Reflecting is about creating awareness, if you want to know if something is fit for purpose reflect on it. For Thing 9 we were asked to complete the tasks in Things 3, 7 and 8 and show a good understanding of the topics. I have completed the three ‘Things’ and believe I have accomplished a decent knowledge of the topics.
My reflection on Thing 3 is available in my Thing 6 reflection. I don’t know what I found harder reflecting on Thing 7 or doing Thing 7. Working in an academic library I found it challenging to complete the task of creating an online exhibition. The main reason for this was because digital exhibition allows institutions to put a collection or selection of material in the spotlight. If you search for visual exhibitions online, they are mainly historical, or heritage related. Our academic library does not house valuable manuscripts or cultural collections to promote, so after overlooking Thing 7 for some time I decided to choose a topic that I spend a vast amount of time seeking to promote; information literacy!
The exhibition aspires to attract students and other library users to be aware of our extensive collection of information literacy resources and consequently access and utilize them. In terms of accessibility the online exhibition will hopefully reach audiences that a counterpart physical exhibition could never achieve. OK it’s not a special collection; but information literacy is special to me!
Thing 8 was fun. I have used several tools to create infographics, for this task I choose Venngage. This tool is easy to use, free, fast and eye-catching. It’s also easy to be visual with other tool likes Canva and Piktochart which I use habitually for promotional purposes. I choose Venngage as I hadn't used this user-friendly infographic maker prior to the task so I thought I would challenge myself with a new tool that aids the creation of visually attractive infographics without being a graphic designer.
In evaluation I liked all three tasks. Thing 3; well where would we be without Google Images? Thing 8 showed me a new tool to create something that I am used of doing. Although I found Thing 7 challenging to begin with once I had chosen my topic the actual establishment of the online exhibition was straightforward, and I can definitely see its value.
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