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Thing 15 – Getting involved

Thing 15: Attending, presenting at and organising seminars, conferences and other events.

I have a training background. In another life I was a staff trainer in the public service (civil service in the UK) for a few years. I prepared and delivered training. Since working as a librarian (8 years now) I have again been involved in training – completing a Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment  and have been involved in preparing and organising training and presenting in a variety of forums. But writing papers and delivering at conferences is a bit of a new ball game for me.  But I have done it this year!!

I decided that I wanted to get more involved in this sort of thing – good for my development, and this year presented at the ALIA Biennialhttp://conferences.alia.org.au/alia2012/Papers/14_Kate.Bunker.pdf

This was a great experience – I was able to present the paper with a graduate of the program utilizing Prezi, Xtranormal, some polling and it was very well received. What I didn’t do was present a peer-reviewed paper – and this is something I would like to work on in the future.

I do a lot of project work in my library role, and our underlying goal in all of our projects now is to have a one of the results – that we sub,it a paper for publication or present findings at a conference. I think this is a really useful aspiration!

I am also presenting a poster, with a 7  minute presentation at the next ALIA conference in Brisbane, Australia in February 2012 – Information Online .

And yes- there is that dilemma about what to talk about…but I do agree with:
“You may well be wondering what on earth you could speak about. I’m strongly of the opinion that if you’re working in a professional way – evaluating your services and modifying them in the hopes of improving them, you’ve probably got something to speak to others about..”

That is a great start! How often do you go to talks and conferences and think…’we do that’ or ‘we do that differently and it would be useful to tell people about it…’

It’s partly a mindset.

We are actually looking at this whole area as a project at work…sort of doing a 23Things on writing abstracts, writing papers, presenting at conferences, writing grants.

And I love Ned Potter- and pretty much anything he writes about!!

And if you cannot get to conferences, get onto twitter and follow the hashtag….Twitter is just great for conferences, talks, events!!

*26 October postscript – also meant to say- a Twitter lib friend has a bit of a mantra – she only goes to conferences that she has been successful in presenting at…which is a good way to look at it (although for some of us it would mean a long time between conferences  😦  )

Thing 12 – putting the social into social media

I love social media. Not all of it. Well mainly Twitter and blogs if the truth be told. I tolerate FaceBook because I co-run our Library FB page (but I am getting so tired of the inane re-posting of graphics and photos in my news feed).

The advantages (given in this post) and my thoughts.

Social networking can lead to better communication

This is probably the point I have the most problems with. I do agree that I have met people through social media that I would never have met IRL – Australia is a big place, and the spread of people is really around the coastline and it’s a huge coastline 🙂

But better communication ? I guess the thing I worry about is the quality of communication. I noticed a change this year on my birthday on Facebook- quite a lot of friends opted to ring, text, email me instead of just writing on my wall (which is, after all, a pretty easy thing to do). Don’t get me wrong- I loved the messages on my FB wall- I just wonder if people would bother if it wasn’t so easy??

It creates a more collaborative working space where people are encouraged to share their ideas.

Definitely like this. I have asked questions on Twitter and had speedy and varied replies. Social media is a great place to share and ask questions.

It aids in building online communities.

Again yes- I share in a vibrant and great online library community mainly through Twitter but also blogs

Social networking can also provide easy access to other areas of the profession.

Again yes- in contact with not only academic librarians, but many librarians and others who work in a range of libraries or who are library academics…

Do I interact or do I lurk?

I lurk a bit. Honestly, sometimes it just depends on how I am feeling.

Do I stay in my comfort zone or do I go outside it?

Mainly in my comfort zone I think.

If I am reluctant, why is this so?

I follow lots of funny, bright, smart people. Lots of high achievers! A lot who are doing higher study, speak often at conferences. I guess I sometimes feel I don’t have enough wonderful or different to offer?

Thing 6 – online networks

Interesting list of online networks here for this *thang* 🙂

I am on LinkedIn – and I have noticed they have really stepped up their social media/marketing/hassling you in the last year or so. I am a member of a couple of groups- ALIA and now 23Things for PD – but not sure if I want another avenue for this sort of info. I guess if I was looking for a job I might be more interested in LinkedIn – not sure?

I am on FaceBook also- have been for quite a while- but am feeling increasingly annoyed with Facebook as they seem to change privacy settings and other settings. I know I should make time to change my feeds as I am getting really over people just pasting witty (or not) sayings, photos etc. I am not really interested in FB for lots of things- I don’t want many photos there.

I am worried that all these things are becoming a little splintered and specific?

I need to be in FB for a few reasons – I maintain our Library FB page- so need to be in FB to do this! I like keeping up with a few friends, more acquaintance really and a couple of pages that are really active in FB (for instance the Canberra Punk and Beyond page….a little bit of my past!) and ALIA – the Australian Library and Information Association for you northern hemisphere people.

My online network is Twitter more than anything. I admit that I don’t always tweet about work, but a lot of my fellow tweeters are great library or library connected people and I gain so much from them. I also love following the twitter stream when there are conferences or meetings that I cannot be at. A lot of people that I follow on twitter are my influencers, people I like to hear from and about…what are they reading, what are they saying? I probably don’t give a lot to those conversations though- and perhaps that is where I need to think about how I am using Twitter and what do I want out of it. I certainly have connections and a great personal learning network – PLN.

I love Instagram for photos- love it- and am using this to post my daily photo for 2012 (and also onto Flickr).

I have also joined Pinterest and quite like this as a place to put the visual, the quirky, the colourful – but again, somewhere for photos, another place for other visual, another place for professional type stuff. I feel a little scattered at times!

a photo…I love collecting photos of stencils and street art- mainly taken around Canberra.

Blue. Girl
Lonsdale St, Braddon

Thing 4 – current awareness: Twitter, RSS and Storify

I love Twitter! I do…I have been on Twitter for a few years now – again a mix of personal and professional. I also manage my Library’s Twitter account. The amount of interesting stuff I get through Twitter and my RSS feeds (I used to use Netvibes, I now use Google Reader) is just gob smacking. I feel so connected with my profession. I am over the fact that I cannot keep up with everything, but I have so many lovely relationships though my PLN expanding through (mainly) Twitter!

I have read a little about information overload, but honestly I do think it’s probably a lack of filter, and my way of procrastinating? This is interesting – The fallacy of information overload , where Brian Solis says:

As Clay Shirky once observed, “There’s no such thing as information overload — only filter failure.”

My take? “Information overload is a symptom of our desire to not focus on what’s important.” It’s a choice.

Follow me on Twitter – KatieTT

I have only just started looking at Storify but like its possibilities as far as using blog posts, images, FB etc in one story…