Well, I think I've finished all 23½ things. At any rate, I hope I did!
What were your favorite discoveries or exercises on this learning journey?
I really enjoyed the whole thing. I most enjoyed writing the post about technology and really taking the time to think carefully about how I use technolgy and how we can harness the swift movement of technology and software changes going on now for use in libraries. I very much enjoyed learning some new things and will keep several applications in mind for future use.
How has this program assisted or affected your lifelong learning goals?
Some years ago, when I moved from Houston to the Dallas area, a friend told me "your word of the year should be intentionality." I grew up in an extremely fatalist sub-culture: whatever was going to happen, was going to happen. It's been sometimes difficult for me to see that one can set out to accomplish something. I've learned that in many ways over the years (and made "intentionality" my "word of the decade"!) and this program was yet another helpful way in reinforce that idea.
Were there any take-aways or unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?
It didn't surprise me, but the "take-away" for me was reading the blogs of the other participants and feeling I was getting to know people in a different way, often by realizing we were all sharing some frustration.
What could we do differently to improve upon this program’s format or concept?
I think it might have been useful to have 3 or 4 Tuesday mornings as work sessions on the "Things" for those who need some time away from their usual work place to be able to concentrate. This could have been just a room with computers available or more focused on some of the particular applications. And maybe 1 or 2 forums for people to talk in person about their discoveries, excitement, frustrations, or learning moments. Otherwise, I think it was very well planned and designed. I ended up doing a lot of it at home, but that was by choice.
And last but not least…
If we offered another discovery program like this in the future, would you again chose to participate?