Personal Learning Networks and Professional Learning Communities in Information Science


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  • I’m new here. This is what I thought it would be like.Embarking on PhD is like first day of new job. You’ve more than likely been out of school a while. There’s a lot to take in.Or first day of class freshman year of college. Campus is big. Teachers are authoritative. Students seem lost. Make a buddy. Find a student to guide you. Get the ins and outs.Other ways to connect with students before the beginning of class:Look at your library to find out who has PhDs…ask them about their experiences.Pay attention when someone mentions an area of research interest, or discusses methodologies they have used. File these away for later.Interview DayExample of TWUs Fall Forum/Orientation
  • Find a faculty member to share with you the likes and dislikes of fellow faculty. Who likes qualitative research? Quantitative? Who likes working with other people? Who on the faculty get along with each other?Knock on doors. Attend research presentations. Make yourself known.Learn about fellow students – who has published before? Who has gone through the preliminary/qualifying exam process?Don’t forget about those in others departments. I made a friend in the math department who just happens to teach statistics. Useful for a researcher, no? We are discussing a project of content analysis of the schools graduate catalog to show how statistics are taught in 6 different colleges/schools, but all seem to teach the same thing…Departments of reading, education, linguistics…not only will some of your discussions spark research ideas, but they can offer an ‘outsider’s’ perspective come time to prepare your dissertation, or even serve on your committee!
  • Talk about Face to face – AND – digital methodsTWU Blackboard exampleDissertation boot camps exampleAttend other student dissertation defenses – give them a few weeks and then use them!ALISE Doctoral Student SIGDon’t forget that a personal learning network is not just comprised of people. Methods of connecting and information resources are in there too.Students should try to map what and who they know that can help them through the process. Your classwork, library resources, social media, and professional memberships also contribute to your network.
  • Personal Learning Networks and Professional Learning Communities in Information Science

    1. 1. Professional Learning Communities & Personal Learning Networks in Information Science A panel of doctoral students ALISE 2012, Dallas
    2. 2. Valerie Hill Robin BartolettiTexas Womans University Texas Womans UniversitySchool of Library & Information Studies School of Library & Information StudiesDoctoral Candidate Doctoral Studentemail email Kris Helge Sian Brannon University of North Texas Texas Woman’s University College of Information School of Information Studies Doctoral Student Doctoral Student email email
    3. 3. PLN’s&PLC’s Personal Learning Networks Who do you go to with a personal question to help you continue on your quest for learning? Professional Learning Communities Who do you go to with a professional question to help you continue on your quest for learning?Nobody can keep up with emerging technology in isolation.
    4. 4. How can we extend our reach, expandour horizons, and create opportunities through PLN’s and PLC’s within Information Science professions?Valerie HillTexas Womans UniversitySchool of Library & Information StudiesDoctoral Candidateemail
    5. 5. Collaboration Across Distance• Blogs & RSS• Wikis• Social Media (FB& Twitter)• Nings& Networks• Online Communities• User-generated Content & Web 2.0• Virtual Worlds & Augmented Reality
    6. 6. Social NetworkingBest practices for PLN’s & PLC’s
    7. 7. Social Media in Libraries and Information Professions
    8. 8. Asynchronous NetworkingPhysical World Virtual World• Book study • Social Media• Committee work • Blogs• Exhibits • Listservs& email• Traditional methods • VW messages (Letters & files) • VW exploration
    9. 9. Synchronous NetworkingPhysical World Virtual World• Conferences • Social Media (live)• Workshops • Webinars• Committee meetings • Skype• F2F meetings • Virtual Worlds• Lunch or coffee!
    10. 10. How can you develop a PLC through sharing of digital content through environmental scanning and content creation in online communities?Robin BartolettiTexas Womans UniversitySchool of Library & Information StudiesDoctoral Studentemail
    11. 11. Environmental Scanning - Brown and Weiner (1985) define environmental scanning as "a kind of radar to scan the world systematically and signal the new, the unexpected, the major and the minor.”Content Curation - As Rohit Bhargava (2009) points out a content curator continually seeks, makes sense of, and shares the best and most relevant content on a particular topic online.
    12. 12. My Top 6 ToolsSearcheeze Resource Twitter Shelf Bundlr Kurat Scoop It
    13. 13. How can we share information about the legalities of Web 2.0, user- generated content in our PLC’s?Kris HelgeUniversity of North TexasCollege of InformationDoctoral Studentemail
    14. 14. How can doctoral students form a homegrown network of peers and faculty in their personal/professional learning network/community?Sian BrannonTexas Woman’s UniversitySchool of Information StudiesDoctoral Studentemail
    15. 15. Freshman Orientation• Before You Start• First Day• Orientation
    16. 16. Professors Galore• In class• In the halls• In the cyberhalls• In other departments
    17. 17. Now the How• CMS options• Boot camp• Hit the• pavement © Jen Hegna (Flickr)
    18. 18. Future Trends• Virtual Worlds• Augmented Reality
    19. 19. Q&A
    20. 20. ReferencesMastel, Kristen, and Dave Huston. 2009. Using video games to teach gamedesign: A gaming collection for libraries. Computers in Libraries 29, (3) (03/01):41-4.Morrison, J. L. (1992). Environmental scanning. In M. A. Whitely, J. D.Porter, and R. H. Fenske (Eds.), A primer for new institutional researchers (pp.86-99). Tallahassee, Florida: The Association for Institutional Research.Solomon, Laura. (2011). Doing Social Media so it Matters :A Librarians Guide .Chicago: American Library Association.Webber, Sheila and Diane Nahl. (2011). Sustaining Learning for LIS throughuse of a Virtual World. IFLA Journal (37)(1): 5-15.