PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN CHALLENGING TIMES:  TOOLS & TECHNIQUES FOR KEEPING CURRENT WITH LIMITED RESOURCES Rebecca K. M...
“ Professional Development” <ul><li>New knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>New skills </li></ul><ul><li>Increase professional cap...
A whole new world… <ul><li>Professional development has always been an important consideration for the information profess...
Areas of Development <ul><li>Service skills </li></ul><ul><li>Reference techniques </li></ul><ul><li>Outreach </li></ul><u...
Responsibility <ul><li>Professional development is an organizational,  and an individual,  responsibility </li></ul><ul><l...
We spend how much?!  <ul><li>A recent survey (Primary Research Group’s Survey of Academic Librarians) indicates that U.S. ...
A few solutions… <ul><li>The American Library Association now offers committee seats to “virtual members,” and committees ...
Better solutions? <ul><li>BUT:  $0 > </li></ul><ul><li>How do we achieve $0— </li></ul><ul><li>And gain the skills we need...
More research <ul><li>The same Primary Research Group report indicates that librarians spend about 20 minutes a day readin...
Various Tools  <ul><li>Webinars </li></ul><ul><li>Organizational websites </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Twitte...
Websites—still relevant! <ul><li>Nebraska STAR Reference Manual </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// www.nlc.state.ne.us/Ref/star...
Webinars & Online Courses <ul><li>Five Weeks to a Social Library:  http://www.sociallibraries.com/course/ </li></ul><ul><l...
More Webinars… <ul><li>VLA Blog/Continuing Education: </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.vla.org/wordpress / </li></ul><ul><li>...
Organizational courses/publications <ul><li>EDUCAUSE:  www.educause.edu </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Certification, Education, Tr...
Blogs <ul><li>Examples: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>librarian.net </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>theshiftedlibrarian </li></ul></ul>...
Let the information come to you <ul><li>RSS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Send blog posts, and other “updates” to your email </li>...
Twitter feeds <ul><li>Be a Twitter voyeur, regardless of your desire to tweet </li></ul><ul><li>(A few) top library-relate...
Interesting example… <ul><li>Earlier this month, Bobbi Newman (librarianbyday.net) posted about using Twitter on her  blog...
HootSuite  The different accounts I manage <ul><li>All of the accounts that “VT Libraries” follows: </li></ul><ul><li>ALA ...
Facebook pages <ul><li>Be a Facebook voyeur, regardless of your desire to “connect” </li></ul><ul><li>Many organizations a...
My FB “learning network” Conferences, library leaders, library organizations, and libraries all use FB as a marketing tool...
University (and other) courses <ul><li>For librarians interested in gaining subject-specific knowledge without investing i...
“ Shared” presentations <ul><li>Many professionals upload instruction sessions, how-to’s and other presentations to sites ...
Wikis  <ul><li>Libraries have truly embraced wiki technology </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Create your own, or </li></ul></ul><ul>...
Professional Reading <ul><li>Goodreads </li></ul><ul><li>Open Access Journals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>DOAJ:  Library & Infor...
Other ways of sharing <ul><li>Social bookmarking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Delicious </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digg </li></ul...
A different perspective <ul><li>Chances are, you are an expert on some topic </li></ul><ul><li>How can you share your know...
Pulling it all together… <ul><li>The choices for free professional development are overwhelming </li></ul><ul><li>You need...
Roundtable Discussion <ul><li>Let’s share tips and ideas for taking control of our own professional development and contin...
Questions? <ul><li>Thank you! </li></ul><ul><li>Rebecca K. Miller </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>www....
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Professional Development in Challenging Times: Tools and Techniques for Keeping Current with Limited Resources

  1. 1. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN CHALLENGING TIMES: TOOLS & TECHNIQUES FOR KEEPING CURRENT WITH LIMITED RESOURCES Rebecca K. Miller, Virginia Tech Libraries VLA 2010 Portsmouth, VA
  2. 2. “ Professional Development” <ul><li>New knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>New skills </li></ul><ul><li>Increase professional capabilities </li></ul><ul><li>Personal development </li></ul><ul><li>Learning activities </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain or enhance one’s competence </li></ul><ul><li>Work with a mentor </li></ul><ul><li>Social networking </li></ul>
  3. 3. A whole new world… <ul><li>Professional development has always been an important consideration for the information professional </li></ul><ul><li>The dynamic “library” environment magnifies this importance </li></ul>
  4. 4. Areas of Development <ul><li>Service skills </li></ul><ul><li>Reference techniques </li></ul><ul><li>Outreach </li></ul><ul><li>Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Subject specific topics </li></ul><ul><li>Human resources/staff relations </li></ul><ul><li>Instruction aids and ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Hot topics and issues (copyright, privacy, etc.) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Responsibility <ul><li>Professional development is an organizational, and an individual, responsibility </li></ul><ul><li>You need to know about the tools that will get you where you want to be, regardless of how much money or time you currently have </li></ul><ul><li>Additionally, we now need to consider different types of professional development opportunities </li></ul>
  6. 6. We spend how much?! <ul><li>A recent survey (Primary Research Group’s Survey of Academic Librarians) indicates that U.S. academic librarians spend an average of $1,484 on costs associated with library conferences, per year </li></ul><ul><li>This number, coupled with many universities’ shrinking travel budgets presents a major issue </li></ul>
  7. 7. A few solutions… <ul><li>The American Library Association now offers committee seats to “virtual members,” and committees often meet via ALAConnect or Skype rather than attending the costly meetings </li></ul><ul><li>ACRL and other groups now offer “webinars” rather than in-person seminars, in order to bring the content to the professionals </li></ul>
  8. 8. Better solutions? <ul><li>BUT: $0 > </li></ul><ul><li>How do we achieve $0— </li></ul><ul><li>And gain the skills we need to be competitive and thrive in the current library environment? </li></ul>
  9. 9. More research <ul><li>The same Primary Research Group report indicates that librarians spend about 20 minutes a day reading print publications and blogs: is this professional development? </li></ul><ul><li>YES! </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s consider a few nontraditional tools that are extremely relevant to your professional development needs… </li></ul>
  10. 10. Various Tools <ul><li>Webinars </li></ul><ul><li>Organizational websites </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter, Facebook, other social networks </li></ul><ul><li>Free, online university courses </li></ul><ul><li>“ Shared” Presentations (Slideshare, YouTube, Facebook) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Often include specific “how-to’s” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Old-fashioned tools: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Books and journals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>People (you and your colleagues) </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Websites—still relevant! <ul><li>Nebraska STAR Reference Manual </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// www.nlc.state.ne.us/Ref/star/star.html </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Internet Library for Librarians </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// itcompany.com/inforetriever / </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Answering Reference Questions Using the Internet </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.bcpl.gov.bc.ca/lsb/cltp/Courses/Appendices/InternetRef.htm </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Dewey and the Alien </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://library.thinkquest.org/5002/Alien/alien.htm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Thanks to Stephanie Wilkes, Ouachita Parish PL </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Webinars & Online Courses <ul><li>Five Weeks to a Social Library: http://www.sociallibraries.com/course/ </li></ul><ul><li>W3C Schools Online Tutorials: http://www.w3schools.com/ </li></ul>
  13. 13. More Webinars… <ul><li>VLA Blog/Continuing Education: </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.vla.org/wordpress / </li></ul><ul><li>NEFLIN: http:// www.w3schools.com/ </li></ul>
  14. 14. Organizational courses/publications <ul><li>EDUCAUSE: www.educause.edu </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Certification, Education, Training, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and Tutorials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>7 Things You Should Know </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Horizon Report </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(Annual) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>LOC Web Guide </li></ul><ul><li>www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/libsci/guides.html </li></ul><ul><li>Check out the “current awareness” pages </li></ul>
  15. 15. Blogs <ul><li>Examples: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>librarian.net </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>theshiftedlibrarian </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Travelin’ Librarian </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Confessions of a </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Science Librarian </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Annoyed Librarian </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mashable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Arts & Letters Daily </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chronicle of Higher Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Library Garden </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Let the information come to you <ul><li>RSS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Send blog posts, and other “updates” to your email </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use Feed Readers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Google </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bloglines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FeedReader </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ping.fm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gist </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Twitter feeds <ul><li>Be a Twitter voyeur, regardless of your desire to tweet </li></ul><ul><li>(A few) top library-related accounts: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>LISNews </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Library Journal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ALANews </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SLJournal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LISWire </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Twitter “managers” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>HootSuite ( http:// hootsuite.com ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TweetDeck ( http:// www.tweetdeck.com ) </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Interesting example… <ul><li>Earlier this month, Bobbi Newman (librarianbyday.net) posted about using Twitter on her blog: </li></ul>
  19. 19. HootSuite The different accounts I manage <ul><li>All of the accounts that “VT Libraries” follows: </li></ul><ul><li>ALA accounts </li></ul><ul><li>Database </li></ul><ul><li>accounts </li></ul><ul><li>Organizational </li></ul><ul><li>accounts </li></ul>Our stream
  20. 20. Facebook pages <ul><li>Be a Facebook voyeur, regardless of your desire to “connect” </li></ul><ul><li>Many organizations and library leaders post things in FB that don’t appear other places </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet Librarian </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>American Libraries Magazine </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Library Journal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Library & Information Technology Association </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Library programs/schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Specific leaders (Joe Murphy, Lisa Carlucci Thomas, etc.) </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. My FB “learning network” Conferences, library leaders, library organizations, and libraries all use FB as a marketing tool— It’s free, easy to use (relatively), and extremely pervasive.
  22. 22. University (and other) courses <ul><li>For librarians interested in gaining subject-specific knowledge without investing in a new degree, that goal has never been easier to attain </li></ul><ul><li>Free, online courses: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MIT ( http:// ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/web/home/home/index.htm ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Yale ( http:// oyc.yale.edu / ) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Podcasts (iTunes U): over 250,000 free coures, videos </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Library of Congress </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Software </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Languages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Much, much more </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. “ Shared” presentations <ul><li>Many professionals upload instruction sessions, how-to’s and other presentations to sites that allow them to share their knowledge </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Slideshare </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Search for “library management” or “gaming in libraries” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>YouTube </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>YouTube EDU, search for specific how-to’s </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facebook </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tutorials hosted in FB: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Houston-TX/LSC-North-Harris-Library/75136419361 </li></ul></ul></ul>
  24. 24. Wikis <ul><li>Libraries have truly embraced wiki technology </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Create your own, or </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>collaborate with </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>other institutions using </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PBWorks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MediaWiki </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikispaces </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wetpaint </li></ul></ul>Collaboration http://www.libsuccess.org/index.php?title=Library_Success:_A_Best_Practices_Wiki
  25. 25. Professional Reading <ul><li>Goodreads </li></ul><ul><li>Open Access Journals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>DOAJ: Library & Information Science titles (doaj.org) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Current Cites (lists.webjunction.org) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LibDex (libdex.com) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>BUBL Journals (bubl.ac.uk/journals) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E-Prints in Library & Information Science (eprints.rclis.org) </li></ul></ul>My “professional” bookshelf, shared with others and linked to other, related books
  26. 26. Other ways of sharing <ul><li>Social bookmarking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Delicious </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Digg </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>StumbleUpon </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reddit </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reading groups </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Have monthly meetings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rotate leadership/instruction responsibilities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Select a reading for each meet-up </li></ul></ul>
  27. 27. A different perspective <ul><li>Chances are, you are an expert on some topic </li></ul><ul><li>How can you share your knowledge in a way that might help develop others professionally? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Write, or co-write a blog or other type of publication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create or contribute to a Delicious, Twitter, or Facebook account </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facilitate a reading group or series of sessions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Write and distribute an internal “newsletter”on relevant issues or topics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a collaborative site on Ning or with wiki software for sharing ideas </li></ul></ul>
  28. 28. Pulling it all together… <ul><li>The choices for free professional development are overwhelming </li></ul><ul><li>You need a management plan </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What do you regularly look at/subscribe to? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How often? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What will you use as reference resources? </li></ul></ul>
  29. 29. Roundtable Discussion <ul><li>Let’s share tips and ideas for taking control of our own professional development and continuing education… </li></ul><ul><li>Consider, even money saving tips that you use while attending conferences (such as VLA) </li></ul>
  30. 30. Questions? <ul><li>Thank you! </li></ul><ul><li>Rebecca K. Miller </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>www.slideshare.net/millerrk </li></ul><ul><li>twitter.com/vtlibraries </li></ul><ul><li>Search for “Virginia Tech Libraries” on Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>Search for “VT Sci-Tech Lib Team” on Facebook </li></ul>

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