Wednesday, February 3, 2016

I have always prided myself on my ability to take on multiple projects at the same time.  I like to be really busy.  I quickly get aggravated if my mind is not always occupied.

But, I think I have finally hit the wall of how much I can manage.  Or perhaps it is something to do with "when it rains, it pours".  For the month of January, we had so much work to do with our book, that I have found myself increasingly behind, and as a consequence not able to meet deadlines.

I have finally caught up, but I am sure this moment of relief will be short-lived.

The chapter that I am writing with 3 contributors is about to enter its final draft.  Almost all chapters are near completing the peer review phase.  Seems hard to believe that we may meet our deadline of April 30 for the completed product.  Just less than 3 months now.

At this point I would note several items that I would recommend should you ever wish to edit a book:

  • Use an email address that has been created only for the project.  That way you can keep everything in one place.  I have found it difficult to manage a work/project account.  Also, I changed jobs halfway through this project, another reason why a separate email address would have been helpful.
  • Work with at least one other person, and preferably someone who has a different skill set than you.  I am super enthusiastic at the beginning of a project and eager to get started.  I do start to fizzle towards the end however, so it has been useful to have someone who can keep me going as we trudge along towards the finish line.
  • Organize your folders by author, not by process.  We currently have contributor, chapter, and peer review folders.  I think it would be better to organize by author and/or chapter and then keep everything from that chapter in the same place.  Or create sub-folders within the main folder for the different processes.
  • We have a file naming procedure that I think has been very helpful.  For example: 27_Environmental Scan_Maddison.  It helps us to keep everything straight.  When we receive a peer evaluation we then would use 27_1_etc and 27_2_etc to identify the separate files.  

I have learned (part 2)

That when you paraphrase in APA you do not need to include page numbers.   And that you can use footnotes and endnotes to explain text that would be extraneous in the body of the article but are necessary for understanding the content / context.  They are not recommended as they are costly publish, but you can use them.

Two more reasons why peer reviewing can be a huge benefit to your professional development.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

on a roll....

we started the day with 4 chapters yet to be assigned peer reviewers and 2 chapters with one peer reviewer assigned.

we are now at only 1 chapter yet to be assigned and 2 chapters with one peer reviewer assigned and it is only 2:00 PM in Saskatchewan.

look what can happen when you start bugging your friends and colleagues!

also to report: 14 of our chapters have been reviewed by two peer reviewers and are awaiting final comments from one of the co-editors.  2 of our chapters are completely complete (giggle), having finished the peer review process and we have received their final revised edition.


Friday, December 18, 2015

classroom size

I am especially proud of this paper, as I had set a goal for myself to submit it before my contract at the University of Saskatchewan finished.  I managed to get it in, with 2 hours left to spare!  It discusses my use of flipped teaching in three different engineering classrooms in a lecture theatre or a computer lab with varying number of students in each class.

So here it is, my third scholarly, peer-reviewed article:

Maddison, T.  (2015).  A Matter of size: Flipping library instruction in various engineering classrooms.  Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, Number 82(Fall 2015).  doi: 10.5062/F4QV3JJ5.  http://istl.org/15-fall/refereed2.html

Friday, December 11, 2015

copyright mantra

My new mantra is "just because you can, doesn't mean that you should".  Just because you can easily speed on that residential street, doesn't mean that should.  Similarly, just because you can easily copy and paste an image from the web, doesn't mean that you should.  First and foremost, you need to accredit the source of the information.  But you also need to be looking for obvious copyright restrictions, obvious pay walls, potential digital locks and also ensure that it is a legal copy.

Many things to consider, but copyright doesn't need to be a huge burden.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

on being a mentor

I am currently listening to Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling.  She includes some advice on being a mentor, written by her friend and mentor Greg Daniels.  One piece really resonated for me so I thought I would share it here:

"If you every have the opportunity to observe someone at work, you are
 getting mentoring out of them even if they are unaware or resistant" (p. 89).

He likens this to stealing your neighbours Wi-Fi and goes onto say:

"Make a list of the people you think would make the greatest mentors
and try to get close enough to steal their Wi-Fi" (p. 89).

I think of this as having the opportunity to watch a great teacher in action.  You can't help but be moved by their brilliance and hopefully you are inspired to adapt some of your skills accordingly. And you can do this any time, any where, with or without a formal mentoring relationship.  

Kaling, M.  (2015).  Why not me? Crown Archetype: New York.  

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

All A-Twitter - C-EBLIP Brain Work Blog Post

Here is my latest blog post on Brain Work (C-EBLIP at the U of S) which discusses my 'discovery of Twitter' and its usefulness for information discovery as well as networking at conferences.

http://words.usask.ca/ceblipblog/2015/11/24/all-a-twitter-librarian-discovery/