Thing 6: 411 to Online Networks

LinkedIn

Kudos to Fellow CPD23 Blogger, Lauren for sharing her experience with online networks such as LinkedIn, Facebook, LISNPN, and Twitter. Lauren points out LinkedIn profile percentage widget– a 75% completeness until you add

a profile summary, specialities, and recommendations from references. I rely heavily on LinkedIn platform to stay informed to the LISNews, colleagues, and information professionals. I consider myself shy until feeling comfortable in social environments. LinkedIn is a helpful online network because I can ask a question related to hiring trends, LIS technology, and research opportunities. LinkedIn is valuable because you can contribute to groups by giving feedback to members. Many of the groups are open, but some are open by member invitation only. [In my opinion, member only groups are more active].

My profile is complete, although I haven’t reached beyond the 75% completion mark because I have not received recommendation(s), added specialities or summaries. Several groups that I find helpful:

  • Job Skills for Future Library Careers (member only)
  • Librarianship Job Search and Careers (member only)
  • LIS Career Options (member only)
  • American Library Association

Facebook

Hmm, I have a love-hate relationship with Facebook. I find myself mildly irritated with its bi-monthly privacy release documentation. And yes…I do read them. Although, I still use my Facebook sparingly– to post photos of my latest food creation or photos of day trips. Facebook connects me with a handful of colleagues that I have met at professional conferences. I will endorse Facebook as a method of reaching out to professional colleagues to ask questions about projects or congratulate them on their latest finished project. I do not add people on my Facebook account that I do not know in real life.

LISNPN, Librarians as Teachers & CILIP Communities

I am not familiar with these networks, although I have navigated to these platforms just to be aware of their existence. My philosophy about social media tools– if it isn’t broke, don’t run out to buy new toys. Information Overload and creating a balance in work-life paradigm are my reasons for limiting my activities on social networks. I believe that social media is helpful and valuable in the right context, however I also believe that people need to also think the long-term effects on social media. Remember MySpace? I rest my case and leave you with this photo to laugh about.

Information Overload?

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