I enrolled in this subject hoping I would learn more and deepen my enthusiasm and understanding of social networking. And I can confidently say that yes it has happened. INF206 has given me the confidence to be more discerning and mindful of my contacts and friends on Facebook, to have the confidence to reach out to my Twitter PLN when I need help and to write a blog post and share it on Twitter. This has always been a difficult one for me, someone might actually read what I’ve written. And they did, and commented and I learnt a lot.
Some aspects of this subject were not particularly enjoyable, actually really only Delicious but I knew that my preference was for Diigo anyway.
As I’ve already stated I enjoyed interacting with the other students on the Facebook group and in particular I enjoyed the questions asked and seeing people who were reluctant to use social media find their feet. I wonder how many will stay connected?
The online learning journal has given me the chance to spend some serious time thinking not only about topics like digital citizenship, Creative Commons and what social networking actually is, I’ve gained insight into the routine of writing, blogging, routine and time management! Keeping up with the modules is always a struggle for me but having to write an online learning journal to accompany the reading was difficult. However at times I did use the catching up as an opportunity to go back over modules and rewatch videos and re-read articles. Sometimes the first time information doesn’t actually go in! So on reflection, I now realise that when I have a thought or an idea to blog, I need to take action immediately. And that means making use not of Evernote on my smartphone, but actually putting the Blogger app on it and blogging straight away. Seizing the day when the penny drops will make for more fluid blogging and writing in the future.
Having received several comments on my blog post about valuing libraries I can now see the need to comment more on blogs. There are plenty of terrific library bloggers in my Feedly so I need to show my appreciation more for their writing and sharing knowledge. That’s another one that’s easy to fix.
INF206 covered a lot of territory and at times I did wish that we could just stop for a while to examine and discuss particularly popular facets of social networking and libraries. For example, there are many many librarians who blog. Some simply blog about being a librarian and their day to day life and work, but others have specific areas of interest, and have established themselves as knowledgeable about a particular area (Schrier, 2011), an expert. The Wikiman, librarian.net, Librarians Matter, socialnetworkinglibrarian, Information Tyrannosaur to name just a tiny few have all established themselves as voices in the biblioblogosphere. To be able to discuss with other future librarians just why these people are successful voices in the library world, what student librarians can learn from them and the importance of having a voice (and I realise this isn’t for everybody however this degree is pumping out the new generation of librarians, voice and conversation is important!) Perhaps this feedback has arisen because I am very interested in blogging and getting better at it and I look to these people for advice (through reading) and ideas whenever I am completing any assessment for the degree. They are my go to people, the internet brain I rely upon.
During the last 4 or so months I cannot say that I have connected any more online with social media than usual. I do read Twitter many times a day, check Facebook before I get up in the morning, use Diigo for bookmarking all the time, listen to podcasts and watch YouTube etc etc. However I do think I have used it with more intent. Looking more closely at why I use particular platforms for particular tasks, I was prepared to ask questions and to put forward my own opinion on a topic that many/most would say I shouldn’t be commenting on at all. My understanding of social media policy and the negativity and lack of trust that councils have in their librarians has increased. I am appreciative of that fact that sometimes librarians and information professionals cannot comment online about a particular topic. Their job is on the line. That’s pretty frightening but also sobering.
And when I draw all the connections, discussions, readings, videos, tweets and comments together I see what I have learnt in this subject, that librarians have to disrupt the patterns and set a new path, and that librarians and information professionals are really very good at very responsive to change (Potter, 2011). Even though some aren’t able to implement it in their own organisation, they follow it avidly online and engage in all discussion on this topic. They keep going.
Potter, N. (2011, July 25). Bravery based librarianship is the (only) future. Thewikiman. Retrieved February 5, 2013, from http://thewikiman.org/blog/?p=1680
Schrier, R. A. (2011). Digital Librarianship @ Social Media: the Digital Library as Conversation Facilitator. D-Lib Magazine, 17(7/8). doi:10.1045/july2011-schrier