Today I went out east for the first MLA tech services section meeting of the term. It was a fairly productive meeting, despite being at a slight stand still due to the recession. Mostly it’s becoming evident that barely any libraries in the state have a professional development budget at the moment. So, we’re looking at an immediate future of scaled back conferences, online meetings, and a possible workshop on how to run online workshops (we were sort of joking that we should bring in a speaker and have them teach from behind a curtain for that one).
Something is definitely being lost by making these movies. I know of at least one co-worker who admits to not getting much out of online lessons, and I know she’s hardly alone. But we’re gradually reaching the point where traditional learners are going to be left in the dust, and I’m not sure there’s anything that can be done to avert that.
Now in slightly cheerier news, I just have to share that thanks to a friend I’ve got a random Twitter appearance over on Macworld. The Tweet in question, is of course from a conversation about killing zombies (although of late they have given way to to unicorns and pandas).