I love it when a plan comes together

Much to the dismay and consternation of anyone who has ever cared for my well being (parents, teachers, etc.), I majored in Anthropology in college.   My minor was Biology and I was for the most part interested in micro-evolution and using DNA to track it, but due  to the requirements of my program I have an interest and working knowledge of Cultural and Social Anthropology as well.

So, anyway, you can’t imagine my excitement when I found this blog post connecting the Kula ring to all the social objects (poking, games, wall comments, blog posts, blog comments, etc.) that one finds on social networking programs.  I am seriously geeking out here.  I will have to think about this some more.

But first I need to call my mother and tell her that my undergrad major was not a complete waste of time.


The Standard Awkward First Post

When I decided to become a law librarian, I had a definite vision in mind of what the job would entail.  I would occasionally assist law students and faculty with their research, but for the most part I would be in a basement somewhere surrounded by dusty books.  Most of my time would be spent organizing and collecting historic resources.  I was also planning on devoting my scholarship to researching and writing about legal history topics.  It was going to be awesome.

A funny thing happened on the way to me becoming the America’s Next Top Legal History Scholar.  While in library school, I took a job as a library instruction assistant in the undergraduate library.  I’d never had an overwhelming desire to teach, but I needed the money and it seemed close enough to reference work that I thought it may prove useful. As it turned out, I really liked teaching and interacting with people.

Trust me, no one was more surprised by this than me.

I eventually graduated with my MLS and began working professionally as a law librarian.  Instead of dusty law books, I found myself playing around with computers and various software applications in order to find new ways to connect with my students.  Then I wrote a little newsletter article on MySpace.  And then I was asked to speak at a mini-conference about social networking software in special libraries.  Then I devised a conference program on Facebook.  And then last week  I was asked to help coordinate a take-off of PLCMC’s Learning 2.0 for my university’s library faculty and staff.  It then occurred to me that this Web 2.0 stuff was sorta becoming “my thing.”

Again, no one is more surprised by this than me.

I am not what you’d call a “techie.”   I was forced to take a basic computing class in library school, so now I know just enough HTML to wreck a perfectly decent website and I don’t have a quizzical look on my face when people say “UNIX.”  I don’t have an iPod or a laptop.  I do have a cell phone, but I really don’t know how to use it.  Probably on the Roger’s Bell Curve, I’m somewhere in between an “early adopter” and an “early majority.”  I just tell you this because I want to be very open about the fact that I really have no idea what I’m doing.  I’m really making it all up as I go along.

So, anyway, I thought I’d start this blog to keep track of my experiments in Web 2.0 and to collect all the related stories and tidbits that I find so when I have to start preparing for these talks, I have my material at the ready.  (I do know a little something about blogging.)  I’m calling it “The Technological Tortoise” because (a) I like alliteration (b) I’m referencing the fable of The Tortoise and the Hare, with the thought that I am going to slowly and steadily conquer this Web 2.0 stuff, and (c) I like turtles.  They’re sort of a signature animal for me.  Also, as I am a librarian and really big on sharing what I learn with the world at large, I thought that others who know even less than I do may be interested in following along and trying to duplicate some of my experiments.

Whew!  Awkward first post over with!  The next couple of posts will probably be me catching up to what I’ve done so far.  Then I’ll track my current progress as it… progresses.