Sunday, July 3, 2011

cpd Thing 3: Consider your personal brand

Well, having an unusual name certainly helps with this cpdThing!

My first go-round of searching for "Katy Manck" brought up my real-blog and my work with the International Association of School Librarianship especially our GiggleIT Project (free online writing & creativity showcase for students 10-14, with lesson plans & ideas for TLs as sponsors)   - most results related to my book reviewing & IASL.

Checking for my name as "Kathryn" netted fewer results, specifically those relating to me as an alumna of the University of North Texas graduate library school or of Austin College (undergraduate).

Not too many crazy photos, although I do wish that the pix of me riding the camel at Uluru in Australia hadn't been mangled in the camera's memory before I could upload them!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

cpd Thing 2: Explore other blogs

Trolling through the Delicious list of cpd23 participants' blogs was a bit like our first visit to the neighborhood Chinese restaurant in Beijing in 2005 - the very brief English descriptions gave fragmentary and puzzling glimpses into what might arrive at the table if those items were selected!

Many cpd23 blogs had cryptic names (as mine admittedly does) which don't tell the reader what to expect. Other blog names were subject-specific yet painfully plain. Experience levels range from newest of newbies (blog set up, but not even an intro post) to average library folk (know the tech, have a fair-decent blog, perhaps LibraryThings veteran) to the superstars (customized blog w/uber-relevant blogroll & detailed posts).  If the blogger told us their location & library type, that was a definite plus.

So, I wandered through the list, checking on blogs by librarians in different sectors and geographical areas, and selected 9 that I've subscribed to during our cpd23 voyage together. I've learned that it's far easier to have a workable number of blogs to follow and comment on when it comes to these sorts of LibraryThing online 'classes' than to try to rush through a section of the blogroll for this Thing, then another section for the next Thing.

And to add to the fun, I've also signed on for the eduMOOC (Massive Open Online Class)  about Online Learning from the University of Illinois Springfield USA which begins June 27 and runs for 8 weeks, discussing "Online Learning Today...and Tomorrow." Almost 2,000 other folks are already signed up, so this ought to get interesting! Earlier I tagged along on CCK2011, a MOOC about Creativity, Connectivism & Knowledge, so the broader-yet-narrower scope of eduMOOC looks to be a bit more manageable.

Plus the Ultimate Blog Challenge begins on July 1 for my "real" blog - BooksYALove - where I recommend YA books beyond the bestsellers, especially books by first-time authors and smaller publishers, so that's 31 days of specific blog-a-liciousness to play with...

Also dipping my toes into Thomas Dolby's new sorta-MMORPG called The Floating City, which requires cooperative trading strategies to discover the detailed rules of the game. Completed my first trade and received download of "She Blinded Me With Science" (love that song!) - ultimate prize for winning team is live concert...ooohhh.....

Let's get rolling, cpdsters!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Running with cpd23

Ah, more tools for my arsenal of research & social connection skills! I did my first 23Things a few years back (the impetus for starting this blog), and I know how much has changed in the social media spectrum since then.

Then, I was a high school librarian; now, I'm sorta-retired (not working, but no retirement pay coming yet), and busier than ever as an independent book reviewer (as guest on - best books for babies, kids, tweens, and teens) and blogger (my own - recommending YA books beyond the bestsellers).

I remain active in the International Association of School Librarianship as Treasurer and continue to promote IASL's GiggleIT Project our free online student writing project, most recently at the Texas Library Association annual conference in April.

Looking forward to the 'new' Things which have appeared since my last go-round - Zotero, Prezi, etc. I'm finally on Twitter ( @BooksYALove) and am having such a good time following YA authors (some even follow me - eeep!) and movers/shakers in the library world - adding to that useful folks list will be great.

**Katy M
Recommending YA books beyond the bestsellers at
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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Pretty darn wonderful

Some things are just flat-0ut wonderful and must be shared:

Jake Shimabukuro performs Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" - on the ukelele!

If the Moon were centered over Alice Springs, Australia, using BBC's Dimensions mapping app

Today's front pages from over 750 newspapers in 79 countries - Newseum

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Dogpaddling in CCK11

In the vast MOOC of CCK11, trying to get a handle on Connectivism as a theory and as practice, I feel like I'm dogpaddling against the current. The gRSShopper comment/thread system is still a bit hard for me to navigate - I wind up replying to a whole herd of folks instead of the thread I intended to answer... perhaps with practice...

But I may be getting just a bit closer to the other swimmers, as I've found the CCK11 Facebook group, where there are real people to 'talk' to, including fascinating discussions about PLNs (personal learning networks) and the personal search for information.

Hoping to find a place for the K-12 folks in the MOOC to hang out and share ideas. Compared to those in higher education and business, we have rather a different take on connectivism and learning.