Building Your Professional Career with Networking


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Building Your Professional Career with Networking

  1. 1. Building Your Professional Careerwith NetworkingA school librarian’s perspective.Valerie J. Hill, PhDEthridge Elementary LibrarianLewisville ISDTWU Adjunct InstructorA Panel DiscussionTexas Library Association Convention 2013Fort Worth, Texas
  2. 2. Why is aWhy is aPLNPLNimperative?imperative?
  3. 3. Professional Networkingin Digital CultureMy school library is now in my pocket.
  4. 4. The Information Hierarchy has Toppled.
  5. 5. In the old hierarchy,information had gatekeepers.There were both pros and cons.
  6. 6. Who were the gatekeepers?(publishers, librarians, experts)If anyone can curate and publishonline, what happens?“…the news ethic that once propelledthese organizations is being displacedby a focus on dollars and cents, and by aresultant shift toward entertainmentand superficiality over investigation andanalysis.” p. 183
  7. 7. What is our role now?We can blaze new trails through professional networking.
  8. 8. flood gates of participatory culture have opened.
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  10. 10. Quick Side Note:Finding out who said it is NOT unimportant(intentional double negative here).Today, in addition to “citing” we can followon twitter.I looked up who said the quote on the lastside and now follow him.
  11. 11. Now we live in participatoryculture.We are online 24-7.My library is in my pocket.The only way I can learn howto prepare my students for“thriving online” is throughprofessional networking.This book was written wayback in 2012!
  12. 12. JOB #1: Preparing students for participatory culture
  13. 13. Two PersonasNot just 1!Identity in Physical Space Identity Online
  14. 14. WhereWhere are you virtually visible?You certainly do not HAVE to be on any single content creation/curation site.Choose purposefully.
  15. 15. WHO are you online?Consider a personal mission statement.Do your digital footprints reflect yourpurpose, your vision, your passion(expressed or inferred)?
  16. 16. Valerie Hill, PhDAdjunct Instructor Library ScienceSchool LibrarianInformation Literacy SpecialistPast President Beta Phi MuACRL VWIG Convener 2012-2013Valibrarian in Virtual WorldsBlog: ValibrarianTwitter @valibrarianMachinimatographerVirtual Exhibits, MOOCs, EmergingTechnology
  17. 17. Who is Valibrarian?“My goal is to help students and lifelonglearners navigate the “sea of chaos” asinformation seekers in physical, virtualand augmented worlds.”
  18. 18. “Val” + “Librarian”= my professional brand.I put my professional image in my online name.It just happened, but now I am glad it did.Anne Frank Virtual World Museum & MOOC
  19. 19. Be who you are!Physical, Virtual, or AugmentedPhysical World Librarian Virtual World LibrarianBe willing to explore and share new formats: AugmentedReality, Gamification, User-generated Content, ContentCuration, MOOCs and whatever else emerges.
  20. 20. Professional NetworkingTopics to Follow (currently):• Information literacy in the digital age• Emerging tech trends in information &education (example- MOOCs, AugmentedReality, Gamification)• Best tools for sharing content (Web 2.0,Content Curation)• Digital citizenship• 21stCentury learning standards
  21. 21. How can you develop your online professional image?Authenticity, Transparency, and Trust (Are you the real YOU?)
  22. 22. Professional networking is open-minded.We learn froma variety of perspectives…..Many colors!
  23. 23. Learn from our colleagues.
  24. 24. Balancing personal / professional
  25. 25. Can we information professionals model digital citizenship?“Young people announce every detail oftheir lives on services like Twitter not toshow off, but to avoid the closed door atbedtime, the empty room, the screamingvacuum of an isolated mind.” p. 180“What “self-expression” does not mean is themaking of art- of any kind of art, popular orhigh.” p. 53
  26. 26. Participatory culture contributes to the flood ofinformation online.
  27. 27. Teaching Digital Citizenship& 21stCentury Learning
  28. 28. We all live in virtual communities now(whether or not you have an avatar).
  29. 29. My current favorite networking tools:• Twitter• Virtual worlds (Cost effective presentations)• Content curation (ScoopIt, Zite, Flipboard)• RSS (Google Reader RIP- now Feedly)• Slideshare, Google Hangouts, Youtube• LinkedIN• Google appsBe willing to learn a new tool and let go of an old one.
  30. 30. WIKIS
  31. 31. Example: Ning
  32. 32. Professional OrganizationsPersonal Choice: Where can you learn and where can you contribute?
  33. 33. “It may be that the great age of libraries is waning, but I amhere to tell you that the great age of librarians is justbeginning. It’s up to you to decide if you want to be a part ofit.”~T. Scott Plutchak
  34. 34. BibliographyALA (2012). Standards for the 21stCentury Learner. A. and R. Leston. (2012). Beyond the Blogosphere: Informationand Its Children. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, LLC.Bigfoto (2012), Scott. (2007). We’re All Journalists Now. New York: Free Press.Lanier, J. (2011). You are not a gadget. New York: Random House.Rheingold, Howard. (2012) Netsmart: How to Thrive Online.Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.Seigel, Lee. (2008). Against the Machine: Being Human in the Age ofthe Electronic Mob. New York: Spiegel &Grau.Solomon, Laura. (2011). Doing Social Media so it Matters :A LibrariansGuide . Chicago: American Library Association.