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Lesson 11: Wrap Up

My experience with the 11.5 Cosas program was sort of a mixed bag. I thought that the lessons that specifically involved exploring SAPL’s electronic offerings, such as OverDrive and Zinio were very apt, and, in fact, could be expanded. Some of the lessons presented information that I didn’t find relevant, and in some cases the information was poorly written and/or presented. The essay on the history of social media comes to mind. Some elements were fun – I really enjoyed the game about keywords in online searching. On balance, if I were going to suggest one change, I would suggest that each lesson be accompanied by a specific and job-related goal. For example, “When you have finished this lesson, you should be able to perform more efficient online searches when providing reference assistance, and you should be able to provide guidance to computer patrons attempting to improve their own search techniques.”


Lesson 10 Challenge

I explored the Bexar County Elections website and the IRS website. I chose these two because they are sites that I regularly get called upon to access while working the reference desk. I found both of them to be a bit busy visually, but ultimately fairly user friendly. As for changes wrought by mobile technology, I think that it can only be a good thing. The more ways people have of accessing their governments and elected officials, the more likely they are to stay connected and to find what they need. Will we be a more or less democratic society because of it? Eh. I’m inclined towards neither, but only time will tell.

Lesson 9 Part 1 Hoopla

Top Titles Audiobooks:

  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
  • How to Talk to Anyone by Leil Lowndes
  • Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Perhaps one of the biggest changes to libraries in recent years has been the ability to serve people without requiring them to physically visit a particular point of service. Instead of coming in to a branch to browse and pick up materials for edification and enjoyment, patrons with cards in good standing can make use of a wide range of library materials from the comfort of their own beds or an Internet cafe in Hong Kong. Thus, libraries become more flexible in their efforts to meet the needs of their patrons.

Lesson 8 Part 2 Challenge

Overdrive eAudiobook: Snuff by Terry Pratchett

Hoopla eAudiobook: Dodger by Terry Pratchett

In this exercise, I found both platforms to be quite easy to search in. In general, I think Overdrive can confuse people who don’t remember to allow for eBook and eAudiobook copies of a given title. However, when it comes to use on a mobile device, I find Hoopla a little more tricky, because the option to stream vs. download can muddy the waters.

Lesson 8 Part 1 Challenge

Veronica Roth – Divergent

available formats:

  • Kindle Book
  • OverDrive Read
  • Adobe EPUB eBook

The library owns 84 copies, of which 46 are available.

Joseph Delaney – Revenge of the Witch

available formats:

  • OverDrive Read
  • Adobe EPUB eBook

The library owns 3 copies, of which 0 are available.