October 27, 2019
So, what’s new you might ask? Well, a bit, actually.
Today I had another productive meeting with Violet, another EEP student. She has a wonderful way of putting the anxiety that I feel about this project into perspective and just taking the tension-level down a few notches in my head.
For now, I am reflecting on where I am today. I have:
- Academic literature;
- Grey literature (mostly American Library Association and Public Library Association publishings);
- The beginnings of individual public library assessment (looking at their public websites and determining how they are supporting financial literacy);
- A smattering of websites, blogs, and URLs of additional research that I want to view.
I am not in the exact same place, output-wise, as I was last semester at this time. I know that I will get there, but juggling four additional classes with this work has been a struggle. EEP research is consistently the first thing that gets shelved when I am behind on other homework for the simple reason that I don’t have any short-term deadlines associated with the work and so, “I’ll get to it tomorrow” becomes a dreaded mantra.
Violet and I reiterated our comments about this challenge today. For future pilot project inductees, there will need to be some structure provided and some scheduled meetings with mandatory attendance.
I think we both feel grateful to have been given this opportunity, no doubt, but being guinea pigs comes with some unintended hurdles that need to be addressed in future trials.
Of all the work that I have done on this project, the one huge advantage has been my ability to construct meaning from the topic that I am researching. I am not coming to this topic without prior knowledge. Quite the contrary, I have a lot of experience in public libraries. And, I have been learning about adult learning in this AEDT program. It’s the synthesis between the two that keeps me excited about the work. Each time I make a new connection or gain a new understanding of why one program worked and another didn’t in a library, all based on my understanding of andragogy/pedagogy, I feel like I’ve had one of those Oprah “AHA!” moments. Cliché, I know, but they are there. Today I was reading about how one blogger was recommending that libraries make financial literacy video with their patrons (Mies, 2014, para. 11). I couldn’t help but be reminded how this would serve several purposes such as providing “just in time” learning for patrons, authentic learning opportunities, and Knowles’ “readiness to learn” experiences.
I feel like part of me is starting to get it. This project isn’t solely about producing some expected quantity of material, rather this is about making meaning for myself from the learning that I have had. Generally, how will the AEDT program relate to my own life in a meaningful way? Specifically, how will the EEP project exemplify that meaning-making?
It’s days like this that make me want to be better than I am currently.
Lifelong learning indeed.
I think I’ve been bamboozled.
Until next time.
Mies, G. (2014). Four Financial Literacy Ideas for Your Library [Blog]. Retrieved from http://www.techsoupforlibraries.org/blog/four-financial-literacy-ideas-for-your-library