understanding of the principles and methods of advocacy used to reach specific audiences to promote and explain concepts and services.  The “Social Responsibility” assignment relates the importance of advocating to and for a range of patron subgroups while focusing on the local service community.  The “Library History of Korea” assignment promotes and explains the need for significant academic study of Korean history within the field of library science to the specific audience of library historians.  Taken together, they represent my ability to communicate effectively to a variety of audiences.

Advocacy in library service can take several forms, either advocating for patrons, or for the library and its services, or both.  Communicating effectively on either party’s behalf requires understanding of both the audience advocated to, as well as the people and institutions we’re advocating for.  The ALA’s Library Bill of Rights provides a framework to assist with advocacy.  In the “Social Responsibility” artifact, I consider the recommendation to focus advocacy locally, as spreading advocacy too thin can interfere with that understanding.

Similarly, understanding of the audience advocated to and the institution advocated for applies to the Korean Library History project.  The arguments made and issues presented are tailored specifically to library historians, and focused more narrowly on Korea than the whole of library history, or even Asian library history.  I would argue that understanding of the community advocated to and for, along with a focused subject are necessary to communicate advocacy effectively to a variety of audiences, and both of my artifacts demonstrate that.

 

 

 
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Posted by on May 8, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Reflection: 4.3 Apply Theories of Organizational Behavior and Structure

The associated artifacts demonstrate my ability to apply theories of organizational behavior and structure.  The Evaluation of Virtual Learning demonstrates my understanding of the role of the library in lifelong learning of patrons, including the provision of quality service and in the promotion of library services.  The Rules of Engagement assignment demonstrates my understanding of the principles of effective personnel practices and human resource development, as well as the concepts behind, issues relating to, and methods for principled, transformational leadership.

The role of the library in patrons’ lifelong learning is to assess and evaluate information, communication, assistive, and related technologies to provide access to relevant and accurate recorded knowledge and information to individuals of all ages and groups.  In assessing various virtual learning technologies from my own perspective as a lifelong learner, I have gained insight into what which technologies might work best for different types of learners.  The examined aspects, as assigned, taught me where to focus my attention when evaluating resources for patrons seeking to learn independently.

The Rules of Engagement paper, giving my evaluation of two separate research papers on management styles represents my best understanding of the principles of effective personnel practices, human resource development, and the concepts behind, issues relating to, and methods for principled, transformational leadership.  I agreed with a human-centered approach, acknowledging conflict and the existence of emotion, and offering solutions that represent “a social climate of teamwork, an expectation of mutual validation and support, and…general guidelines for keeping personal interactions functional.”  Likewise, I rejected the less-personal, data-driven graph approach to conflict management as unrealistic in practice.

 
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Posted by on May 8, 2017 in Uncategorized

 
 
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