Friday, January 28, 2011

Cyber Zed Shed!

I'm excited to announce that fellow blogger Sara Klink and I were accepted to present a Cyber Zed Shed session at the 2011 ACRL National Conference in Philadelphia, March 30th - April 1st.

"Congratulations! Your Cyber Zed Shed proposal, "To the Cloud! Exploring Tools to Enhance Teaching and Learning," has been selected for presentation at ACRL 2011 in Philadelphia, March 30 – April 2, 2011."

The Speaker Service Center lists our session, CZS - To the Cloud! Exploring Tools to Enhance Teaching and Learning on Thursday, March 31, 2011 8:25 AM - 8:45 AM (Room 201A):

"For academic libraries, the question is no longer if emerging technologies are necessary, but how to locate, evaluate and integrate quality resources in the most effective way. Working within the cloud, librarians are free to explore a wide range of software and applications easily incorporated into teaching and learning. From Animoto to Voki, this session will present a selection of applications perfect for LibGuides, course management systems, and a variety of other 2.0 applications."

ACRL will be incorporating Twitter for the conference - their official Twitter tag is #acrl2011 - and early this week contacted presenters about selecting a hash tag for their sessions. We pick the tag, a "Twitter moderator will be assigned to our session," and the tag will be published in the program and online. Not a tweeter, it took some time to fully grasp the hash tag concept (though it appears to be similar to cloud tags, blog tags, and other social media tagging). Several fast and furious emails later we decided to submit #LibCloudTools for our session; we hope it incorporates a bit of the session title and what we plan to discuss (and apologize it is a bit long). Of course, it also raises the question, how will I follow any conversation pertaining to our session if I don't have a Twitter account?

As of yesterday, I have a Twitter account @dschrecker.

In no time at all I registered, posted one exciting tweet, and spent my lunch hour contentedly trying out / trying on design templates. Since then I have changed my mind more than once; the most recent time a few minutes ago and, after electing to follow the eTech Ohio Twitter feed, had my first message. It remains to be seen if this is a technology I will adopt or use only for the ACRL session.

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