One good thing: I restarted reading What’s the Alternative?: Career Options for Library and Info Pros by Rachel S. Gordon. This…helps. Having options outside of working in a library is a good thing, even though I get the sense that this is a political issue with some. That is, I get the sense that some would feel “betrayed” if I decided to take a different path. But the Library world is weird like that.
For me, though, the “outsourcing” of library work to other specialized groups, means that I can work for some other specialized group, as versus working directly for, say, a Public Library: the work in which, I’m not sure is a recipe for happiness, for me.
Also, the track I’m on (Digital Services), includes most of the path of Web Design/Info Architecture plus more. All of the core courses are covered, and some of the “Recommended” courses in the Web Design path that aren’t in the Digital Services path, aren’t even given. So it’s a good bet, if I do want to go into Web Design, to hold steady. (I doubt that Design will be as Computer-Science-centric as Web Development…)
I will, though, have to educate myself on the aesthetic dimensions: a lot of my work so far has dealt with usability, coding, and organization. Which are all fine…but as someone who is into Art, too, I might want to look into visual elements of Design.
And — ha! I have some books on Design that I haven’t read, on my bookshelf right now.
Wow…a lot of them, actually.
I also came up with the idea of interactive textbooks, but did a little research, and Pearson already has started working on this. (Maybe I can work for Pearson?) In addition, there seems to be a lot of work on this as regards Apple (another possibility), on mobile and tablet devices. The interlacing here of technology, creating teaching programs, writing the textbook, and gamifying is interesting. For the first time we have the option of making our “textbooks” into interactive multimedia computer programs…that might be able to be either downloaded or carried on a MicroSD card, or similar.
I doubt I would have come up with the idea, if it were not for my Nintendo DS…yes, probably a bit outdated by this time, but The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass was the first time a game ever asked me to write an answer to a puzzle (I’m wondering if it used anything related to “Least Squares” in sensing what my answer was)…would it be that different, say, if you were watching a language-learning video or reading a passage of text and could practice writing in the textbook? With scores or something to show you how well you did, and without using up physical space with blank paper on which to write? And what about voice recording and recognition?
What else has been happening…I’ve been slowly getting my reading for User Experience done, though I’m not certain if I’ll have to work on anything due this weekend (I’ve kind of been having a tough time for the last several days, and haven’t even checked the message boards). I know I have one thing due in one more week, but it shouldn’t be hard. Though I will have to drag myself back over there and see what’s due.
Anyway. I just think that I’m not a very social person. But I’m being graded on my engagement, so there’s that. Whatever.
Oh, right: the art and craft storage area has again been rearranged. There’s…a lot more room, now…
And I think that it’s best to ignore my sibling’s insistence that I write a story before attempting the artwork for it. The time I came closest to actually having a story and a graphic novel, that story developed out of my drawings. And I’m going to have **** drawings if I wait until after I’ve written a story before I try to draw anything.
That makes sense, right?
I should get some rest…