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204-17 Trevathan Assignment#1

204-17 Trevathan Assignment#1

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Where, primarily do I direct my energy?
How do I prefer to process information?
How do I prefer to make decisions?
How do I prefer to organize my life? Complete online the Personality test at http://www.personaldna.com/.Based on the results,  provide a brief written answer to the following questions about your learning behavior:1.
Where, primarily do I direct my energy?
 I love information and learning. When I am not working I spend up to 14 hours a dayreading emails, exploring the internet just following where links and information leadme and watching YouTube, and other rich media viewing outlets. I like providingaggregated information like the “Drudge Report” but via mass distribution of opt-inemails to media outlets and individuals as opposed to passive methods like a websitethat requires people to go to a site. If Drudge came to me like through a RSS feed, Iwould be prone to read or review it more often, but there are too many websites – toolittle time.2.
How do I prefer to process information?
 I am not sure exactly what this means, but I am completely multi-media oriented. Iwatch a lot of Netflix documentaries, Movies, read emails, the internet and listen toPodcasts. I am visual, kinetic and audio based on where I am at and what theenvironment allows, but I am ‘always on’, but unplug for hours or days at a time toallow for ‘processing’ of the information by my brain and allow my sub-conscious toferret out what rises to the top in terms of importance and urgency to act on or follow-up/follow-through on investigative queries [to the ‘answers’ of life I have questionsto]. I like tactile magazine and books that I can write notes in the side margins andcircle and highlight information to preserve ideas. 3
How do I prefer to make decisions?
 I like to receive input via brain-storming sessions, input from involved parties and anyrelevant research that can be done from a variety of sources, depending on the subject or line of inquiry being done.1
How do I prefer to organize my life?
I save everything on yahoo because it has unlimited storage. Some old stuff does notretrieve well so I also .CC & .BCC to gmail and inbox.com. Backups are essential and emailaddress to individuals become ‘virtual folders’ so when I go to search for something I can locate by association of WHO I sent it to as well as the subject to narrow the 14,000 or so emails, draftsand other data I have interacted with over the years.As I said this is about your learning behavior and life styles since that all comes into to play in Management of Individuals and Organizations. I hope that this is helpful. I aminterested in seeing how others approached these questions, so this is my personal response toyou.Managing in the information age is somewhat different than management in other industries. Because of the speed of technological change and the adaption of that technologythere is a tension between the ancient and archaic methods of library systems and the edge of  progress that represents new frontiers of that change. The term web 2.0 has immersed itself in ageneration of capabilities that have come to represent some of the fundamental changes of our culture and society. How those tools represent age disparities and technology perspective andadvances becomes critical to understand as a library information director who has the duel roleof understanding where libraries have come from and have to be maintained and converted aswell as offering products and services that keep libraries relevant for social purpose, maintainingspaces for individuals to get away from distracting environments at home and work to focus,study and concentrate on the academic pursuit of learning.The new information age is clouded with benefits as well as distractions that function todilute learning efforts. The balance of managing these two realties becomes the challenge of thenew library director. Human nature tells us that we fall into two general categories as people whorespond to change. There are the ‘pioneers’, those who thrive on change, advancement and newtechnologies and challenges and there are the ‘homesteaders’ who prefer to put down roots,develop policy, running day-to-day operations and creating a community base for the settlement2
of that which is. Both of these types of people are necessary in any civilization and society. Bothof these people are required. Often the challenge is rectifying the needs of both as problemsolvers, administrators and agents of change. The conflict of emotional readiness to accept newresponsibilities and added workloads often falls on the homesteaders to facilitate the changes thatthe pioneers develop. This often leads to resentment of the load that falls on their shoulders. Thisneeds to be understood by those desiring change and relevance of library systems as well as theneed for a kick in the pants to those who desire to stay in their comfort zone and resist change.The process of change is slow in beauracratic environments where decision bycommittees and policy-makers must not only be considered, but often act as a major inhibitor tochanges desires. Often the very threat of losing relevance and purpose to the community it serves becomes the agent for change within these environments. People’s jobs and livelihoods have tocome into jeopardy for them to see the value of change.Since libraries are funded through state, county and city initiatives, it often behoovesdecision makers to let stakeholders know the process to which the library system is supported.The process of understanding the police(security and stability of a community and society), Fire persons (physical property security), teachers (societal evolution and development for jobfunctions and to keep industry going) and Libraries (social literacy and skills base to keep upwith changing demands of work advancements and societal economics). All of these are funded by property taxes of residents that essentially fund these services. In recognizing this importantcornerstone to community stability, the needs of the community and the development of  programs and initiatives that speak to the need of those communities that pay for the existence of libraries becomes a central focus of the charter, mission statement and vision statement of today’s libraries.3

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