Virtual internship Week 6. Lubuto Library Project

The last week overall was quite productive in moving forward with several of my learning outcomes for the virtual internship. I was able to rename all of the reading files again, so they had the corrected wording and numbers on them so they could be uploaded to the website. It may seem like an easy task to complete, but it did take some time, and will greatly help the students be able to get through the folders in a much easier manner, and the lessons themselves will be easier to comprehend when opened in other applications.

Considerable progress on the social media policy was done this week. I was able to do some initial research on examples of social media policies that are present in various other businesses, not for profit organizations, and universities among others. This gave me some insight into how it should be formatted and construction at least in the beginning stages. Late in the week, I was able to hold a three-way conference call with two persons from the Lubuto Library Project to obtain their feedback and ideas on how they would like to see the social media policy created. We came to a general consensus, and I should have a draft submitted to them sometime in the next week. It looks like the policy will be used now, maintained for all persons in the organization, and will be a springboard for future social media endeavors. That makes me feel good, that my quality work is being noticed, but more importantly actually being used in a manner that aids the organization in increasing awareness of its goals and objectives.

Lastly, I was able to have an elongated conversation with a former professor on how I should go into constructing this large and complex collection development policy for the Lubuto Library Project. He had some great ideas on resources and materials I should consult in working on this. He seemed to be quite interested in the organization and what I am doing for them. He would like me to have some soft of a rough draft, or whatever I have completed by March 22. He wants to have a copy, because he is instructing a Collection Development course this spring, and asked me to come in as a guest and present the policy in his online meeting for the class, and have them review it, and discuss how the policy fits what the current and future collections should be. I am greatly looking forward to creating this policy, so the Lubuto Library Project can have a policy that really aids them in developing their collections to the next level and to more demographics in Zambia.

Until next time: Mucaale kabotu! (It means goodbye in Chitonga, one of the many languages spoken in Zambia!)

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Virtual Internship Week 5 Lubuto Library Project

Well the last seven days has not been too exciting as I got to finish renaming the various reading lessons for the website, and it turns out that I need to go back and put the name of each language at the beginning of each file name, which will take a few days.

I was able to get a hold of a former professor asking for insight into constructing the collection development policy and the unique collection that the Lubuto Library Project houses and will obtain the future. I should be actually holding either a Skype conversation with him, or a Google+ hangout, since he has low eyesight, and email communication is rather tough for him.

The social media policy is slowly coming together, and will be contacting persons this week through the Lubuto Library Project to get their insight into what should be included and excluded.

Until next time: Mucaale kabotu! (It means goodbye in Chitonga, one of the many languages spoken in Zambia!)

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/lubutolibraryproject?ref=ts&fref=ts

Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/LubutoLibrary

LinkedIn Page: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Friends-Lubuto-Libraries-4628443?gid=4628443&mostPopular=&trk=tyah

Flickr Page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lubutolibraryproject/

Pinterest Page:http://pinterest.com/lubutolibrary/

YouTube Page: https://www.youtube.com/user/LubutoLibrary

Virtual Internship Week 4. Lubuto Library Project

What? Did I miss a week? No. I am just making sure that my posts coincide with the weeks of the semester, that’s all. Anyhow, four weeks into the semester, interning with the Lubuto Library Project has been a great experience thus far.

In the last week, there has not been too much action.  I am in the process currently of renaming, about 700 reading lessons on the website so they are more organized and have less truncation and less problems when opening in other applications. I will be finishing renaming the lessons today and will be re-uploading them to the website in the next day or two.  This was the first project I was assigned to work on, and it will be a great feeling knowing that I am aiding the website to become more efficient and organized.

The rest of the week I will be communicating with the person in charge of social media and actually begin writing the social media policy that will help shape how the Lubuto Library Project will share itself across multiple platforms, find those persons who could potentially provide donations, and aid in determining what the best content for each platform will be. This policy will be conducive for the Lubuto Library Project now and in the future since social media is an important aspect of the organization and sharing its goals and objectives.

In the latter part of the week, I will be reading and taking notes on more of the documents that were sent to me pertaining to constructing a collection development policy, and also speaking with a former professor of mine for even more insight on this project.

Until next time: Mucaale kabotu! (It means goodbye in Chitonga, one of the many languages spoken in Zambia!)

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/lubutolibraryproject?ref=ts&fref=ts

Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/LubutoLibrary

LinkedIn Page: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Friends-Lubuto-Libraries-4628443?gid=4628443&mostPopular=&trk=tyah

Flickr Page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lubutolibraryproject/

Pinterest Page:http://pinterest.com/lubutolibrary/

YouTube Page: https://www.youtube.com/user/LubutoLibrary

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Virtual Internship Week 2. Lubuto Library Project

Well it has been one full week under my belt interning with the Lubuto Library Project, and feel as though I have a firm understanding of what is expected of me and how I will be helping the organization with various tasks.

On the social media front I have been given the objective of creating a social media strategy for the organization.  So far I have been doing some research on just that topic through the databases I have access through San Jose State University and also through internet searches using Library and Information Science as my guiding light. The Lubuto Library Project has unique goals and objectives in serving the children of Zambia.  With this in mind, the social media policy will need to reach out to the various people who could potentially provide donations to the organization, and also help provide publicity for the organization and the great services they provide.

Secondly, on the social media front, I have been doing some networking on getting the Lubuto Library’s Facebook Page publicity and presenting the organization to friends, coworkers, professional contacts and more. When I began the internship with the organization, the Facebook page only had 67 “Likes”. As of today 2-4-13 @ 8 AM Central Time, that number has climbed to 333! I know it only may be 200+ people, but this is a great step in the right direction.  My goal by the end of February is to reach 400 “Likes” or more.  I also intend to help gain more followers on their other social media platforms in including Twitter, LinkedIn, Flickr, Pinterest, and Youtube.

Another project I am working on is involving an aspect of the special collections for the Lubuto Library Project. The organization provides multiple reading lessons and stories in the seven languages that are spoken within the countryside of Zambia.  Currently, the lists have too much truncation, and have some issues when opening them in Google Docs and other applications. So, I will be renaming all of the files, and arranging them in such a manner to help the lists to become more organized and easier to use for staff and the children as well. I look forward to completing this aspect of the website so the special collections can become more accommodating to everyone.

Lastly, as I had stated in last week’s post, I have been reading a few documents about the collections that the organization owns physically and the digital resources they provide to help myself accumulate a more complete understanding of how to develop a sound, and cohesive collection development policy. This will take considerable time to make a policy that is robust, but it will be worth the effort.

I am loving the internship, and the people I have been in contact within the organization thus far have been quite friendly and appreciative of my interest in aiding them in any way I can. Well, it is time to get some sleep. Until next week, Mucaale kabotu! (It means goodbye in Chitonga, one of the many languages spoken in Zambia!)

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/lubutolibraryproject?ref=ts&fref=ts

Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/LubutoLibrary

LinkedIn Page: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Friends-Lubuto-Libraries-4628443?gid=4628443&mostPopular=&trk=tyah

Flickr Page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lubutolibraryproject/

Pinterest Page:http://pinterest.com/lubutolibrary/

YouTube Page: https://www.youtube.com/user/LubutoLibrary

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