The VARK questionnaire showed that I'm not a particularly visual person but pretty much any other approach suits me and I have a "mild read/write preference". This doesn't surprise me at all - I have to consciously think about including images in my blog posts and I confess that I skipped some of the embedded videos and presentations (oops...) I much prefer if people would write out the key points of the presentation instead! The programme has used a combination of text, images, presentations, videos and opportunities to meet in person, so I think it has catered to most learning styles.
Tools that I am likely to keep using:
- This blog: I've never kept a blog before, but am finding it a very useful tool for reflecting on events attended and have now set up a private blog for tracking my thoughts on articles for my masters as well.
- RSS feeds: I was already a convert for this one and love scanning headlines for interesting articles/posts rather than visiting the websites themselves.
- Doodle: We've used this already to plan a discussion on Defining our professional future and are now using it to discuss organising a TeachMeet in Cambridge.
- Google Calendar: Another one that I use personally, but I can see that it could be very useful in a library context.
- Twitter: A new convert, I'm finding this really useful for keeping up with what's happening and especially for networking.
- Flickr: with a very big pinch of salt
- Delicious: Although when will I ever have time to go through my "to read" pile?
- iGoogle: I prefer to track RSS feeds using Google Reader and am happy to use tabs to open other pages I need.
- Slideshare: I would put a presentation up there for the benefit of others, but it doesn't suit my style for catching up on events I haven't been able to attend. Please keep blogging, everyone!
I think that perhaps the most important part of the programme for me is the sense of community I've been getting. I have only been working in Cambridge since March, and only one evening each week (with the occasional extra session) so it was hard to understand how I fit into the system in Cambridge. Through 23 Things I have had an opportunity to get to know more of the staff in the other libraries. Through some of their blogs I have been able to get a hint of personalities, of interests beyond librarianship and of how things work in the other libraries. I'm looking forward to the rest of the Things, but I'm looking forward to all the "extracurricular" posts even more.