September 23, 2012

Busy as a beaver, ya best believe-a

It's been almost two months, to the day, since I updated this blog. I've gotten wrapped up in so many projects, I haven't really had time to reflect here. A lot of exciting things have been happening, or will be happening soon!
  • Last week, I gave a guest lecture in a friend's Educational Technology class, ETCV 411: Application of Technology in Education. It was nice to get on the lecture/theory side of instruction... as much as I like library instruction, the one-shots make it impossible to cover much theory in such a limited amount of time, and a lot of what happens during the drive-bys is tied to demonstrations. I covered examining the epistemology of crowdsourced information and the limits of traditional academic models. How do information and publishing cycles work; what are their roles in encouraging or hindering certain types of information; and how can more democratized crowdsourced models be used for education, and what are their drawbacks? To reflect this, I titled my presentation "Info Trolling at the Ivory Tower" to demonstrate the general reluctance of the academy to acknowledge crowdsourced models of information as credible. You can check out my presentation on Slideshare, and although it (Slideshare) made an auto transcript of my slide notes, it's kind of garbled and deleted some things.. so if you download instead, you can get the full notes corresponding with slides.
  • Coming up next week, Thursday September 27th at 1pm Central, Librarian Wardrobe is presenting a webinar in conjunction with Library Boing Boing and ALA Techsource... Style and Stereotypes: Perceptions of Librarians. We are continuing what we started at the ALA Annual 2012 Conversation Starter session in Anaheim, and after only two days of promo, we have over 100 people signed up to attend! Read the details on Librarian Wardrobe, which also includes a link for free registration.
  • In October, I will be presenting at the 2012 LIM College Fashion Now & Then Symposium in NYC. It looks like it's completely sold out now, but if you'd like to request to be on the waiting list to catch a great lineup Friday 10/19 and Saturday 10/20, try here (it's free). You can see all the bios on the LIM College site. My info...

    Nicole Pagowsky is an Instructional Services Librarian at the University of Arizona. She created Librarian Wardrobe ( in 2010, a mostly user-generated blog to serve as a catalog of how information professionals dress for work. Nicole is interested in user experience and visual perceptions of information workers, which is explored through interviews and other mediated posts. With a variety of stereotypes floating around about librarians, whether it is buns and shushing or tattoos and social clubs, the blog hopes to dispel these assumptions and question whether they even matter. Nicole developed a program on style, stereotypes, and perceptions for a packed room at the American Library Association 2012 Annual Conference; and participated in a panel on developing a niche through Librarian Wardrobe, within communities of librarians. Nicole’s presentation will focus on internal and external perceptions of library workers and how content from Librarian Wardrobe is used by both information professionals and the public.
  • Last month, I was notified with my co-author, Jaime Hammond, that our article was accepted for publication as a feature in a well-known academic library publication, and we are so excited -- don't want to talk too much about it though until the article comes out (November).
  • And last (for now!), my conference proposal on gaming collections in academic libraries was accepted for ACRL 2013, with three other panelists. 
Otherwise, I have been very busy at work, too. I am taking a gaming in education class through the Educational Technology Master's program, continue to work on student retention efforts on campus (and recently taught a classroom full of freshmen football players how to start their research), and have been working on various projects tied to retention and/or using game mechanics in instruction. Hoping to post a real post again sometime soon! We'll see how that goes...