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Mose

Hi folks

With EB forums closing, we need to get our burning questions off our chests.  Fluffy/serious/doesn't matter - add your question and contribute any answers.

Mose

We need to replace a full length window with a door to provide access to one side of the house.  I don't even know what sort of professional I call to come in and advise on design and managing this project.  So, does anyone know who to call when you have a minor project, but you need advice and may need to bring in planning or engineering but you just don't know?!

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Ozquoll

Medical one - what does it feel like to have a dry mouth due to Sjogrens Syndrome? Does your mouth feel kind of 'puffy' as well as dry?

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DQMission

Kind of a serious one but how do I tell if my son is emotionally disturbed when he wont engage with a psych? This year's creative folio work included a play about a suicidal person for drama, a radio play about an artefact that makes the finder kills other people for media and a sculpture of a gun for art.

We have had frank discussions and he can see where I am coming from and seems ok, but hard to say for sure. The characters in the plays do not reflect him or his values (they swear and smoke and DS hates both of those things) and the OT has suggested that he is exploring strong character traits. 

Additionally, is it ok that his OT sessions was cancelled this week (first session in six months ahead of school meeting next week) because the therapy assistant who was also going to attend had her puppy run away the day before?

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overlytired
48 minutes ago, Mose said:

Hi folks

With EB forums closing, we need to get our burning questions off our chests.  Fluffy/serious/doesn't matter - add your question and contribute any answers.

Mose

We need to replace a full length window with a door to provide access to one side of the house.  I don't even know what sort of professional I call to come in and advise on design and managing this project.  So, does anyone know who to call when you have a minor project, but you need advice and may need to bring in planning or engineering but you just don't know?!

We're getting new windows in a few weeks and looked at creating new openings. The window installer would have done that for us and organized an engineer if it was required. Some of the new windows will be bigger than the existing ones and they're taking care of all that (aside from some minor masonry work).
(Disclaimer: I'm in Canada but I can't imagine it's any different over there)

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overlytired
39 minutes ago, DQMission said:

Kind of a serious one but how do I tell if my son is emotionally disturbed when he wont engage with a psych? This year's creative folio work included a play about a suicidal person for drama, a radio play about an artefact that makes the finder kills other people for media and a sculpture of a gun for art.

We have had frank discussions and he can see where I am coming from and seems ok, but hard to say for sure. The characters in the plays do not reflect him or his values (they swear and smoke and DS hates both of those things) and the OT has suggested that he is exploring strong character traits. 

Additionally, is it ok that his OT sessions was cancelled this week (first session in six months ahead of school meeting next week) because the therapy assistant who was also going to attend had her puppy run away the day before?

DQM, your first question is way above my pay grade. I have nothing to add but I'm sorry you're dealing with this.

As to the OT session being cancelled: WTF? I would be livid.

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Bethlehem Babe

Can I do a PhD without being on campus? 

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CrankyM
2 minutes ago, Bethlehem Babe said:

Can I do a PhD without being on campus? 

I know someone who has done almost all of hers off campus. She comes in for the odd appointment or presentation but most of it hasn't involved being on campus. 

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caitiri
21 hours ago, DQMission said:

Kind of a serious one but how do I tell if my son is emotionally disturbed when he wont engage with a psych? This year's creative folio work included a play about a suicidal person for drama, a radio play about an artefact that makes the finder kills other people for media and a sculpture of a gun for art.

We have had frank discussions and he can see where I am coming from and seems ok, but hard to say for sure. The characters in the plays do not reflect him or his values (they swear and smoke and DS hates both of those things) and the OT has suggested that he is exploring strong character traits. 

Additionally, is it ok that his OT sessions was cancelled this week (first session in six months ahead of school meeting next week) because the therapy assistant who was also going to attend had her puppy run away the day before?

was there any reason why the appointment would have been useless without the therapy assistant? If not thenOT should have gone ahead and filled in the therapy assistant later.  
 

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CrankyM
3 hours ago, spr_maiden said:

Lastly,  worth it to do a masters of information studies?

I'm doing this at the moment... It's interesting. I guess it depends on what you want to do in an academic library. The diploma qualifies you are a library tech. They do a lot of the more technical stuff (cataloging, acquisitions, circulation, doc-del, interlibrary loans, collection maintenance, library services). A librarian is more about collection development, supporting researchers and teaching and learning, and depending on what area you might specialise in there are other areas. As for jobs. Well there are jobs. But, well, sometimes you might have to move, and there is not a huge number. You can hope onto ALIA and sign up for their recruitment newsletters to get an idea.

As for my degree. Well, I already have a Bachelor in the same field. Yet here I am still getting paid as a Senior Library Technician. I'm sooo going to be overqualified for my job by end of next year. And we also can't seem to fill the library tech position we have going because 1. we are remote, 2. it doesn't have enough hours to suit people, 3. the hours are the opposite of school hours and 4. finding anyone with the right qualifications is hard, especially as the public library pays better and doesn't even require a qualification for any position but librarian...

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DQMission
3 hours ago, caitiri said:

was there any reason why the appointment would have been useless without the therapy assistant? If not thenOT should have gone ahead and filled in the therapy assistant later.  
 

He had never met the therapy assistant before, so the meeting could definitely have gone on without her given it was meant to be a catch up with DS  about the planned school meeting which the assistant wouldnt have attended. The actual OT has now cancelled all sessions until further notice and gone back to live with her mum. Sounds like there is stuff going on for her. Its my older child's last week for his diploma course though and he was counting on her sessions as she was helping him finish up (by helping him plan out his work and talk through what he needed to do so he knew what to ask the teach teacher about) and had daily sessions booked which havent been handed over to anyone. 

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123Tree

My question is. Why is it important to have an Auslan signer at press conferences. Is there a reason that subtitles aren’t adequate. 
 

I think inclusivity is fantastic I just wonder what is added by seeing the signer. 

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Froyo

I think adding live subtitles would be far more problematic than using an Auslan interpreter. 

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IamOzgirl

Alan is much more emotive than reading a screen. And have you turned on subtitle on your TV? Full of inaccuracies. (When done live) which is not great in an emergency situation. 

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IamOzgirl
4 hours ago, spr_maiden said:

I'll miss you all...

Come join us over at everybump.com.au

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Ozquoll
7 minutes ago, 123Tree said:

My question is. Why is it important to have an Auslan signer at press conferences. Is there a reason that subtitles aren’t adequate. 
 

I think inclusivity is fantastic I just wonder what is added by seeing the signer. 

I love the signers, they're always so much more interesting than the the person making the speech!

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IamOzgirl
2 minutes ago, spr_maiden said:

yes, I joined, is it up and running now? 😊

Yep

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CrankyM
23 minutes ago, spr_maiden said:

Are you specialising at all? What in?

Data Management. Because it sounded interesting. Funny story, I started my Masters because I felt bored and work offered to reimburse me the course fees... After the stress it's caused I've told people to slap me if I decide to start another degree out of "boredom" again. Stupid brain that is likely has ADHD programming and requires constant stimulation.

There are a number of academic librarians who also do research too. Some roles even make that part of the position (Charles Sturt is one I know of off the top of my head). I like helping people. I'm sort of in an odd position that I'm the only librarian on our campus. So I actually do end up doing bits and pieces that are more librarian then tech related. Though I do a lot of tech stuff (though not at the moment as our system changeover is still not completely up and running and half my role involves what isn't running). Honestly, I fell into librarianship even though most of my year 12 cohort said I was most likely to end up as a librarian due to the copious number of books I read.

School libraries are interesting places (I did 3 weeks placement in a secondary school library. Teenagers are cool). They more often then not require a teaching degree as well as librarian degree though. And will sub you out to do teaching as needed. Another area that the M. Information Studies does is Records and Archives. Not many talk about it, but it can be an interesting area (I've done a few units relating to this and while it's not really my cup of tea, it is interesting. And often has more positions available because it covers a lot of areas like corporate, government, university etc.). I will say with the currently climate finding a position at a uni would be hard. They are shedding staff and most have some sort of freeze on. Places that work on Library management software also often have a library qualification. Most of the ex libris staff I've interacted with have degrees in librarianship. I guess you want people who actually understand the field to be working on the supporting software, programs and implementation of management software. Places like vendors will often employ people to create third party catalogue records too (even though I swear half of them are crap).

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Meepy

I started a masters in information management to become a school librarian, already being a teacher.  In Vic though the number of school librarians has dwindled so much and there are very few positions so I stopped very early on.  Lots of schools only have library techs running their libraries to the detriment of the students.  Library lessons were awesome but don't happen in many schools now.  

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L27
1 hour ago, 123Tree said:

My question is. Why is it important to have an Auslan signer at press conferences. Is there a reason that subtitles aren’t adequate. 
 

I think inclusivity is fantastic I just wonder what is added by seeing the signer. 

Because expressions and physical actions are way more expressive. 

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Bethlehem Babe
5 minutes ago, L27 said:

Because expressions and physical actions are way more expressive. 

Just as we use our tone and pace of our voice to emphasise or communicate, they use their body to get those parts of the message across. 

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Beanette
On 22/10/2020 at 12:31 PM, Bethlehem Babe said:

Can I do a PhD without being on campus? 

Depends what you're doing it in. I have been working entirely at home for this year, as have all my team. It's certainly possible, but you may need to have a supervisor who is happy to advocate for you to get past the University's red tape. 

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CrankyM
40 minutes ago, Meepy said:

 Lots of schools only have library techs running their libraries to the detriment of the students.  Library lessons were awesome but don't happen in many schools now.

So much research is showing this decreases the levels of literacy, engagement of students with literacy and general understanding in information seeking behaviours and literacy development. I recently read a research article which outlined how school librarians impact students and help develop engagement in literacy because they have the knowledge and ability to find appropriate leveled resources, alternatives etc. Its a real shame in lots of ways, because the work they do isn't often front and center. (I'm not saying techs don't have this, our school only has a tech running the library but she has massive amounts of background knowledge from working as a teacher previously too but teacher librarianship is fairly specific). Many private schools are now recognizing the importance of proper school librarians and making sure they are still in position. Whereas if you are a public school struggling already with not enough money then it's not a priority. And unfortunately this can be detrimental.

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CrankyM
Just now, spr_maiden said:

Though wondered if data management is more job ready friendly. 

Honestly? Not really. :rofl: this is from someone doing it. The data analysis unit is the most practical of all the data units. That was fun, I really enjoyed that unit actually. I wish the rest of the units had been like that. (Note I don't know the data preservation and curation unit because I wasn't able to do it. I'd done one of the two units they merged to create this one during my bachelor and stuffed myself up). I'd probably say go for the records/archives one.

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