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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

It's a long road ahead (Alaska Digital Resources part 0)

First a heads-up, to let regular readers of my blog (all 3 of you) know what's going on here. I'm participating in an online course to learn about the various information resources available through SLED. It's a way cool site that makes tons of information available to Alaska residents for free online! And I'm not just saying that because I'm nearly a founding member of the Alaska's Digital Archives project which is a part of SLED.  At any rate, in my attempts to remain a lifelong learner, I'm taking a course sponsored by the Alaska Association of School Librarians and the Juneau chapter of the Alaska Library Association. For more information about the course, you should check out the course website.

At any rate, in order for the teaching gurus to track the progress of the participants, we've been asked to do blog entries tracking each week's progress. So over the next 9 or so weeks, I'll have weekly entries detailing my alleged progress toward the class goals. To give you some idea of how much work I have to do, I'll tell you about the results of my pre-test. I can't show them to you because I made the mistake of submitting them before I grabbed a screen shot, but they were dismal. It was basically a list of a bunch of the resources provided via SLED and we were asked to explain how much we knew about them. Well, most of my answers fell in the categories of "I've heard of that" or "What was that again?" Except, of course, for the question about the Alaska's Digital Archives for which I proudly clicked the "I teach classes to Experts!" button.

The blog entries for the class will all have the Alaska Digital Resources name and the week in the post title, so if you don't want to follow my progress like a concerned mother hen watching over her clumsy and accident-prone chick, you can see at a glance which entries to avoid.

So here we go, all. It could be a very rocky road.


  1. Hi Arlene, It's good to have you aboard! I cover Alaska's Digital Archives in Lesson 8. I hope I can count on you to make any needed amplifications or corrections when we get there.

    Hope you find the rest of the class useful.

  2. Thank Daniel! No worries about me in Lesson 8, but I should probably let you know that we're upgrading the software in the next month (I hope, I hope, I hope) and there will be some changes in looks and functionality. If you want to chat quick about what this might mean for what you have planned, I'm happy to see if I can help.