Tuesday, October 06, 2009

WebJunction Presentation on Digital Reference

Last week, I had the pleasure of presenting "alongside" QuestionPoint's Susan McGlamery and the Internet Public Library's Alison Miller. The venue was a webinar hosted by WebJunction and titled "Digital Reference Summit: Be Where Your Users Are." It was my first time presenting in a webinar and I found the experience as a presenter a bit odd: alone in my office, I made my 20-minute presentation into my speakerphone while advancing my slides in Wimba Classroom. I had a hard time gauging the reaction of my audience. I also missed the ability to pace around while speaking, which I find helps me burn off any extra energy and anxiety (maybe I'll get a wireless headset for my phone if I'm asked to do an online presentation again).

My contribution to the event was "Digital Reference Options." For the presentation, I posted my slides on Slideshareand created a Google Site as a "handout."Although my slides don't feature notes on them, the pages the handout can give you the gist of what I was talking about.

WebJunction has also thoughtfully posted an audio recording (MP3) of the entire webinar as well as a version that will play back the whole shebang in the Wimba Classroom (for the latter option, you may first want to run the Wimba Classroom setup wizard first). Susan and Alison's presentations and all sorts of other goodies can be found on this WebJunction page that archives the webinar.

Thanks to WebJunction's Jennifer Peterson for inviting me to speak at this event and for doing such a great job of making sure that everything went smoothly for the presenters and the audience (of 200!)


At 9:11 AM , Anonymous Sabrina J. said...

Just wanted to thank you for this blog post. It really helped me a lot to conduct a training about chat reference.
So far in Germany there is only one (!) IM reference. Hopefully there will be soon another one. Thats why i had to train some colleagues.

Best regards,
Sabrina J.

At 10:06 PM , Blogger IamLibrarian said...

Presenting virtually can be disturbing! I enjoyed being part of this panel with you and Susan. I think that the topic and content were valuable - look forward to seeing you pace in person soon!


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