I'm back from FACRL Fall Program and gearing up for a regular Sunday of homework and internship. The student panel was well-received, we even had a few questions and comments, which makes me think we might have spouted something interesting. The best part of presenting, besides being chosen in the first place, was speaking to a crowd of nodding heads - a few even made the "hmm, I didn't realize that" face while we spoke, and some laughed, which is awesome. It was also great to meet Thomas Parker and Michelle Demeter, the other FSU students on the panel, in person. I'm familiar with the personalities in my online classes, know their writing styles, study habits, and kids' shenanigans, but wouldn't be able to pick out a single one on the street. So this was a sort of connection between the online FSU and my real, human classmates. Cool, right?
Lots of brainy folks in the library field, and I think it's an interesting time to be getting to know them. Dr. Michael Reiner, though he reminded us many times that he's not a librarian, had an interesting perspective on the changing place of libraries in community colleges, and Rachel Owens and Dee Bozeman gave a good overview of embedding librarians in online classes - seems like a great idea to me.
A highlight was meeting Jonathan Miller, of The Director's Blog and Rollins College, who graciously shared cell-phone photos of the gigantic alligator he encountered just outside of the conference room on the UNF campus. Definitely six feet or better, Jonathan.
Ian's lolcat didn't get the enraptured chuckles I expected, but a raucous dinner with our friend Matthew Moyer made up for it. I'm ordering the sushi loveboat for 2, what are you guys having?