Thing 5: Reflective Practice

Peter F. Drucker
Words of encouragement help me to stay focused on my work as an information professional. A good story or a small sketch are also great talking points to use for starting the reflective practice process. The topic for CPD23 Thing 5 this week is to discuss REFLECTIVE PRACTICE.
 
Thing 5 Reflective Practice is very important not just for the CPD23 Thing Challenge, but also for life long career development. Using the resource guide for this week, I will identify an event/project and apply the RECALL it, EVALUATE it, and APPLY it methodology.
 
Event– For 2011, I wanted to improve my skills as a information professional by completing several goals which I wrote in an earlier post here. 1) write a book review; 2) establish an online presence  are the two goals I want to showcase in my reflective practice.
 
Evaluation: I found that the hardest part in the reflective practice process is finding time to devote to it. Write a book review- this was both a wonderful and scary opportunity. I responded to a book review request from the editor and wrote the book review on Hack Library School. This was a helpful book for aspiring MLS graduates who interested/want to go into academic librarianship. The learning point that surprised me the most while reading this book is that I am learning to appreciate assessment. My definition of finding value in assessment is that I am learning to seek out material related to libraries/technology that gives me a more quantitative edge. I am all about the ‘warm and fuzzies’, but when administrators are pressured to cut programs– assessment, statistics, Excel spreedsheets are things that excite me because then I am able to search for values in programs. As library/information professionals, advocacy should be on our agendas to ensure that funding is available for our communities.
 
Application: Secondly, my participation in the CPD23 Thing is my way of reviving my online/blog presence. It is so exciting to read other participants who are at different levels in their careers. Many of my professional mentorships/peer groups are virtual and I am very appreciative of all the support that I have received. I have had the opportunity to meet several people whom I first met via online. Skype, Facebook, Blogs, and Linkedin are excellent platforms of communication. The benefits of a MLS degree as well as taking on the CPD23 challenge– will yield a positive outcome in my opinion. I may not use Twitter or Pullnote daily, but having an awareness of how it works is important. I use Twitter for genealogy purposes to stay informed about research tools and methodology. I will continue to use reflective practice exercise as a continue in my profession. This a very helpful process to chart my professional progress as well as serve as a guide for any future research projects.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thing 4: Twitter/RSS Love Affair

My apologies for being a week behind, but with good reason. I have officially begun my permanent full-time position after completing a six months contract. I completed a one week training and I am happy with the organization/team members.

In honor of CPD23 Programme, Thing 4: Current Awareness- Twitter, RSS, and Pushnote, I  will talk about my experience using Twitter and RSS.

Twitter Photo Credit: Google Image

Twitter is considered a micro-blogging service that allows users to publish up to 140 characters. You can follower others by subscribe to their updates. According to the CPD23 Programme Twitter summary, it is a common belief that celebrities tweet about minutiae things. However, it is believed that few users actually use Twitter for networking or sharing ideas.  My personal ‘love affair’ with Twitter is that I use it to comment on reality tv shows or use the hashtags in my FB comment posts (i.e. #CBSBigBrother). I see the value of Twitter as a consumer because I rely on Twitter hashtags from my Linkedin Profile feedreader.

I recently discovered the usefulness of Twitter in the Genealogy Community. I recently became interested in researching my family history. I have connected with a local Genealogist who showed me how to search Twitter using Tweetdeck to stay up-to-date within the Genealogy community.Tweetdeck is an extension of Twitter, which allows users to view tweets on a desktop and mobile devices.

Here are some of my favorite Genealogy Tweeters that I follow: @AYWalton, @geneabloggers, @DearMYRTLE, @GederGenealogy

Here are some of my favorite Library Tweeters that I follow @JustinLibrarian, @librarianbyday, @hacklibschool.

Photo Credit: Google Images

RSS (known as Really Simple Syndication) is my favorite Web 2.0 tool. Google has a RSS tool called Google Reader that comes with signing up for a Gmail account. I proudly confess that I have not paid for cable in two years and get more enjoyment out of my RSS Feeds. I like the flexibility that Google Reader has- it allows me to categorize my feeds by subject and also keeps up with the blogs that I have not read. A common opinion among CPD23 Thing participants is the need to balance information intake. I allow myself a hour before work to read several blogs and take a small break (i.e. 15 minutes) during the day to check out my Reader. My participation with CPD23 Things have made my RSS list longer, however, one goal I hope to accomplish by the end of this programme- organize/minimize my RSS list.

FURTHER READING:

CPD23 Thing 4 Spotlight User: Angela Pashia

Hack Library School: LIS Blogs to Follow- Edition 3

the Wikiman3 Essential Things to do as soon as you join Twitter

Thing 3: Egosurfing

According to the Urban Dictionary, EGOSURFING is defined as the act of searching the internet [Googling] for one’s own name or for information containing it to see what what happens.  

Egosurfing

 Photocredit: Google Image

In my opinion, I detest the ‘Googleness’ of things. For instance, if I Google my first name, it only shows my professional accomplishments such as ALA volunteer committee work, recent library internship experience, my high school accolades, and book reviews on a featured blogpost. I don’t know whether I should thank my mother for giving me a unique name or cringe because very few people share my namesake.

Are you still scratching your head about how quirky I am about sharing  my name. Here’s my issue with Google- the first thing that pops up is my LinkedIn profile. In the settings section, you can elect for your profile to be private. However, it does little good for those who are actively searching for employment. Eight of the top ten retrieved items were true about my name, but I am rather irritated about the many swarmy websites that have built themselves around data. Here’s another websites such as MyLife.com. These websites were created around user input. Companies like MyLife.com take user metadata to create profile mock-ups. Again, this all boils down to comfort level. How does one navigate profession/personal life digital branding? Can a middle ground be accomplished?

Further Reading:

As I have continued reading and researching the ‘Googleness’ phenomena, I found an awesome FREE e-resource called the Social Media Pro Book. It is a small book, but very valuable. Robin Richard’s Infographics Joe Chernov’s How to Organize Internally were two sections that interests me.

 

Spotlight on Diversity: Spectrum Scholarship Soars

 Hooray for the recent annoucement at the 2011 Annual American Library Association (ALA) Conference in New Orleans- The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have contributed $300,000 to the Spectrum Scholarship. The Spectrum Scholarship is a wonderful program that is committed to providing future leaders in libraries the opportunities to complete schoool, have access to training opportunities, and professional mentoring.