One of the reasons why I love librarianship is because it demands continuous learning. For me that learning happens in a variety of contexts: conversations on Twitter and in person with colleagues near and far, conferences, published books and blog posts that relate to trends and issues for academic libraries, and online tutorials to learn about new technologies. The sum total of continuous learning often costs more than I can spend out of my own pocket or what my employer is able to subsidize. To that end, I am grateful for ISIS, Information Services Instruction Support, a dencetralized group of technologists, librarians, and librarian/technologists who practice primarily in American liberal arts colleges that convenes remotely through videoconferecing. Each month, there are a series of drop in sessions and more formal sessions on a relevant topic that folks can enjoy, held the first and third Friday afternoons of each month via the (virtual) Adobe Connect Room at Mount Holyoke College.
I was not aware of this amazing grassroots organization until I began working at Hampshire College in 2011. Once I started receiving messages from the Five College listserv, I learned about ISIS, its mission, and its possibilities. One of the founding members who works at Mount Holyoke, Alex Wirth-Cauchon, invited me this summer to join the program committee. I was delighted to join this group not only to collaborate with colleagues across the country to help deliver timely content, but also to use the role to do additional outreach to other librarians who might not be aware of ISIS and generate some excitement across the library community about its programming and networking opportunities.
During the academic year, I am going to try to tweet ISIS sessions as they go along to create an additional backchannel and hopefully as generate conversations with other folks outside of the usual librarian-technologist mold to weigh in on our programming and questions. I haven’t registered a hashtag yet, but I am planning to tweet with this one: #isis-edu; we’ll see if folks converge on it or not.
Here’s the schedule for this semester’s programming:
- September 7 ISIS Drop-In Session
- September 21 ISIS Seminar
- October 5 ISIS Seminar
- October 19 ISIS Drop-In Session
- November 2 ISIS Seminar
- November 16 ISIS Drop-In Session
- December 7 ISIS Seminar
- December 21 ISIS Drop-In Session
ISIS Seminars and Drop in Sessions happen the first and third Friday of the month from 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM (ET) in the Adobe Connect Room.
- * Adobe’s “Getting Started Guide” can help you make sure you are ready:
- https://admin.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/startmain.htm .
- The browser test page is also useful for trouble-shooting connection troubles:
I look forward to seeing many of my readers there.