The T is for Training Meme
1) Your One Sentence Bio -- Professor of practice and consultant focused on digitization, digital libraries, copyright, social media and web 2.0, and having fun doing it.
2) Do you blog? If yes, how did you come up with your blog name? -- Yes, I blog. Both blog names play off of the idea that we need to learn and that learning starts at the beginning. Hence, Digitization 101 and eNetworking 101: The Blog.
3) What is your professional background? -- I've worked in radio, IT and corporate libraries before striking out on my own as a consultant. Radio gave me more confidence for speaking in public. IT helped me understand technology and speak the lingo. Librarianship is what I wanted to do since fifth grade.
4) What training do you do? staff? patrons? types of classes? -- Besides teaching graduate classes in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University, I teach workshops to library staff members on digitization, social media and copyright.
5) What training do you think is most important to libraries right now -- Connecting with users.
6) Where do you get your training? -- A lot of my training has been on the job and learning from others, as well as diving into topics myself. I find interacting with people at conferences to be very helpful.
7) How do you keep up? -- I used to say that I kept up by reading blogs, but I do more skimming than reading these days. I pick up info via Twitter, FriendFeed, podcasts, etc. There is so much I could read/listen to/watch that is it tough. I try to stay focused on the areas/topics that matter most but even then there is so much content.
8) What do you think are the biggest challenges libraries are facing right now? -- Getting their users to advocate on their (libraries') behalf for funding.
9) What are biggest challenges for trainers? -- Staying ahead of people's training needs.
10) What exciting things are you doing training wise? -- Learning new technology to use in my classes.
11) What do you wish were you doing? -- Living in Paris.
12) What would you do with a badger? -- Have it tell me how long winter is going to last.
13) What's your favorite food? -- At this moment, coffee.
14) If you were stranded on an island, what one thing would you want to have with you? -- Wifi
15) Do you know what happens when a grasshopper kicks all the seeds out of a pickle? -- She eats it.
16) Post it notes or the back of your hand? -- Post it notes.
17) Windows or Mac? -- Windows.
18) Talk about one training moment you'd like to forget? -- I've forgotten it already.
19) What's your take on handshakes? -- Better then being hugged by people I don't know. Given recent germ activity, though, waving is perfect.
20) Global warming: yes or no -- Yes.
21) How did you get into this line of work?
22) Why is the best part of your job? -- No two days are the same.
23) Why should someone else follow in your shoes? -- You get to interact with tons of people, have some influence over what they think/do, and have fun doing it.
24) Sushi or hamburger? -- Sushi
25) LSW or ALA? -- LSW
26) What one person in the world do you want to have lunch with and why? -- Hard for me to narrow down to one person. I'd like to have lunch with someone like Greg Mortenson who has dedicated his life to making a corner of the world better. I remember seeing a news story about someone who was teaching street kids to skateboard in Afghanistan and bet that would be a fascinating lunch conversation!
27) What cell phone do you have and why? -- iPhone. I'm been an AT&T/Cingular person for 10+ years and the iPhone just had my name written all over it! And it's even better than I imagined.