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This presentation outlines the process of developing my own personal learning network (PLN). Includes mission statement, goals, scope, objectives, resources, management strategies and successes. This …

This presentation outlines the process of developing my own personal learning network (PLN). Includes mission statement, goals, scope, objectives, resources, management strategies and successes. This was pulled together as a class project but way overdue for its application to professional development, lifelong learning, and scholastic endeavors. While complex in its current status, though, the PLN is constantly transformative - it will grow, it will change, and it will evolve just as the people, situations, and understandings within my life will also change. That's the beauty of an active personal learning network!

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  • 1. My Personal Learning Network By Elaine Hall
  • 2. A New Culture of Learning A personal learning network (PLN) can be defined as a group of people with whom you connect to interact and exchange information and resource; share knowledge, experience and ideas, collecting and creating an informed guide to professional development opportunities and continual learning” (Howlett, 2011, p. 2) Image source: content/uploads/2012/09/headthink.jpg
  • 3. No One Learns Alone “We define the activity of professional networking as the act of making connections with other professionals, with or without the intention of making long–term ties with them” - Rajagopal, 2012
  • 4. Value of A Personal Learning Network  Enables and provides support for learning  Increases access and effectiveness of learning  Connects with people in spite of geographical distances  Complements face to face communication  Contributes to professional development  Fosters transformative learning
  • 5. Planning my Personal Learning Network In a physical world where we aim to separate our professional and personal endeavors in an effort to find balance, my PLN allows the blending of all my interests to come together in one place where exploration, networking, and fun will be unlimited.
  • 6. Mission Statement My PLN will…  be transparent and open for others to view, to participate, and to learn from  foster lifelong learning for myself and others  permit both creativity and curiosity  be used to share ideas, to play, to have fun, and to continuously explore.
  • 7. Goal "Establishing a personal learning network is an approach to meet constantly evolving professional goals, learning needs, and objectives" (Howlett, 2011, p. 1)  Commit to lifelong learning  Constantly add to my skillset  Develop professional identity  Curate information  Find a mentor – be a mentor  Foster balance between professional and personal life Photo source:
  • 8. Scope Academic Libraries Information Literacy Information Technology Research Methodology Reference Services Online Learning Assessment Learning Environments Social/Hyperlinked Media The scope of my PLN is to focus on issues and trends relating to academic librarianship and will include a strong focus on the following areas:
  • 9. Objectives  Connect  Contribute  Converse  Request
  • 10. Connect  Meet new people  Join communities  Find a mentor – be a mentor  Follow leading experts  Follow colleagues
  • 11. Contribute  Join a conversation  Start a conversation  Ask a question  Share experiences  Share projects  Share knowledge
  • 12. Converse  Explore and reconcile ideas  Solve problems  Learn with others  Respond to questions  Participate in conversations  Connect by sharing personal interests
  • 13. Request “In circles of educators who connect online, making a request is acceptable and welcome. You’ll find that you’ll receive much higher quality answers and support by asking your network, than you will by simply searching online.” Wagner, 2012  Learn from leaders and experts  Access wide range of opinions  Prompt Reflection  Drive professional growth
  • 14. Twitter Who I’m Following (the short list) @maureenala @janholmquist @charbooth @pollallda @sabram @rdlankes @mstephens7 @sjsuslis @libwardrobe @ARLnews @pewinternet @hacklibschool @marc_crompton @nancy-pear @TheLIB @theviewTV @libraryjournal @zenbrarian @librarianbyday @edudemic Photo Source: Purpose: To engage To share To discover To learn To retweet To comment To contribute To reflect To reflect To inquire To advise To support To collaborate To engage “I know my work and perception of my role has been transformed since I joined Twitter and other networks, and it has been because I wanted it to.” (David Hopkins, 2013) @ElaineBurkeHall
  • 15. Purpose: To explore To categorize To focus on key areas - Literacy - PLNs - Assessment - Libraries - Learning - Research Pinterest Sample of My Boards I have used Pinterest for personal interests for the past year, but only recently did I discover the value of academic, library-related connectedness through this network.
  • 16. MY Groups: • American Library Association • Library 2.0 • New Academic Librarians: Neworking to Success • Social Media for Libraries • Digital Libraries • INALJ • LIS Career Options SJSU ALASC • SLISConnect • Washington Library Association • WebJunction • Internet Librarian LinkedIn Photo source: 6238169/sizes/m/in/photostream/ Purpose: • To develop professional networks • To merge prior career to future career • To build upon experience • To explore new opportunities • For job searching • For connecting and learning • To promote scholastic and professional achievements • To highlight professional interests • To engage in community
  • 17. Google+ Purpose: • To develop professional networks • To participate in topic-focused communities • For connecting and learning • To organize contacts into circles and distribute information accordingly
  • 18. Netvibes Bringing it all together! Purpose • Netvibes is a platform that allows you bring it all together! • Dashboards for curating the latest on areas of interest • Social dashboard allows you to view all your social feeds in one place • Quickly link directly to relevant and timely information My Information Technology Dashboard My Academic Libraries Dashboard
  • 19. Netvibes RSS Aggregator Netvibes is a great resource for RSS aggregation. Not only can you setup a dashboard to view all your rss feeds one place, you can also add specific feeds to your dedicated dashboards. I found the flexibility of Netvibes as an attractive way to adjust when, where and how I access my information.
  • 20. Blogs I Follow Brazen Careerist SJSU SLIS Career Blog Hack Library School - Tame the Web Librarian in Black Mashbable: Pop Goes the Librarian Library History Bluff Blog The Practical Librarian The Ubiquitous Librarian Free Range Librarian Technology Enhanced Learning Blog Digibook Librarian David Lee King Unshelved LIS News: Adventures in Library Librarian by Day "Blogs by their very nature are tentative works in progress. They have the character of playfulness, which is core to the new culture of learning. They can be experimental in nature, used to test and refine ideas. But at their base, they serve as a means to kick-start a collective around conversations about ideas that spring from the personal" (ebook loc. 806).
  • 21. My New Blog Purpose: • Share my ideas and understanding • Reflect on my learning • Start conversations • Share LIS News • Talk about Research
  • 22. A Well Developed Network…
  • 23. Its like having the world in your hands!
  • 24. Fine Tuning the PLN Essential Tools For Immersion & Success!
  • 25. Tools for Sharing  Slideshare – for sharing presentations  Flickr – for sharing photos  Google Docs –for sharing documents  You Tube – for sharing videos and presentations -
  • 26. Tools for Searching  Netvibes  Scoop It  Pinterest  King Library Databases  LibGuides  Google Scholar
  • 27. Tools for Organizing  Netvibes (dashboards)  Mindmeister (mindmaps)  Delicious (bookmarking)
  • 28. Maintaining My Personal Learning Network “It is well worth the investment to one day have a 24/7 global network to tap into whenever you’re in need – or simply want to learn something new” (Wagner, 2012).
  • 29. Maintaining My Network  Contribute at least one blog post per week  Participate in at least 3 discussions per week  Connect/follow those I meet in discussions  Tweet and re-tweet daily  Connect by sharing personal interests as well as professional interests
  • 30. Maintaining My Network  Re-evaluate dashboards and collections at each life milestone  Review blogs every six months – weed out inactive ones  Network at live events, receptions, conferences  Introduce others within my network and ask to be introduced
  • 31. Be Patient  Building a PLN doesn’t happen quickly  It takes time to make connections  It takes time to build relationships  It takes participation to determine the value of a community  It takes perseverance when you receive no comments or replies  It requires patience to build your social presence
  • 32. Be Authentic “Don’t try to game the system, worry to much about your online “brand,” or in any way cajole people into following you or responding to you The more you reveal your humanity the more people will trust you, identify with you, and respond to your reflections and appeals. More importantly, the more you seek out the humanity in others, the more they will want to connect with you – and share with you.” Wagner, 2012
  • 33. Real Results From My PLN: Inquired about favorite tools and resources from graduate students in a MLIS program via Facebook SLIS Students group Result: over 13 responses with over 20 suggestions. Not only resulted as a tremendous resource for my project, but also resulted in shared file for future students to access the recommendations. PLN in Action
  • 34. Real Results From My PLN: Used Pinterest to do a search on PLN’s. Received numerous resources, suggestions, presentations, mindmap, etc. to reflect upon for my own PLN development. PLN in Action Result: This led to developing my own Pinterest PLN board which has since been followed by others
  • 35. Real results from my PLN: Shared a project idea with a colleague via Twitter who forwarded the idea to a leading professional who is working on a similar project. Result: Received an invite to connect, shared ideas, and am now following each other and each other’s project. PLN in Action
  • 36. Elaine Hall MLIS Graduate Student San Jose State University Blog: Twitter: @ElaineBurkeHall LinkedIn: Elaine Hall Google+: