Growing Your Professional Learning Network

Sitting here in the snow in Cheyenne, WY after a wonderful day at the at Wyoming Library Association’s 2013 conference.

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I promised the participants in my second session, Growing Your Professional Learning Network, a listing of my sources as a blog post just as I did in the first session (you can find those here). So, here is what we talked about along with the resources I mentioned.

Once you have established some connections within your professional learning network (PLN) you can then start to collaborate and share. To do this you can join collaborative groups or start sharing via social networks:

Collaborative groups to join:

 Library 2.0 (librarians from all professions)

Teacher Librarian Ning (mainly for teacher librarians)

Social network sharing: Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and many, many more…

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We focused a great deal on Twitter and getting the most out of it. I mentioned using Twubs hashtag directory to find hashtags to use and then talked about these two sites to help with finding individuals to follow: http://www.libsuccess.org/index.php?title=Twitter

https://sites.google.com/site/whytwitterstls/who-should-i-follow-

Both of these sites have information about using Twitter, but I also discovered this site that will provide you with resources on using Twitter and navigating through it: http://www.philb.com/twitterforlibrarians.htm.

I also mentioned getting to creating part and one way to do that is through blogs: WordPress and Blogger. If you don’t like to write there are other ways to create content and share. I mentioned doing a vlog, podcast, create a website, share content within one of the collaboration groups, post information on a wiki or a webpage (suggest Google Sites, Weebly, WixWikispaces or PBWorks)…the possibilities are endless.

If you need any more information or would like to network, please contact me using the form below. Enjoy!

 

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