Monday, February 11, 2013

TCEA Convention, Your Library on the Go!

The TCEA (Texas Computer Education Association) conference was last week. It was my first time attending, and I definitely plan to attend again next year! I have many, many notes and ideas from the various sessions! I'll share some of the highlights.

First, I presented a session on mobile library resources. One of the main trends today is the availability of smart phones and tablets. If a student doesn't know something, they are within a few feet (or inches usually) of a mobile device where they can do research on the fly anytime, anywhere. With the flood of information available to them, I want to ensure that good resources are available to them as easily as Google and Wikipedia*. So, my goal was to have ALL of my library resources available to them via a mobile device. My presentation went through the different options I found, as well as what I chose to do in each area. I enjoyed the discussion I had with the audience, and I learned a lot too! Below is the slideshow.
*Yes, sometimes Google and Wikipedia are the perfect resource, but with academic research, you need more.

Additionally, all the links mentioned in the presentation are located here at this Livebinder.

Two of the speakers that made an impact on me are Tammy Worcester and closing keynote Seth Mattison. I had never heard of Tammy Worcester, but all of her sessions had long lines to get in. In fact, if you weren't at the session at least 30 minutes before the start, you didn't get in. On the last day, I decided to wait in line to see what all the fuss was about. It was worth it. The session was called Creating and Collecting Digital Work. It was a type of session where I had multiple browsers open, so I could take notes, bookmark in Diigo, and follow along with each of her tool demonstrations. Suffice it to say, I learned a LOT in that hour. 
Check out her treasure trove of information here.

Seth Mattison spoke about communication between the generations. He pointed out that in the workforce today you can have a situation where four different generations are working together. Many people struggle in this situation because the generations have different paradigms and ways of working. Each generation's ways of doing things is shaped by the events of their formative years. It was so enlightening! It's our job to make sure we communicate with people in a way that works for them, rather than judge them for way they choose to communicate. More here

There were many other great sessions, but I'd rather not make this the longest blog post in history! I'll be putting many of the ideas I learned into action. Then I'll blog about them.