Hello all! My name is Karen Yarbrough, and I am currently back home in Tennessee where I got my BS in Secondary English Education at UT Martin in 2004. I spent a few years in Florida after finishing my undergrad where I worked at Walt Disney World before starting my MLIS at the University of South Florida. After finishing my first masters in 2008, I worked as a high school media specialist for three years, and now I am looking in earnest for a job in libraries after I finish a MEd. in Curriculum & Instruction of Children’s Literature in August.
I feel like I have a lot to learn about emerging technologies, and so for my two free electives, I signed up for Ed Tech courses. Last semester I took the Mobile Tech course, and I am looking forward to working my way through this class, too. Personally, I use very little Web 2.0 services, and historically, I have never been an early adopter. I like to know about what is happening though, so I usually hear about things long before I actually join up.
I am interested in how libraries can use Web 2.0 services to support our patrons’ lifelong learning, while still keeping their privacy and intellectual freedom in the forefront of our thinking processes. I think it is important for me to hear multiple perspectives on these technologies, and I am excited for the readings and activities in this class.