Two weeks late but better than never. On March 26, the fruition of months of planning and stressing came to an end. Unhushed went off without a hitch. I truly enjoyed myself. And the remarks we got afterwards leads me to believe everyone else had a great time.
To be quite honest I wasn’t sure how everything was going to pan out. We Scholars had no experience in putting together a conference or an unconference for that matter. So it was many of times when I doubted we would be able to pull everything off. But we had some great captains, Alesha Lackey and Ingrid Ruffin leading us and they did a great job. Throughout the conference I was tweeting away and I truly enjoyed that. Got a chance to test out the iPad while I was at it.
Our guest speaker Stanley Wilder was very informal. I pulled a lot from his talk. I was able to attend fellow Scholar, Ashanti Jackson’s presentation and the poster presentations were great. I hope the next cohort will continue with another conference as I’m so excited to see what theme and topics they chose.
Here are some photos I took:
One week from today the ACE Scholars in conjunction with UNCG’s LIS department will be hosting our first conference. A lot has gone in to planning this and we are so thankful for the response we’ve gotten and the wonderful sponsors.
Visit the ACE Scholar’s blog to learn about some of the presenters in the up coming days. And if you aren’t following us on twitter do so @UNCG_ACE.
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Back in August of 2010 I attended the last ACE Scholar meeting. It was sad, weird, and exciting all at the same time. I blogged about it over on the ACE Scholars blog. Anyway doing that time we scholars got to talking about how sometimes we felt a bit removed from the other students. Soon the conversation got to doing a possible talk to open up the dialogue about why the scholarship was needed and was so important.
I’m not quite sure how it happened but pretty soon we were throwing around details on a conference. And thus Un-Hushed was born. The 2011 ACE Conference is scheduled for March 26th. The official titled is: Un-Hushed: Speaking Up in the Library and Information Science Profession (Or The Really Fun, Super Cool Library Conference).
You can learn more about it here and here. Oh! And while you are at: Follow us on twitter @UNCG_ACE
Going over the agenda for the day.
Friday I attended the third and final (official at least) gathering for the ACE Scholars. Throughout the two years we’ve had an official gathering every semester to get a chance to meet and well, catch up. As I sat in the meeting room next to my fellow scholars and those who help make such a thing possible I was reminded of the first time I sat in that room with these people back that sweltering hot August day. I had no idea what to expect, one or two faces were familiar but the rest were strangers sharing the same apprehensively excited faces that I’m sure I was wearing.
I’m just amazed at how we’ve all created a community within ourselves that will last well into our professional careers. Not only that but we’ve all set the bar high for the upcoming cohort. Just sitting there listening to everyone’s accomplishments and going ons is so inspiring that I know these people will go far in their lives.
We started off with a guest speaker, LIS professor Anthony Chow who I was lucky to have in two classes, Library Management and Administration and Web Productivity and usability, he’s such a fun and inspiring man and I enjoyed his impromptu speech titled , “Putting the U in You.” His message was basically to do what you want to do in life and not because it’s expected. His most memorable point was that he didn’t believe in becoming a leader to fulfill some imaginary Asians in leadership position quota, if it wasn’t in him to be in that kind of place he didn’t want to be it. Not everyone is born to be in a leadership position and to occupy that position when it’s not meant to be you is leaving the YOU out of the equation of who you are. He also proclaimed that he was a Geek and proud of it. Well sir, I’m a Geek and I too am proud of it. Geeks of the world unite!
We then had three presentations from ACE Scholars, they were great presentations documenting their experiences in the program and how much they’ve grown and excelled because of it. I thought it was rather interesting that each presentation ended with the scholars talking about the support network the scholars have within ourselves.
We ended the meeting with a brainstorming session about things we could still do before May 6th and things that could/need/and should be change for the next cohort. I’m really excited about the prospect of a conferencing hosted by us scholars for the LIS department. One of the main issues we saw was that many of our fellow MLIS classmates didn’t know what all the ACE Scholars were and what we’ve done.
Learn more about the scholarship here and where to apply.
During the orientation we all set up a blog for the group to chronicle our experience as the first cohort of ACE Scholars. Because I was one of the few who have done some serious blogging I volunteered to be the administrator of the group’s blog. Which can be found here.
So far I’ve been setting up the blog so everyone can start posting. A lot of the behind the scenes kind of things, like sending out email invites to each scholar can be an author on the blog. Creating categories for each scholar and setting up the settings. I created a page for each scholar so that they can post a short bio. Then there’s the “making it look pretty” things. Created a custom header that mirrors the ACE Scholar’s logo, as well as a userpic that does the same thing. Changing the theme’s color scheme to match the logo.
There has been a little issues crop up like being able to post podcasts, I hadn’t had a reason to post an audio clip yet. Although I had plan on doing that soon for a project I was working on. Since you have to pay extra for the wordpress upgrade I hadn’t looked into it that much for this blog, however I have to find an external site that we can use. Another feature I have to look into is the Flickr widget one, we set up an gmail email for the blog but Flickr is yahoo exclusive.
The plans are to have everything set up to go before we head to ALA. Since we all have to post a certain number of posts and pictures as part of the trip.