learning around indigenous collections development

I just signed up for a new Coursera course that started on November 27. In response to the Truth & Reconciliation Commission report, I have been looking at how Library Services can respond through sound collection development practices. I have worked with one the campus librarians to examine curated ebook and print collections offered through two of our vendors, and I also plan to look at streaming video content in Macintyre media. I hope that this course will help frame my perspective.

Indigenous Canada


shaking up shakespeare

I have been taking part in an online Shakespeare course offered by CBU. Video sessions are recorded and posted on Facebook, and those of us who are choosing to only watch the video classes are called the “Curiosity” group. “Classes” are held once a week, and you can watch them live or recorded.

This has been a fascinating process for me because it reminds me of how much I love to learn and how important it is to me to always be involved in a learning process.

It is also interesting to think of how many opportunities there are for people to receive high-quality instruction without incurring costs. It’s an equalizer and will be a game-changer in lifelong learning.

keeping my learning brain active

One thing I’ve learned about myself through my LCP is that I love to learn, and I have a desire to learn. I’ve been taking courses since I started my LCP and have enjoyed them, and this has encouraged me to make sure I’m engaged in new learning. And there are so many options available now. I can see how today’s students are able to establish their own learning paths! I’ve been taking part in a Shakespeare course offered by Cape Breton University on Facebook, and it has been very satisfying to revisit my literary background of study.

Shakespeare course, CBU, Sep_2017


My creativity mentor recommended a 40-day writing course to me, and I am in day 35! It’s been a fascinating journey to unravel and recreate myself as a writer, and it has revealed something in me that I didn’t expect. So, here I go, a Shakespearean sonnet about the place I love the most:

Chéverie, My Love

What mys’try do you hide within your walls

What story will you tell when layers lift

What ghosts will beckon when my spirit calls

What words upon my page be cast adrift?


The ocean breezes come and go at will

New tides each day cast stories at my feet

The eagle sits upon a branch, so still

Within the space where tide and time do meet


You’ve seen them come and go, so many loves

Fair-footed, feathered, differently attired

Birds of the air, fleet foxes, sweet young wives

You’ve witnessed through the years and much admired


And ‘neath the faded paper of your world

The story of your life to me unfurls.

learning success – a reflection on my asl course

I did it. I completed my first American Sign Language course. This may have been one of the biggest and most enjoyable challenges of my life. The class was mixed in ages, and my brain definitely did not work as well as those of the younger students in the class, so I had to work harder. That was a new experience for me. I’m used to being one of the first in the class to “get it” and this was humbling.

It was fascinating to be in a class with a deaf instructor. In order to communicate with her, I had no choice but to learn the language; it wasn’t like my French class where I could ask the instructor things in English if I didn’t have the French words. I appreciated the peace in the classroom (no one talked aloud) and I now think that all students should learn some basic sign language in elementary school. Otherwise, for those whose only language is ASL, the world is very closed, and for the rest of us we miss the opportunity to communicate with these people.

Of all the diversity training I’ve taken over the years, I think this course demonstrated to me best of all why our world is a better place when we have diverse workplaces, when many voices are able to be represented in our social structures.

And I got a pretty good grade:


creative writing

My creativity mentor, Kathleen, sent me some information about a 40-day writing program, https://www.reneehartleib.ca/40-day-writing-project

I’ve been following James Clear, who was also recommended to me by Kathleen, and a recent email I received discusses continuous improvement. In this post, Clear says:

“If you get one percent better each day for one year, you’ll end up thirty-seven times better by the time you’re done.”

Small steps. I just convinced myself to sign up for the 40 day writing project, starting in June!


language learning

Last week, I completed the introductory level conversation course at Université Sainte-Anne, so I have now  finished all introductory levels of their program! I think of how intimidated I was the first time I walked into the building to register for a French course, of how I felt initial success and then encountered challenges, and of how I am now at a stage where I feel confident enough to try.

French Winter 2017

I am also in my fourth week of learning ASL through the Continuing Education programming at NSCC. This has been a unique experience which challenges me, but because (through learning French) I have some confidence that even at my age I can learning a second language, I am enjoying the course.

Here’s the confirmation for this course:

Sign Language 2017