Home & Personal Philosophy
Last update: October 14 , 2006
Pulelehua RuthMarie Quirk MLS, MEd
Manager of Operations Sinclair Library
University of Hawaii at Manoa
My philosophy in the area of libraries and educational technology centers on providing the correct tools for the individual learner. In some cases the correct technology or tool might be a pencil and paper, in others it may be a flash tutorial or interactive website. Although I personally am very attracted to the latest, newest, computer oriented technology my work as a librarian has proven to me that everyone learns at their own pace and tools must be selected based preferences of the individual and on the job that needs to be done and the environment where it is taking place.
My final project for the Educational Technology Masters Degree, has really demonstrated the truth of this philosophy. I examined the use of a particular web-based resource that I helped create and found that although the content was valued universally they preferred method for accessing the content varied greatly. The range goes from one person who requested a co-worker to print out the materials so that they did not have to deal directly with the computer system used to people who eagerly used all that was there and wanted us to implement more current tools such as Blogs or RSS feeds and have the informational easily formatted for use over a PDA or phone.
As a Librarian, I want to help library users by providing access to information using all kinds of technology. Learning and staying current with the latest tools helps me as an innovator monitor what tools are being used and accepted and then encourage their implementation in library and information systems. However, I try to always remember that we need to make sure we can provide a wide variety of tools so that users can enjoy and thrive in their journeys into the world of learning and research.
More info: Vita