Hello fellow INFO 287 aspiring information professionals! My name is Ryan I live in sunny Ottawa, Canada. Before pursuing my Master’s in Library and Information Sciences (MLIS), I received my Bachelor of Arts in History and a minor in Communication Studies from Carleton University (Ottawa). After getting my university degree I felt I needed practical skills to supplement it, so I chose to take the two year Library and Information Technician diploma from Algonquin College (Ottawa).
Since graduating from Algonquin College I have worked in various library settings including the Canadian Federal Government (Agriculture and Agrifood Canada) and two academic institutions (Algonquin College and Carleton University). Over the past three years I have done document delivery/interlibrary loans, cataloguing, course reserves, and transcription services for students with disabilities.
This course is the first course that I am taking outside of the 4 core courses (LIBR 200, LIBR 202, LIBR 203, and LIBR 204). I chose this course after listening to Prof. Stephens’ lectures for LIBR 200 and seeing him speak at the Ontario Library Association Super Conference last January. His session was called Hyperlinked Learning Experiences at Libraries: MOOCs & Beyond and it was engaging, informative and left me with a lot to think about. Because of this, I decided to take this opportunity to explore these topics in more depth over the course of this term.
Some of my interests include: participatory culture, emerging technologies, big data, formal/informal learning and more recently the idea of gamification in libraries.
I look forward to collaborating, discussing and exploring the subject material with everyone over the next few months.
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