I have been meaning to post on this topic for a while, and kept putting it off, however two things yesterday have prompted me to put fingers to keyboard. Firstly I received my invoice from LIANZA, which includes my registration fee, and yesterday I attended a course on Ancestry Library Edition/ Library Press Display.
So, if you are like me, you are only a year away from submitting your revalidation journal. And if you are anything like me you will have very little entered.
Well I have learnt one thing: Enter the details of the courses and readings into your journal as you go! One of the reasons I have been putting off both writing on this and entering details in my journal, is that a lot of them happened nearly two years ago, and thus the details have become a bit sketchy. Especially for the part of the journal I have the least like of: Where you comment on your learning outcomes and applications.
I am going to go through my diary and start filling out my Journal. Not all at once, just a couple each week. To help motivate myself, facilitate the writing of the learning outcomes and maybe create a discussion I am going to blog my Progress!
So first up, the easy one. The course I did yesterday.
12.30pm – 1.30pm Ancestry Library Edition
Covering: Ranked searching, viewing images, exact searching, the use of truncation and wild cards, soundex, and then have look at some of the collections, such as photos, maps, and Australasian content. The differences between Ancestry Library edition and Ancestry.com will also be pointed out.
1.30pm – 2.30pm PressDisplay
Covering: The content such as number of papers, languages, countries represented, article navigation, smart navigation, translation, audio, printing, emailing, top stories, and advanced searching.
I have put this course in BOK 7: ICT’s [Application of information and communication technologies to library and information products and services], and the element “Currency of professional knowledge”
So what did I learn?
I gained a greater understanding of the two resources, which will help me to show interested customers. Since we haven’t actually got Press Display (yet) the training helped confirm to me that it would be a great resource for the library. Looking at the resources in Ancestry I realised that it would be useful for more than just genealogist, but also writers as well.