Thinking time

I love this. I’m lucky enough to be ‘allowed’ to have thinking time at MPOW – it’s part of our job and often leads to new and interesting things. It’s not necessarily sitting-still-thinking, it might be an informal discussion over coffee with a colleague gathering ideas, or reading a blog post, or talking about twitter,…

Reflection and evaluation

This post is my final entry for the Social Media subject for my Masters and is designed to both evaluate and reflect on my learning throughout the semester. As library and information professionals there is no doubt that web 2.0 technologies and social media tools are useful professional development tools and allow us to find…

Our online identity

In June, I blogged about the issues of online privacy and security and I’m revisiting that a bit in the context of online identities. The places you can find me online are outlined in a post here but the issue of online identity is a bit more complex than just a list of social media…

Mapping my PLN

Alisa Howlett, blogging at Flight Path recently wrote a post based on Jeff Utecht’s 5 stages of PLN adoption.  I would echo much of what Alisa has written, so pop over and read it rather than have me repeat it all here. Essentially, the 5 stages are identified as immersion, evaluation, know it all, perspective…

The value of social networking

I have blogged about the value of my personal learning network before and my use of social media to build this network, but I rarely think about what I consider social networking to be. Social networking is the process of using social media tools to build a network of friends, colleagues, professionals, or business contacts,…

Crowdsourcing a post

Once upon a time there was a librarian participating in #blogjune who had run out of ideas by the 21st day. A quick lunchtime mention of this on twitter resulted in no less than 6 responses, all different. The librarian is happy now because this will take her through to the 28th day without having…

Me? You want to ask me?

Last month I had a strange experience. Strange for me anyhow. If you follow me on twitter you’ll know I am @newgradlib – that is, a newly graduated librarian.  I don’t really know anything. I’m new. I’m learning. I offer words of encouragement and lots of nods & smiles but no real advice (except on…

Onwards and upwards?

So, barely a week after writing the last blog post, on taking charge of my career, I suddenly seem to actually have a career to take charge of! After several months of writing job applications and attending hundreds of job interviews (actually I think it was only 3, but it did seem like a lot)…

Personal learning: network or environment?

Last week, @acrystelle tweeted the following question: PLN & PLE – Same thing? Or different? What do you believe to be definitions for these terms? Any opinions or thoughts? I had to ask what exactly a PLE is, but now that I have an answer (it’s a personal learning environment, as opposed to a PLN…