Blogging – Gah!

So this semi-annual blog post business is a bit ridiculous. I really need to be documenting my thoughts and my work more effectively.  It is one of those situations where I feel “It’s been so long since I’ve posted something, what’s the point?”  But that self-defeatist attitude and negative self-talk never got anyone anywhere. So here I go again.

I had the privilege to attend the OLA Super Conference last week, and on Wednesday afternoon, had the pleasure of hearing Sunni Brown speak as the hour-long keynote. Her book is called “The Doodle Revolution”


and in it, she explores creative thinking and the power of doodling to allow our brains to work differently. Chapters include Doodling is Thinking in Disguise, The Doodle’s Radical Contributions, Doodle University and Taking the InfoDoodle to Work.  The premise of her book and her talk boiled down to this: in order to be successful lifelong learners, we need to be willing to Learn, Un-Learn, and Re-Learn – and we need to be willing to do this pretty much constantly. As a teacher, and a champion of the library learning commons, this philosophy made so much sense. I know, however, that if it is difficult for me (a person who is a pretty significant risk-taker) that it will be extremely difficult for many of my colleagues and students.

In order to demonstrate her philosophy, Sunni had the audience of 3000+ librarians do a couple of exercises which challenged our collective approach to thinking, problem solving and creativity. The first was spontaneous idea creation – which I found fun, but a bit stressful. The second activity required reflection on something each of us has personal negative feelings about – particularly in the area of teaching and learning. This exercise was meant to address the negative self-talk that we all participate in, and – in the words of Elsa – “Let it go.”  I really enjoyed the reminder to acknowledge and validate (and then set free) the little voice inside my head that tells me “You’re not good enough.” and  “You can’t do that.”  I tend to be an optimist, but even so, this gentle reminder was a welcome one. Those little voices need to be soothed.

My intention (in addition to regular blogging) is to find ways to implement the ideas in Sunni Brown’s book into my teaching and learning in the BCI Library Learning Commons.