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Yesterday Giz, Kevin, and I went to UNCG to participate in the Spring Tri-IT Meeting. We went to present on “Situating Blogs and Wikis: The Value Added Proposition of the Library as Service Provider.” The meeting was a nice one. It was small enough that you could meet people, but big enough so that you didn’t have to learn everyone’s name. Everyone there seemed to work at the intersection of education and technology, whether their position was located in a library, teaching and learning center, or an academic department. As I’ve been trying to do, I took most of my notes in my own blog so that I wouldn’t go into too much detail for you here. šŸ™‚ If you want to see some details, I’ve posted on the introduction, getting connected with Google Apps, imagining an interdisciplinary game, and what the UNCG library is doing with Blackboard.

As is often the case, one session particularly stood out to me as useful for my thinking at this point in time, and that’s the library/Blackboard project. The librarians at UNCG are doing some really interesting work! It seemed to me that they’re seeing some of the same trends that we’re seeing, but approaching the problem solving from a different perspective. Where our energies tend to be around creating multiple open places that we have to tie together (like pulling video into the wiki or toolkit), they tend work from one portal (Blackboard), putting everything there to start with. The open/disparate vs. closed/centralized issue is one I have been thinking about a little bit, and it was really nice to see a good example of the strengths of a closed/centralized system. Great session!

Great meeting, too!