Oh wow. I can’t believe the end of the semester is actually upon us. It seems like just yesterday I was worrying about classes starting up again, and now here I am, pondering how to write my final blog post for this class.
I don’t think I can pinpoint one thing as the most interesting that I learned from others, because I learned so much from everyone. Being exposed to the different thoughts, opinions, and ideas that everyone else brought to the table was more valuable than I could have ever expected.
I think the easiest assignment to consider as learning the most from others is the Maker Faire, because there were so many unique ideas and projects, that each time I opened another blog post I was excited to see what fun new things someone created that I could potentially recreate. I also think that, for me, this will be the most valuable in my job, because as I have mentioned before, I do monthly programs that have a craft element with my teens. There are a few projects that I am already planning to use, and I couldn’t be happier.
I honestly had no idea what to expect from this class. To be perfectly honest, this was an impulse add to my schedule. There was not a lot of information out there about this course because it’s relatively new, so I felt a little like I was flying blind. The subject sounded so cool, and I agonized over whether or not to take it because I wasn’t totally sure what to expect, nor was it in my big plan of classes. Eventually, I decided that since participatory spaces are becoming so popular and makerspaces are all the rage right now, it would be very beneficial to my education, my future in libraries, and my current job to take this class, and I just couldn’t pass it up. I have learned so much and been exposed to so many perspectives on participatory culture, making, and innovation in the library that I never even realized were out there. If I had not taken this class, I still wouldn’t fully grasp these concepts, which I think are beneficial to anyone interested in working with the public! I sincerely believe that this will be the class I am still talking about and praising and thinking back on way down the road, because it so far exceeded my expectations. I have already started plugging it with a couple of friends I know in the program, including one of my coworkers who I desperately hopes takes it in the future.
I think one of my favorite readings was the The Center for the Future of Libraries Trends page. I was fascinated to see where others feel the future of the library is heading, and I think the discussion that week was really engaging. I ended up sharing that reading with many of my coworkers as well as my LIBR 210 class, because I thought it was so valuable and just so interesting!
I think the hardest thing for me this semester was keeping up with some of the readings. Between the books and the articles, some weeks were really heavy reading-wise on top of working on projects/blog posts as well as my homework in my other class, and I didn’t feel as though I could really enjoy and delve into things as much as I would have liked. That being said, I don’t know what I would suggest taking out, because I did really enjoy everything and saw how it all connected to what we were learning! Ahh! I don’t know what I would eliminate! This class has had the most fun homework I’ve been given in any of my classes so far in this program, so I just don’t know what, if anything, I would change.
I can’t believe this is it. There is something so terrible about when a really good class comes to an end that is extremely bittersweet. Don’t get me wrong, I am looking forward to having a few weeks off to relax and have a social life and watch copious amounts of television, but I am also sad to see this class drawing to a close. If you couldn’t tell from my post, I really did love this class. I thank each and every one of you for making this experience so awesome, and I will really miss our discussions!
Center for the Future of Libraries. (2015). Trends. American Library Association. Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/transforminglibraries/future/trends