Month: January 2016

New year, new service in Essex

I heard today about a new service started by an English conductor in Essex. Stephanie Driver has set up in Brentwood offering Conductive Education sessions for children. She also teaches yoga and meditation, offers  yoga for children who have disabilities, and chair yoga for adults who have movement difficulties / disabilities.

 

She can be found on the Where Conductors Work map at

http://www.e-conduction.org/where-conductors-work/

If you wish to know more,  please email her at stephanie_driver@yahoo.com

 

Good luck, Stephanie!

Information, information everywhere

To me, one of the most important parts of being a Librarian has always meant helping people to find the information they want, either from the library they are in or from another source using skills learnt  to search the resources available.

Since the advent of the Internet  and the World Wide Web everything has changed. There is so much information available it is difficult to sort the wheat from the chaff.

Yesterday I was sent this link which reports on an example of the new skills that Librarians have to learn now and how these can be shared.

http://digital.vpr.net/post/greene-navigating-internet#stream/0

The librarian says:

…it’s no longer a question of there not being enough information out there, but of there being too much. “There’s more filtering in the librarian’s job now,….People need help discerning good solid sources from the rest.”

The report goes on to describe a group tutorial of searching for information and sorting out what is appropriate and what is not, lead by a librarian. All involved were very pleased with the results.

I am not sure how much of this sort of help is available to those studying and researching Conductive Education. It is not a subject with much academic interest or publication and most of what is available on-line is not of the best quality.

Meeting users’ needs was an  aspect that I really enjoyed when I was working as a librarian in Conductive Education and my knowledge of the library holdings and methods of searching usually bore the right fruit.

I hope that I can still do this with my knowledge of the subject,  limited physical resources, the virtual library catalogue, and connection to the Internet.

Accessing Information, the Media and Conductive Education

We have never had more access to information, yet we are arguably more ignorant than ever before…’
 
I have been involved in the published communication and record of Conductive Education now for some twenty years, ever more concerned about the state of ‘the literature’, especially in recent years. I think that I have come across one reason that might help understand what has been happening in this recent time.

My nephew, Iain Akerman,  is an experienced highly thought-of journalist and I have always found his work interesting and well researched. This latest article posted on his blog, originally published in Campaign, November 2015,  is no exception.

http://iainakerman.com/2015/12/29/media-blindness-and-our-narrowing-world-view/

Whilst reading this it occurred to me that all he had to say could be applied to the world of Conductive Education. Most public communication between those working and involved in CE, takes place via social media, with brief comments and announcements, and the world press has little or no interest at all in discussing or reporting the facts about it. Most press coverage tends to be in local newspapers announcing fundraising events and reporting amounts raised for a particular local centre.

As there seems to be a general trend worldwide to accept the news as given by those with control over the media, as Iain suggests,  perhaps CE will continue to be out there in the wilderness. Of no interest.

 

Ready for 2016

The past few months for me have been fraught with technical problems, getting a new computer, and sorting out getting started again. Hopefully all is well now and I can get back to posting, cataloguing and working on the latest project for publication by Conductive Education Press in 2016.

The year 2015 has been one of financial difficulties, closure and change for all those involved in Conductive Education, resulting in little in the way of new developments. The main item of news has been the appointment of a new rector at the Andras Peto College, Andrea Zsebe

http://www.conductive-world.info/2015/11/new-rector-for-paf.html

She has announced hope of new partnerships in CE and plans for a masterate.

I wonder what 2016 will bring!

 I wish a Happy New Year to you all.