Hello, In 2017/18, after 30 years of working in the education sector as a learning support assistant and school librarian, I chose to expand my horizons and joined the Library Information Science (LIS) course at City University London. Only one eye-opening year later, I graduated with an MSc in Library Science which enabled me to … Continue reading Introducing my PhD: ‘Traversing the Ethical Badlands of Social Media’
This post was adapted from my reflections section in my dissertation: 'Ladies and Gentlemen the School Library has Left the Building: An Investigation into School Libraries, their Efficacy, Successes and Dilemmas'. The dissertation process has been akin to driving a new car badly; stopping at the traffic lights to reconsider which direction to turn at the … Continue reading Final Dissertation Process Reflections of a CityLIS Student.
Is it just me or is the shock of the emptiness of the closure of our CityLIS journey resonating with some of you as well? As I sit and wonder what next, starvation of the mind has set in very quickly. I feel bereft at my soon to be rescinded library research privileges. As I … Continue reading The Grief of Academic Closure
Presently I am drawn to thinking about the processes and difficulties of the dissertation cycle. Life works very much in phases, childhood, adolescence, various eras of our personal 'ten yearly signpost,' to reach and meander past. Making sense of who we are and what we want from life is very much based on geography, family, … Continue reading Where am I now? The Meanderings and Demons of a Dissertation Mind.
Coming home on the commuter train last night I overheard two men discussing the Cambridge Analytica story. As one grappled to understand its implications the other simply said, 'I don't know what all the fuss is about, data selling is not illegal'. I leave you to ponder this statement and draw your own conclusions, mine … Continue reading Breach of Trust
Digital Libraries and Information Organisation in the first week of this term had me pondering the world of initialisms and acronyms. As I hastily searched through a glossary of terms in Calhoun's 'Exploring Digital Libraries,' each time a new one came up I became all too aware of how unprepared I was. Much like a Masonic handshake this … Continue reading Alphabet City
Lately, I have found myself trudging through a veiled like fog of theories, explanations, opinions, whole truths, biases, misdirection and interpretations of information and Artificial Intelligence (AI). These can be swung much like an antique grandfather clocks rhythmic sway of the pendulum, in either direction to ensure it meets with any viewpoints or arguments that … Continue reading Voices in the Mist
Good Bots Bad Bots I grew up on Sci-Fi and loved the imaginary iconic worlds that Gene Roddenberry and George Lucas presented us with. C3PO and R2DT were probably my first recognition of AI with perceived personality, well if you don’t count K9. Many of us can relate to them as on some level their human characteristics … Continue reading Pinocchio AI
My Personal Learning Journey within the DITA DATA Conversation Sink or swim? I am drowning in Library Information Science (LIS). Questions about data, information about data, relevance and efficacy of data. Messy data, tidy data, historical data, personal data and much more in a constant loop of information that is melding with the other modules in a … Continue reading DATA DITA Everywhere Time to Stop and Think
Just as the tide (World Wide Web and internet) ebbs and flows depositing evermore information, we collect and use it more and more voraciously. Like grains of sand falling through our fingertips, we struggle to hold onto a sense of self as society becomes more online than an offline organism. Today data is collected and … Continue reading Sand Castles