Unveiling of a Professional Development Portal at University Libraries


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Presentation delivered during a training session for the VT University Libraries Research & Instructional Services department on February 10, 2011.

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Unveiling of a Professional Development Portal at University Libraries

  1. 1. <ul><li>Unveiling of a </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Development Portal </li></ul>RIS Training Workshop February 10, 2011 Rebecca K. Miller College Librarian for Science, Life Sciences, and Engineering
  2. 2. <ul><li>Inspiration from other CFP sites </li></ul><ul><li>Desire for a centralized place for CFP and other professional development resources </li></ul><ul><li>LFA Mentoring Committee sponsorship </li></ul><ul><li>Confluence of the tools, ideas, and support </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Decided to use Blogger to host the site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Free </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tied into Google accounts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy! </li></ul></ul>The beginning
  3. 3. http://pd-vtl.blogspot.com/
  4. 4. The components <ul><li>CFPs, Calls for Participation, Calls for Contributions </li></ul><ul><li>Webinar repository </li></ul><ul><li>VT professional development options </li></ul><ul><li>Recommendations for Web 2.0 people and organizations to “follow” (Facebook, blogs, Twitter) </li></ul><ul><li>Upcoming conferences </li></ul><ul><li>Recommendations for publications & websites </li></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 tools </li></ul><ul><li>Applause: information about publications, presentations, and offices held by VT faculty and staff members </li></ul>
  5. 5. The resources: CFPs <ul><li>ALA listservs (ILI, NMRTWriter, ULS, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>H-Net listservs </li></ul><ul><li>IFLA listservs </li></ul><ul><li>Beyond the Job (blog) </li></ul><ul><li>A Library Writer’s Blog (blog) </li></ul><ul><li>Delores’s CFPs (blog) </li></ul><ul><li>Library Professional Development (blog) </li></ul><ul><li>Virginia Library Association Blog (blog) </li></ul>
  6. 6. The resources: everything else <ul><li>Same as CFPs (professional listservs, trusted blogs, Facebook pages) </li></ul><ul><li>Recommendations from colleagues </li></ul><ul><li>Experience </li></ul>Any other recommendations?
  7. 7. The workflow: how I do it <ul><li>I receive all my listservs digested, for easy consumption </li></ul><ul><li>I frequently check my blog reader, Google Reader </li></ul><ul><li>Whenever I see a relevant CFP, I will create a post for it </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Describe the CFP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Link to more information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tag with descriptors and due dates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Add to the “Weekly Roundup” post that is posted every Friday at 2 p.m. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Remove expired posts every Monday morning (or so) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Time? I just work it into my daily workflow </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. The site: navigation RSS feeds from recommended blogs CFPs: Home-- the “posts” you will receive Tags that organize types of CFPS and due dates
  9. 9. The site: behind the scenes Header Page navigation Blog information Search box RSS feed, Tags, Archive Home: the posts RSS feeds from recommended blogs
  10. 10. The site: publishing & authors <ul><li>Signed in through Google account </li></ul><ul><li>Currently, only one author </li></ul><ul><li>Can publish via email—send post to blog’s email address </li></ul><ul><li>Can add authors (up to 100)—interested? </li></ul>
  11. 11. The site: adding analytics Google Analytics gives you the script to copy/paste into the HTML template of your blog
  12. 12. The site: statistics & analytics <ul><li>google.com/analytics </li></ul><ul><li>Log in through Google account (which is tied to Blogger) </li></ul>
  13. 13. The site: who’s using it
  14. 14. The site: how you can use it <ul><li>Contribute CFPs </li></ul><ul><li>Contribute information about your activities (Applause) </li></ul><ul><li>Contribute other information about webinars, publications, etc </li></ul><ul><li>Use it through RSS: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use a Feed Reader (check out suggestions on blog) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use Outlook (look under Account Settings/RSS Feeds) to read content delivered via the blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Visit it regularly; use the tags to see what will be due soon! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Other ideas? </li></ul>
  15. 15. The end Questions? Suggestions? You know where to find me.