Sunday, January 12, 2014

New Year, Time to Tweak Your PLN

It’s 2014 and with the New Year it’s a prime opportunity to reflect on your Personal Learning Network (PLN).  It was interesting to view the results of Naomi Bates’s recent survey on your PLN.  There is not one formula in our profession to “follow” for the most opportune PLN.  You must ask yourself, “Does my PLN help me grow, stay connected, or motivate me to delve into new and exciting areas in my current position?” Our profession as librarians has gone global and in order for you to stay current with the fast paced change, you must come up with a process to help support you as a passionate 21st Century librarian. Take this time to reflect on and evaluate your PLN.  Weed out those who you have no common interests and add progressive thinking professionals that bring concrete ideas into your program. 

I know the issues you face include:
  • Not enough time
  • Overwhelming with your current responsibilities
  • You find the process confusing
  • With so many choices you must choose a few
  • Not interested in learning
  • You follow people but you don't interact

     The choices for developing a PLN also include:
  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  •  Facebook
  • Podcasting
  • Webinars
  • Skype, Facetime, and Google Hangout
  • LinkedIn
  •  Google+
  • TLC 
  • TLA
  • Professional Organizations
      As a moderator of #TXLCHAT, I invite you to help expand and grow your PLN through the bimonthly chats.  Mark these dates on your calendar and participate in these awesome events 8:00-9:00 p.m. CST.  Whether you lurk or comment this is an opportunity to learn from a community of librarians for librarians.

Mark your calendar with these dates:
January 14 – It’s All About Your Library Website
January 28 – Live chat with Matt de la Pena
February 11 – TBA
February 25 – Awesome special guest!
March 11 – TBA
March 25 – TBA
April 8 – Highlights on TLA
April 22 – TBA
May 13 - TBA
May 27 - End of Season Wrap Up

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