Rudaí23 - Winter
Rudaí 23 (23Things) is being administered by members of the Western Regional Section of the Library Association of Ireland.
This PhotoFunia will come in handy in the future, for marketing, fun in-house signage, however it also makes me think about how easy it could be to fake pretty much anything. Book titles, political statements, etc.; it's getting harder to trust even what we see with our own eyes.
I posted a PhotoFunia related to privacy on my twitter account, because I'm currently learning more about privacy and data politics, and I think Libraries are going to be the free spaces where people can learn more about how to protect their data, and be more informed users of tech, both online and off and Librarians will be the people there to help them do it.
I found this lovely photo of an olive grove in the Creative Commons image bank, Pixabay. I was looking for something fun, like creative representations of the number 23, but decided on something moody. There were a lot of beautiful B&W photos of trees - they must be popular. Then I headed over to Flickr, and made an account for my professional life, where I changed the header photo, and then looked around. A lot has changed in the last 10 years at Flickr, there are a lot more snapshots than artistic photographs.
Selecting a visual for a project, or post, that reflects the feeling or idea I'm trying to convey is an enjoyable process that allows me to be creative and also requires that I go through some trial and error. Usually, I place the photo in, try some different placements within the post/project, and gauge what looks or feels best, where the photo can best match up with the text. For the photo above, because of its panoramic-ness, it seemed better suited at the top, as an introduction, and I selected it because it is expansive, and has depth - I wonder what is beyond, and how far I might wander unimpeded if I were there.
In the description for Thing 2, there is a link to an article by Michael Stephens, the reason I am participating in Rudaí23. I just finished up his HyperLinked Library course yesterday; it was phenomenal: Mind-expanding, well-rounded, smart, real, engaging, and most of all fun.
I was able to see that there is the potential for a lot of social justice work in librarianship, something I was not aware of when I decided to pursue this path. When I started, I had some specific ideas about where it would take me, and now, I see that there are a lot more options than I had thought initially. I look forward to seeing how new information will guide my direction, career-wise. Right now, I'm feeling rather excited.
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