For my final project in LIS 764 Library User Instruction, I decided to create an online tutorial on how to…..well how to do exactly what I did in creating this blog.  That is, how to build a blog to use as an online portfolio.  I’m hoping that this tutorial could be useful to my fellow MLIS students at Dominican, as we’re all expected to provide a portfolio toward the end of our degree.

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I used a free program called Wink to create this tutorial, and it incorporates both audio and video.  To download Wink for yourself, go here.

To view my tutorial, you can click here.  I also uploaded the printable PDF file of the presentation (sans audio of course) here.

I’m hoping that this blog can also act as a sort of portfolio of my work during my time at Dominican.  In the Summer of 2009, I took LIS 763 Readers Advisory with Joyce Saricks–she literally wrote the book on the subject (a lot of them actually!).  Over the course of the semester, we discussed countless resources used for exploring both fiction and non-fiction, but my favorite kind of tool was one that  we were actually able to create on our own.

Reading maps are a fantastic tool for delving into and opening up a single particular work.  By creating a reading map, we can turn the experience of reading a book into something much more–a whole-library, multimedia, interactive experience.  For my reading map, I chose Michael Cunningham’s 1998 novel The Hours.  I tried to think of everything about this book that one would want to investigate, and from those ideas, I built a website filled with links, images, audio, and video.

You can take a look at my reading map here.

To read more about reading maps, see Neal Wyatt’s Library Journal article here.