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Writing the Local Studies Module for Ref-Ex
Beginning the Process <ul><li>Approached by Ellen Forsyth, NSW State Library to write for Module 8: Local Studies, as part...
Fear & trepidation <ul><li>Fear of time factor involved in writing module. </li></ul><ul><li>Fear of own ‘suitability’ for...
Fears unfounded <ul><li>Time factor involved quite minimal. </li></ul><ul><li>Realization that “if no one else will volunt...
What to write? <ul><li>Preliminary face-to-face and electronic meetings to discuss module outline; key concepts; deadlines...
Structure <ul><li>Ref-ex Local Studies module contains overview of service delivery, key issues and typical questions. </l...
What I learned <ul><li>The process is fun, rewarding, interesting and challenging. </li></ul><ul><li>Gmail is great for th...
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Writing the local studies module for ref ex

  1. 1. Writing the Local Studies Module for Ref-Ex
  2. 2. Beginning the Process <ul><li>Approached by Ellen Forsyth, NSW State Library to write for Module 8: Local Studies, as part of my involvement with steering committee of Local Studies SIG. </li></ul><ul><li>Ellen had identified a need for a Local Studies module to provide reference librarians with an overview of Local Studies service delivery and issues. </li></ul><ul><li>I was teamed with Donna Braye, Local Studies Librarian at Mosman, who helped enormously with editing. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Fear & trepidation <ul><li>Fear of time factor involved in writing module. </li></ul><ul><li>Fear of own ‘suitability’ for writing for peers. </li></ul><ul><li>Not wanting to be seen as a ‘know-it-all’ by peers. </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to work cooperatively and share ideas with colleagues outside one’s own library. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Fears unfounded <ul><li>Time factor involved quite minimal. </li></ul><ul><li>Realization that “if no one else will volunteer, it may as well be me”. </li></ul><ul><li>Rather than feeling like a ‘know-it-all’, the process made me realize how much we all still have to learn. </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing knowledge has been beneficial with our own system at Gosford. Asking questions such as “why do we do it this way” has lead to reassessment of some procedures. </li></ul><ul><li>Working with Ellen and Donna was most enjoyable. I feel much more connected to my peers for having been involved. </li></ul>
  5. 5. What to write? <ul><li>Preliminary face-to-face and electronic meetings to discuss module outline; key concepts; deadlines. </li></ul><ul><li>Ideally, content was to be written with general reference and library staff in mind. </li></ul><ul><li>Content was aimed to also be useful to newly appointed Local Studies Librarians, with links to more detailed information on another Wiki. </li></ul><ul><li>Information should be simple, clear and concise. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Structure <ul><li>Ref-ex Local Studies module contains overview of service delivery, key issues and typical questions. </li></ul><ul><li>http://wiki.libraries.nsw.gov.au/index.php/Module_8 </li></ul><ul><li>Links are provided to more detailed material on Reference & Information Services Wiki. </li></ul><ul><li>http://referenceandinformationservices.wetpaint.com/page/Local+Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Styling on ‘live’ Ref-ex pages controlled by a hierarchy of headings and subheadings set up on a template by Martin Boyce of Sutherland Library. </li></ul>
  7. 7. What I learned <ul><li>The process is fun, rewarding, interesting and challenging. </li></ul><ul><li>Gmail is great for these projects, as it facilitates collaboration for geographically dispersed writers. </li></ul><ul><li>Less is often more with Ref-Ex. Keep it brief! </li></ul><ul><li>I enjoyed the experience so much I am now helping Fran Inkster of Manly write a Family History module. </li></ul>

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