I give a shout out for answers to this tweet to my network on Twitter.
Quick #nls6 blog post crowd sourcing – PLN, why do you use Twitter? What value does a PLN &/or using Twitter bring to you as a professional? Thx! -@acrystelle
Look what happened.
I probably never have to be the only person I know at a library conference ever again – @siandart
Twitter = views, ideas, concepts fr outside own POW, different sectors, professions, countries. all keep me engaged & interested – @flexnib
essential for note taking & networking during confs, way of staying in touch informally with PLN, water cooler chatting #twitter – @newgradlib
good to easily keep up with industry happenings + brilliant for meeting new ppl in profession & maintaining network – @ktaines
Opportunity to engage with and learn from others. Sharing knowledge and thoughts to strengthen the profession. #nls6 – @sallyheroes
Plus even more responses…
I know from experience that rockin’ up to a conference can be daunting, a bit like the first day of school. These thoughts come to mind – Will people like me? Who will I sit with? And oh no, what if I’m alone in the corner at morning tea? Or unable to make conversation with someone I’d really like to connect with?
The answer – start to build relationships and develop your professional voice ahead of time. But how? Here’s where the professional networking and discussion program aims to help.
Basically, we’d like to encourage newbies to the profession and/or newbies to being in the professional online space to establish and build connections, engage in professional conversation and gain a sense of community prior to the symposium.
Okay, the grand plan is this. A program of professional networking and discussion will stem from the symposium workshop topics. A series of blog posts will provide an overview or viewpoint of the topic area; include details of the related workshops, and link to some resources to get you started with exploring the topics on your own (or with others!) Each ‘hot topic’ will be introduced on Twitter to start off the discussion. This will be followed by a blog post on the topic and some circulation of useful resources.
Making connections and facilitation of professional discussion throughout the program will be primarily via Twitter. Participants are encouraged to use both #nls6 and #hottopic hashtags in their tweets for others to follow along.
New to Twitter? No worries. Here are some resources to get you started.
- 10 must reads for PLNs
- Twitter in plain english – Youtube
- All a twitter
- Twitter explained for librarians
Next, you’ll need people to follow. Building a group of professional LIS folk is simple. Start with a few, either from who you know or from your favourite library blogs, then look to see who they follow. From there, look to see who those people follow, and so on. See any of interest to you? Follow them.
There’s no shortage of Twitter folk willing to help others starting out in the online space. So give it a crack. Start building your professional voice, be involved, and get connected!