This program was run for all new members of the iSchool, spanning Library and Information Science students (including School Media* students), Information Management and Telecommunications and Network Management.
The main focus of the weekend was the group presentation, which was assigned to groups of people form each part of the iSchool and who had not previously met. We were given one evening to become experts in our fields...mine was campus surveillance. I can now tell you rather a lot about the ethics of video surveillance and all kinds of cameras that can be used. The presentation the following morning went well with a productive question and answer session and competitive grilling of the other group, who had tackled the same issue.
I am definitely feeling a bit like a fish out of water but then, as we commented in the very American evaluation session at the end of the weekend, getting out of your comfort zone is how we achieve more and push ourselves to new heights. You could say that that is what I am doing with this whole move to the States!
New York State Fair today and even had a Snickers wrapped in bacon and deep fried...welcome to America!
* in New York State school librarians need to have done a specific degree in order to be able to work in a school - interesting