Ashley West

  • Wow, Rachel. This is an absolutely incredible plan. It of course had me placing mentally placing David Bowie into all the labrinth images for obvious reasons but this plan is beautiful, creative, and necessary. I love your emphasis on mental health for teenagers and this is such a creative way to connect them. I also loved the future plans section…[Read more]

  • Ashley West commented on the post, Meditations on civility in the library, on the site 2 weeks ago

    Hi Kimberly, very compelling use of punctuation 🙂 I always thought fines were a way of hurting the lower classes the most. It doesn’t encourage trust, it implies patrons will misuse access to information and cannot be trusted. Thank you for your research and reflections!

  • Ashley West wrote a new post on the site Library Ouest 2 weeks, 2 days ago

    Reflection: Hyperlinked EnvironmentsPlease enjoy my reflections on Participatory & Post-Custodial Archives.

    • @ayeouest Thanks for this reflective slide deck. I was glad to learn about post custodial archives. So interesting to me and the concerns/things to consider were right on target.

    • Hi @ayeouest,
      I thought it was great that you used Canva slides to present this information. The design and animation were a wonderful choice, and it went well with the theme of your topic. It was also the first time that I noticed someone decided to take the museum and archival route as opposed to a library setting. I was especially interested in the archival metadate games, especially since I would like to learn more about that concept and how to strengthen my skills. Thank you for your incredible presentation!

  • Ashley West wrote a new post on the site Library Ouest 2 weeks, 2 days ago

    Reflection: Hyperlinked Communities Like a true addict, I woke up this morning and checked my email. This is part of my routine. Generally I delete a lot of them and […]

    • @ayeouest Not cheesy at all!

      I appreciate this reflections and all the connections you made to course resources and the focus of the class. The COR link is valuable and I will explore!

  • Ashley West commented on the post, Fluid Dates, on the site 2 weeks, 2 days ago

    Radical trust in action – Thanks so much!

  • Ashley West commented on the post, Radical Trust – Assignment X, on the site 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    Hi! There are definitely immeasurable challenges, and no one policy will be a perfect solution. The first thing I thought about with the LAUSD ban was what about emergency situations like lockdowns and active shooters, or what about students that need their phones to monitor blood sugar (like I do)? Blanket bans bring a lot of anxiety. It’s…[Read more]

  • Ashley West commented on the post, Radical Trust – Assignment X, on the site 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    I don’t actually work in LAUSD anymore. I work in Oakland now and my school has a policy that we collect phones at the start of class and then return them at the end of class. At first it was kind of a challenge and there was a lot of resistance, now students are pretty used to it and it only becomes a point of contention some of the time. I think…[Read more]

  • Ashley West commented on the post, Assignment X, on the site 2 weeks, 6 days ago

    Hi Carly! What a cool idea to embed sound bites into each of your slides, as you said, you are very creative. Thank you for your reflection on flat organizations and how they can be adopted in your own context. The progression of your slides was interesting, I liked the deep dive you did into the top companies that claim to implement a flat…[Read more]

  • Hi Jennifer! Thanks so much for these reflections on participatory sevices for children. I thought using a voiceover and prezi was a cool way of communicating the content you learned. I especially enjoyed the reflections on noise in library spaces. More and more I’m seeing libraries embrace programming that is LOUD and PROUD, by connecting with…[Read more]

  • Ashley West wrote a new post on the site Library Ouest 3 weeks ago

    Radical Trust – Assignment XPlease enjoy my reflections on Radical Trust… I tried endlessly to embed these slides into my blog but to no avail — has anyone else had this issue? They show up in the draft but then disappear upon publishing.

    • @ayeouest Great job! I love the idea of Yes and or Yes but.
      Okay I know this is not the topic of your assignment but since I know this is on your mind after such an announcement LAUSD IS BANNING CELL PHONES??!!!!!?????
      I do not work in LA County but I work in Kern County and often we follow suit to you guys, so I had to go read about it. The problem is in my mind is I can see both sides. As an educator I want my students attention, as a parent I want to be able to reach my children.
      How much more of a burden do you think this announcement will add to your day as an educator?

      • I don’t actually work in LAUSD anymore. I work in Oakland now and my school has a policy that we collect phones at the start of class and then return them at the end of class. At first it was kind of a challenge and there was a lot of resistance, now students are pretty used to it and it only becomes a point of contention some of the time. I think for the most part they understand why phones have become an issue in the classroom — I once had one student say “here, take it, I’m not addicted” lol. I understand LAUSDs response, but I think the full ban is going to be difficult to implement. I’m interested to see what they come up with.

    • Hi Ashley! Oof, I had some nice nostalgia reading your slideshow; I was obsessed with my Xanga. When I was a tween/teen, it felt so vital to post my thoughts and feelings and have those validated by friends (or even just have them out in the universe). Now, as a 30-year-old, I have taken a big step back from social media and it has helped improve my mental health in a big way. Our phones, technologies, and social media are such a mixed-bag. It often feels impossible to create a measured, non-reactive policy to dealing with the negatives that technology throws our way.

      I am drawn to the concept of radical trust, but I am not sure I can think of anytime I have actually seen it in action. Do you feel like you see any libararies or schools implementing it in a way you would want to emulate or try out in your own classroom? I wonder about the ways that we could infuse our library/school codes of conduct with more of the trust and vulnerability we hope to see in the world.

      • Hi! There are definitely immeasurable challenges, and no one policy will be a perfect solution. The first thing I thought about with the LAUSD ban was what about emergency situations like lockdowns and active shooters, or what about students that need their phones to monitor blood sugar (like I do)? Blanket bans bring a lot of anxiety. It’s extremely difficult to be non-reactive. I don’t necessarily think having radical trust means you have to be non-reactionary. Even when leading with radical trust, there will inevitably be breaks in that trust. Some of the examples in my slides are ways libraries are embracing tech, rather than banning it – having game nights, etc. Or offering free goods and rather expensive services with the hopes that people use it to their advantage and don’t take advantage. It also makes me think of that MindSpot video, where students were responsible for making the library their own. I think all of these are statements of radical trust. I guess the idea is trying to maintain a belief in the general good of the majority, and not focus on the few exceptions. My grandpa used to say that if people steal, they probably needed it. Doesn’t make it less hurtful, but it does put in perspective why libraries and educators offer the services we do – to help.

  • Yellowstone was otherworldly to say the least. My mind is blown.

  • Ashley West commented on the post, Behold! Our OPML File!, on the site 1 months ago

    Thank you! That makes sense. I will actually be in Traverse City this weekend! Hope Myrtle Beach has been rejuvenating.

  • Ashley West commented on the post, About me, on the site 1 months ago

    Love seeing all your pictures, what wonderful work experiences you’ve had! I look forward to sharing the experience of this class with you. Cheers!

  • Ashley West commented on the post, Behold! Our OPML File!, on the site 1 months ago

    Mission accomplished…I think!

    Just to be clear is this just another website that aggregates specific site information? So if I want to know who is posting what I go to Feedly and not this site? I guess I’m wondering what the benefits of Feedly are compared to just looking at the “Recent Comments” and “Recent Posts” sidebar on this site. I’m…[Read more]

  • Ashley West commented on the post, About me, on the site 1 months ago

    Wow to 5 courses and to teaching kinder during the pandemic. Wild! Best of luck this summer, you got this! 🙂
    I don’t have Jefferson, I’m in Luo’s section. Hoping it all goes well.

  • Ashley West commented on the post, About me, on the site 1 months ago

    Hi Carly! I am also taking INFO 284, a photo preservation class and INFO 285, the Applied Research Methods course. I’m glad to hear you got through last summer in one piece! Are you taking many classes this summer?

    I work in Oakland Unified, I really enjoy the school I work for.

    Nice to meet you too! Best of luck this summer 🙂

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