Let’s start at the very beginning. Jo and Laura have been two of the best intern bosses of all time. They assembed a winning "team library" for this summer. I loved collaborating with Greg and Rebecca on so many projects, and I know we all appreciated the freedom we were given to explore our interests. Our time was divided into many different areas of focus, like the library, Vialogues, mSchool, fighting crime, etc.
Library. Since we’re librarians, we really enjoyed the range of library projects we got to tackle this summer. While permanent library staff members went on vacation, we got to step in and take over practical everyday responsibilities, like acquisitions and interlibrary loan. In additon to the hands-on education of these experiences, our frustrations with programs like Millenium and ILLiad confirmed in all of us the need to develop better library software. So we wrote a 17-page proposal outlining the benefits of an open-source replacement for the library’s online catalog, a product called Blacklight. Other things we did include, but are not limited to: attending the ALA Virtual Conference, going on archival adventures in the sub-basement, and working on various independent projects. For example, I got to research and write a proposal for a new ebook ordering system.
Vialogues. Just before AASL announced Vialogues as one of the 25 Best Websites for Teaching and Learning, we planned a big promotion to spread the good news with school librarians. Part of this project included researching, emailing, and Tweeting influential school librarian bloggers, as well as creating #library related Vialogues. Since then, we’ve continued brainstorming more ideas for future Vialogues promotion and adding content to the site.
mSchool. Or is it Edfluences? Even though we’re still not entirely certain how to explain the inner workings of the mSchool galaxy, we designed and created learning experiences for the launch of Edfluences. (But we still haven’t come up a better name yet.) Along the way, we learned some exciting HTML and CSS code to trick out our Moodle courses. The courses I created include Google Search Strategies and Welcome to EdLab. We also had the opportunity to lead a weekly D&R meeting to get your feedback on these learning experiences and to discuss the future of mSchool... Edfluences... alternative learning platform.