Thing 23: Making it all Work Together

I have often wondered how people manage when they are in charge of running multiple social media accounts for work / on committees but hootsuite seems like a good way around it. I like the fact that you can have separate streams for mentions / retweets/ messages etc.

 

At the moment my personal needs probably don’t justify using a tool like this though I can see how it would be massively beneficial for social media managers. I’ve enjoyed having a flit around checking some of the features out but for me, I like keeping all of my social media accounts separate – in my mind I can distinguish each network as each one is used for a slightly different purpose. Having them all in one place would probably just confuse me!

 

I never really gelled with flip board the first time we explored it in thing 8 so I didn’t bother doing it this time (particularly as it’s public to all and I don’t want my twitter and Facebook mingling). It’s useful to bear in mind for future instances though as I enjoy using twitter and I’d love to do it for a special interest group or committee as I think there’s actually quite a lot of scope for creativity (just look at the Orkney Island Library’s twitter account for an example of this).

 

I can’t believe this is the final “thing”! I just want to thank all of the librarians who have devoted their time to making this a stimulating and educational experience. I’m so glad I made the off the cuff decision to take part as it’s been really rewarding and I’ve learned so many new things.

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Thing 18: telling stories through pictures

Of all of the Web 2.0 tools I’m a fan of, Instagram and Flickr have always presented a few problems for me. Until now, when I hear the word Instagram I can’t help but think of hipsters with their artisan ciders and carefully trimmed beards, health freaks snapping their “gluten free, chai seed blueberry muffins” and “it girls’s” selfies of Botox filled lips and HD eyebrows with the inevitable flash of Micheal Kors watch and handbag. I guess what I’m saying is that it’s all so “look at me, look how cool I am”, yeah well you know what, I eat blueberries every morning for breakfast but I just don’t feel the need to brandish this around for all the world to see.

Ok so perhaps I’m being slightly hyperbolic here. A little. Maybe. But I see how music videos and popular culture filter in through their mass medias and then I see Instagram pictures desperately trying to replicate this “ideal world” where people seem to prance about with Indian chief headdresses in vintage convertible cars with tribal tattoos and fringed leather jackets… I could go on and on and no, this isn’t a personal attack on Lana Del Ray or any of the celebrities and artists that I can’t help but notice people methodically (yet oh so nonchalantly) trying to replicate. I have just tended to feel in the past that image sharing platforms like this are perpetuating the desire for attaining perfection and young people are probably the demographic with highest exposure whilst simultaneously being the most vulnerable. When I was fourteen I remember been hypnotised by the beauty of the models in vogue and Elle but it didn’t make me feel good, it made me feel like I wasn’t good enough and never would be like them. Obviously what happened next was that I grew up and realised that actually it’s not natural to have a “thigh gap”, I noticed that actually no human beings really looked that insanely perfect because air brushing could only be performed on media generated images. I just fear that if I felt the damaging presence of these images of perfection ten years ago, what must it be like for young girls now? They have to contend with a constant barrage of content which they’ll inevitably be comparing themselves to. Perhaps I’m being over the top and I realise how conservative I sound but I don’t like this culture of vanity and comparison that has irrefutably evolved at a cataclysmic rate due to platforms like this. I just know if I had a daughter I’d have to think very carefully about how I’d have her interact with these applications.

I really hate to sound negative and I accept that there are probably many societal positives to come from this as well as the bad stuff. For instance, I don’t think I ever even knew about the Creative Commons project but I think it’s incredible. For all of the7548442648_761a493a2a_h issues presented by the very history we are making being under threat by superseding technologies, it’s great to know that such a grass roots project has been Bourne to document our 21st century world and not only that but it’s being supported by so many cultural institutions. I love how, once registered you are invited to make the commons richer by sharing your knowledge, its a library democracy! I lost myself for about two hours last night just ogling the amazing images that have been captured from space and planets to plants and wildlife and finally old images of places i’ve lived or been to. This is truly a gem of our time.

I can see how photo sharing is an invaluable resource for libraries and museums, particularly as technologies emerge and threaten old media formats with extinction; I’d hope that projects like the creative commons will allow photograohs to be carried through change and remain protected. One of our biggest threats is losing important pieces of history which seems more of a problem now than ever before. I tried to download the instagram app last night but my laptop wouldn’t let me for some reason but I’m also quite glad. I hope I don’t get reprimanded for not taking part in this aspect of the task but I just don’t quite feel too comfortable with using this yet. I also have the fear that apps like this automatically sync your personal images from your phone and that’s something I just don’t want to have to deal with! I am however glad to have come accross flickr, I won’t be using it in a personal or professional capacity at the moment because it’s not too relevant for either but I’m a happier chappy knowing the commons exists. It’s also given me chance to dig up an old picture of Trinity College Dublin from The National Library of Ireland’s commons account.

(Image taken from The national Liibrary of Ireland’s Creative Commons account Flickr)

I hope some one will tell me if I’m not attributing this correctly!

Thing 17: Reflective Practice

photoI first saw the Rudai23 things blog through another participant’s blog whom I was already following. Aside from looking fun and interesting I thought it would be a great way to really push myself to learn about all of the Web 2.0 tools that can enhance learning, professional development and personal organisation / current awareness. I spend 90% of my time at work keeping lawyers abreast of the developments in their industry so why should I not strategically plan how to do the same for myself? Additionally I thought it would be a great way to ease me in to the routine of learning and evaluating right before starting my masters next week (eek!).

My main concern initially was the practicality of whether or not I had time to commit to this; one of my pet hates is people committing to something without being realistic about what is involved and then flaking out halfway through. My reasoning here was that if I’m going to learn how to fit a master’s degree around my full time job then I should be able to time manage this relatively small to medium personal side project. Another preconception I was fostering before beginning the course was the worry that I would be held back by my questionable state of affairs regarding technology and money (or lack of) in order to complete all tasks but the course has been constructed to allow pretty much any one with access to a computer to participate so that this really hasn’t been an issue. The only time I have been slightly let down was my inability to participate in the Google hangout. I don’t have broadband at home and rely on coming into work early to use the computers in my pre-work “breakfast power hour”. I do have an I phone to my advantage though and have found it an invaluable device throughout the process; it means that I can maximise my efficiency and work on tasks en route each day. As a person who spends roughly two hours every day commuting it’s crucial for me to use this time effectively.

I feel really positive about the time management skills I have honed and have found a routine that works for me which allows me to incorporate spending time each week on the “thing” at hand. There have been some things that I’ve felt very confident with; as a product of the social media generation, I have been reminded throughout both my educational and professional career how important building a good professional brand is. Recruiters and employers alike have advocated the integral nature of, not only to having a “clean” profile but also one that demonstrates your interests in the profession. I’ve found that my increasing interaction with online professional networks and my gradual cultivation of my professional brand has now left me in a position where despite my status as a (for now) unqualified information worker in an assistant role, I still feel that I have valuable opinions that are worth sharing across professional networks. To put it plainly, my participation in this course has really boosted my confidence.

In the weeks where we’ve explored things like library advocacy and membership to professional bodies / attending professional events my perspective has changed. For the handful of events I’ve attended prior to now, though I’ve enjoyed them and done my best to reflect proactively and learn from the experience, I’ve always had the sneaking feeling at the back of my mind that I’m not a fully fledged professional yet and therefore I’m cheating by being there. I’ve worried about my cover being blown and that people will find out I’m not a “real” information professional and the game will be over! Being a part of the Rudai 23 community has made me realise not only how friendly librarians are but what a diverse bunch we are;  different job roles and different levels of experience make for the most interesting conversations! As a newbie I may lack the experience that many others possess but sometimes a fresh perspective can be just as valuable. In future I hope to remember this and remind myself if I’m ever feeling a little vulnerable in a professional context: it’s so much better to put yourself out there for the gains rather than justify keeping your mouth shut for fear you’ll look weak.

Specifically I’ve enjoyed learning about some quite technical things which I probably wouldn’t have had the confidence to do without being prompted; the creation of your own augmented reality campaign is something I’ve been massively inspired by and i’m waiting for the perfect opportunity to put it into practice. The screencast software was a great thing to get to grips with too and whilst I doubt it will prove relevent in my job, it’s great to know it’s out there as you never know what you might be doing in the future. Podcasts have opened up a whole new world to me; I was aware of its existance but I’ve now been exposed to one more way to digest specialised and interesting content. Cumulatively one of the biggest benefits of learning about some of these platforms is that in addition to the learning process of the course, I feel like I’ve done a “digital audit” of my general online life and I’ve done a spring clean – I’ve got rid of the services / accounts that I feel no longer serve me and I’ve consolidated my favourite online content (whilst simultaneously discovering new stuff to) into an organised format that works for me.light at the end of the tunnel

I’ve identified that one of my downfalls is paying attention to liscencing terms regarding images. I hope I don’t make too many enemies out of admitting this (I know it’s a hot topic amongst librarians) but I’m still relatively new to being conscientious about what images I use and exactly how I accredit them. It’s duly noted as something to work on and I’m sure I’ll learn all of the intracies with my masters in Information Management.

In broader terms I think I’ve realised throughout the hours I’ve put into this course that the more you put into something the more you get out. There have been certain tasks where I haven’t put too much time into it and I’m the first to admit it, I can at least counteract the negativity of that by saying that this has been an active choice – time is a valuable resource and we should be mindful how we use it. Everyone has constraints and the more we’re aware of that the more we can mindfully choose how we distribute what we do have. For the “things” that I was already very familiar with (like Twitter, Facebook, Goggle) I put more time into the reflection and the blog post than I did the actual exploring of the platform but still I didn’t over-do it. For the weeks where everything was new to me I was far more generous with my time, I wanted to make the most of the opportunity I had (“opportunity” being 260 other librarians all pushing their oars in the same direction paddling unified into the current of th unknown!”).

I’d like to add that this very “thing”, thing 17 has actually been one of the tasks I’ve put the most effort into. Stephanie’s detailed evaluation of how refelction is a strategic self improvement proccess really motivated me to use this opportunity to assess my learning on a deeper level. I think this can be applied to anything we learn in life. I’ll round this off with a lovely little anecdote about a TED talk I listened to the other day; It was John Green talking about his novel Paper Towns (which I believe is being made into a movie right now). I certainly wasn’t drawn to the podcast because of the author or the book; I’ve never read any of his books but it was the title that hooked me “John Green: The Nerd’s Guide to Learning Everything”. Ok so spoiler alert – listening to this podcast will not teach you how to learn everything i’m afraid. Instead Green gives a brief introduction to the origin of the title of his book. He talks about a map that The General Drafting Company of New York made in 1937. He aludes to a trick that mapmakers use in order to identify breach of copyright – he explains that they make up the name of a place which doesn’t exist and if they see it on another map they know that person has copied their map. The Gernal Drafting Company used this on their 1937 map of New York and created a fake town called Agloe. Decades later a guy caled Rand McNally makes a map with Agloe and it seems he’s caught red handed. But it turns out that what had happened is that so many people had seen this famous map and visited this spot that Agloe manifested itself as a real place, an actual town – businesses, shops and cafes sprung up around this once fictional coordinate that it turned from being fictitious to reality. After musing a while about his own experiences of learning Green argues that cartography is like learning; we sail to a land and absorb it and then we’re curious about what is over the next small part of ocean so we sail over there and add this new place to the map and progressively we start building our own map of knowledge. I used to think at school that there was a capacity of information in the world, that one day If I worked hard enough I would know everything there was to know and I guess if I tie this to the map metaphore, I thought that the map was already in place and that all I had to do was visit everywhere eventually. But knowledge is a beautiful yet slippery thing and as John Green metaphorically says (yes, if you’ve made it this far I promise the map metaphors will be over soon) we are all cartographers of our own unique learning maps.

Well Rudai23- thanks – I’ve really enjoyed the journey.

(You can watch the full talk here).

 

Thing 16: Collaborative Tools

Chain made of colorful paper clips on white background

Chain made of colorful paper clips on white background

Tools like Google docs were just about in existence during my time at university though it was the very early days where caution and suspicion we’re exercised before “signing up” to things and “creating accounts” willy nilly. I could count on one hand the sources that were incoming to my inbox and for as long as I could I stubbornly clung on to this ideal.

Things have changed however and as I acclimatise to the increasingly invasive nature of maintaining any sort of digital presence, I finally feel that the exchange of a few of my basic details for the advantage of clever collaborative tools and online resources is almost fair (when I put the fact that these basic details are being aggressively culled into one big melting pot of data which will inevitably be used to my own disadvantage by corporate companies for the perpetuation of the capitalist machine – yes when I put that to the back of my mind I can just about deem it a fair enough exchange).

Google Docs has been hot in the press recently with its new features set to rival Microsoft Office. I read a great article here  about Google Docs’ easy to use templates, spreadsheets and voice typing – it all sounds like pretty eciting stuff. I like how the platform works seamlessly with word to allow interchange between the two applications and I feel that as my University course gets underway I will find this an invaluable tool. As a distance learner I imagine that collaborative applications will be my best friend and as a stringent believer in everyone pulling their weight in team projects, it’s good to know that there will be no excuses for flakes! Dogs can only eat homework in paper format thanks very much! I’m looking forward to using some of the templates which I think will be helpful for some of the less traditionally academic aspects which I am less accustomed to like report writing and audits.

Scarily I was the first one to comment on the Rudai 23 collaborative document so I hope I’ve got it right!

I’ve used Docs twice before in a acollaborative way; I once added a question to a UKLIBCHAT discussion and I’ve also used them in the context of a lifestyle blog I used to contribute to; each week the list of article titles would be available for all the writers to access and each perosn would choose two or three titles that they would cover. It worked very practically in this way and I would certainly use it again for projects in the future.

Doodle looks like another convenient tool though I assume you have to have an account in order to use it. I have created an account but aren’t sure if you would be able to invite people to events if they don’t have a profile. If I ever do need to organise a proffessional event in the future I will bear it in mind but I doubt it would be useful at work as the company already has its own collaborative share point and all meetings are scheduled on Outlook calander. It’s all useful stuff to know though!

 

Thing 7: Podcasts

soundwavesHaving skipped thing 7 initially I’m back to readdress it and I have to say my morning commutes have been all the richer since I started delving into the bountiful cornucopia of podcasts!

In my enthusiasm for this element I had really wanted to make my own podcast but just didn’t have the confidence or knowledge to make an interesting enough edit so in the end I resolved to write a short story and eventually record it as a podcast. This is proving to be a time consuming task that I don’t foresee nearing completion for quite some time amongst all my other commitments though I hasten to add that I still have every intention to do this eventually. As I’ve been cumulatively listening to more and more of these amazing sound bites my reluctant awareness of my shoddy memory urges me to write my post sans completed podcast because as time advances i’m realising that for every compelling thought and comment that occurs to me, another one slips out the back door.

I’ve written in a previous post about how inspiring I found the “liboncon” interview on the circulating ideas podcast. I find it highly motivating that people would give up their spare time and push themselves to unnatural levels of stress in order to help others develop professionally (just like the Rudai23 team)! In a practical sense it’s also great to hear about the technicalities of such a project; the method of management, the things that didn’t quite work the first time and all of the logistical and technical details.

On a level of personal interest I’ve also been listening to some great literary ones and I love the BBC 4 series “history of ideas” and also “history of the 20th century”. Sometimes my eyes feel too tired to read on the train so it’s perfect to just close my eyes and let the historians do the talking! If I’m feeling like I really deserve a treat I allow myself to listen to serial which I’m rationing to myself in small bursts.

As a huge fan of music, soundcloud has been a close friend of mine for quite some time now but I never realised that there was such a breadth of content before, having mainly used it for electronic music mixes. In a totally nerdy librarian way I’d just like to digress for one second to comment on how interesting I find the way that the sound recordings are “catalogued”. I use quotation marks because I’m pretty sure that whoever the tech gurus are that are responsible for organising the clips don’t class themselves as cataloguers yet I suppose, in a 21st century, technological way that’s what it is. I’ll add that I’m not too familiar with exactly how this is done and maybe it’s down to the creator of the sound recording to choose what genres and other categories to use as their metadata but it’s interesting all the same. For books and information there are very specific rules about the categories and subjects you would add to a record but with new platforms showcasing images and sound (like Instagram and soundcloud) these traditional rules become subservient to the creator’s intentions and will. If we consider that the creators of the media are responsible for the “cataloguing” or tagging of the metadata themselves, the grey areas of cataloguing which have always existed but have been exercised with caution in the hands of professionals have now spilled out into vast oceans of grey area that are policed by no one with any particular authority. Chaos! Bedlam! I hear you exclaim. But actually it makes for some really interesting interpretation. I love observing how different people refer to different genres, how these terms metamorphosize and transcend and particularly with more underground or niche types of music, how hybrid terms become labelled and having being labelled, become a genre within their own right. With online communities sharing, naming, and breeding these interchangeable words and sounds that characterise music it is evolving with impending velocity and depth all the time. I spoke to my colleague at work about this and she also finds this interesting in the context of instagram – she’s a keen photographer and she said that similarly, she loves to see what terms people have tagged their pictures with and we got onto saying that in this sense, one can almost analyse this from a psychological or even a philosophical level.

Well that’s enough philosophising about cataloguing for now, welcome to the inner working of my crazy mind! So in addition to my digression I think my final point here will be that I love podcasts, they offer a new way to ingest information and as librarians I think we should be all over that!

#Thing8: Curation Tools

Thing 8 is a librarian’s (is wet too rude?) dream: exploring the best resources to display and present information in a variety of different ways… erm “hello, somebody called?”

I’m already a huge fan of pinterest, It’s such a simple idea i’m secretly seething I didn’t think of it first. I mean well of course I did but then the idea was stolen right out of my hands and then some one injected me with memory loss serum… Anywho, I’ve always been an advocate from day one and use my board religiously for recipes, books and pretty much anything I find Screenshot 2015-08-18 15.32.46interesting. What’s worse is that I’ve pushed family members into similar addictions and all I can say is, Lord only knows what the living room is going to look like next time I visit my parents’ house… all because of pinterest! I think it’s the simplicity that speaks volumes; I use it as a personal curation tool but I can also see it as an incredible learning tool for classrooms and as information boards for libraries.

As a child me and my nerdy little friend – I won’t drag him into my sorry state of affairs by naming him – used to love making “Information pages”, we would choose a random topic, research it and then present the information on a beautifully presented plaque (usually cut from the back of a cereal packet). I even remember choosing cereal based on the size and sturdiness of the box all in the name of my beloved information pages! Can you imagine if a time traveller knocked on our door and presented us with pinterest!? I think I would have cried with joy for at least 7 consecutive days (Though I admit I was the girl who preferred the boxes more than the presents that came inside them on Christmas day). Unfortunately the bond with my friend never progressed past junior school; we both went to different high schools and he drew a questionable self-portrait of himself which was eternally printed on our “Class leavers tea-towel” and it forced me to ask if he thought of himself as a cockroach. Children are harsh critics. So our relationship ended here but my relationship with information was just beginning.

Pinteresting is a very visual tool and I think we all know from the infographic craze that our brains digest information more easily when it is presented in a visually pleasing format. It’s a perfect brainstorming tool and easily allows you to create your own moodboard on any topic. I’ve seen everything from dinosaur classroom project boards to oddly shaped furniture boards. All you can do is marvel at the ingeniousness of a six foot bookshelf in the shape of Great Britain!

I decided to explore Storify for this “thing” as I had never used it before and flipboard looked like a similar concept to other applications I’ve used whereas storify offers a slightly unique way of presenting information. Having used it, again, I can see it being a great tool for learning. It’s incredibly easy to use and would be good for anything chronology based. I’ve seen #uklibchat’s storify of the August twitter conversation; although it worked well I found it a little too similar to the original twitter chat itself (with some of the creases and overlaps ironed out of course) but I think I prefer the good old fashioned write-up.

The only annoying thing I noticed was that when I went back to correct any spelling mistakes I had made it kept automatically changing back to the incorrect spelling again, I’m not sure why this was but it was very irritating and therefore my storify probably has mistakes in it which, after three attempts at changing I just gave up and moved on.

 

Imaginitively, the theme for my Storify was “My Rudai 23 Experience so far”. Click Here to see my storify!

I’d also like to address the fact that I have cheekily skipped thing 7 but I’m creating the content for my podcast which is time consuming so I’m treating it as an on-going side project.

 

 

Thing 5: Professional Networks

hyde“Dr Jeckyll is to my twitter as Mr. Hyde is to my facebook”.

This is of course a slight exaggeration but I’m glad that Siobhan has given the choice between facebook and twitter with this task, It must be a common phenomenon for people to use one for professional and one for social purposes. It’s not that I have anything to hyde (*looks away shiftily trying suppress memories of empty student days filled with how-wide-can-you-open-your-mouth competitions being documented with photos and plastered over Facebook – not attractive*) but there are certainly some things that are best left withheld from work-related circles.

I’m actually a little bit precious about my twitter account; I’ve carefully curated special interest lists and selected people to follow who I deem to be insightful and interesting individuals – it’s been a process of cultivation. In this information age it’s easy to take for granted all of the networking platforms we have available to us but, ever the one for mindfulness and acknowledging the things I should be grateful for, I’m often reminded what a nifty tool Twitter is. The essence of twitter is how current and concise it is – divulging relevant information often straight from the horse’s mouth. I’ve admired it in many different formats, from “Chats” like #UKLIBCHAT (which by the way is hideously fantastic!) to the running commentary taking place at conferences and seminars – it adds a further dimension to these events and, (ever the one to indulge in childish tendencies) – it sort of makes you feel like you’re one of the cool kids at the special party that not everyone’s invited to.

It’s short. It’s sharp. It’s concise. It’s worryingly addictive but you can feel good about it because (if you’re doing it right) you’re not mindlessly reading rubbish. I designate 10-20 minutes to reading my twitter feed per day, it’s useful having a smart phone because you can do it in that empty time when you’re waiting for your train / queuing for your coffee / hanging around for your late friend to turn up / early for the meeting… you get the picture.

I was a late-comer to the party and at first, found the terminology and hashtags difficult to get my head around. It was just a case of practising using It though and it was quite simple.

I’ll finish off with some great examples of excellent twitter usage. Librarians have a reputation for being resourceful and there’s no exception here, I’ve seen libraries using Twitter to admirable effect. You should certainly check out Orkney Library’s twitter feed if you haven’t already (click here) They post hilarious tweets and have developed so much awareness through this alone. They’ve used Twitter so successfully that they now speak at conferences about their success. Here’s another link to an article about the man behind it all and how.

Ned Potter, an academic liaison librarian at York University, and trainer has posted some really useful things about social media being harnessed as a promotion tool for libraries. I’ve inserted a link to one of Ned’s slideshows which is useful if you’re new to using twitter.

An introduction to Twitter (for academic research).

Thing 3: Your Professional Brand

untitledHaving already had a LinkedIn profile for over twelve months, I am already somewhat aware of the importance of having a strong online presence. I was rooted from my previous job through the means of a recruitment company who contacted me via LinkedIn.

Recruiters are now thinking strategically: if they placed a person and won their fee for a job role, chances are they’ll go back to the same pond they caught their first fish from. When I was first approached by Glen Recruitment on LinkedIn, my self indulgent wave of flattery lasted all of five seconds until I pieced the puzzle together and realised that the person who was leaving their job at the recruitment company’s client had also worked in my current job. It’s hard to convey that without sounding convoluted but basically I followed in Alex’s shoes for two jobs. I was the lazy choice for the recruitment company to choose, the formula had worked for them before. When I see him now we joke about how I wear his shoes.

As I already have a LinkedIn profile, I thought I’d give About.me a spin too. I liked the aesthetic quality of about.me which allows you to choose your “colour palette” and gives you a lot more freedom with the page layout etc. It seems like a more visual equivalent to LinkedIn which I suppose is great for artists and photographers but I’m not sure it’s an integral aspect to showcasing your skills as a librarian.

One nifty little trick I’ve picked up through exploring “Thing 3” is adding links to your LinkedIn / about.me pages on your email signature; I do think this makes you look more professional but also my Dad always used to say to me; if you want people to do things for you, you have to make it easy for them. If you’re applying for a job; having this link on your email makes it so easy for the recruiter to have a quick click through where they’ll get to see your skills and experience listed in a presentable, sleek, easy to read format. Win win! library girl

One of the issues that have arisen out of this for me is that I’m not quite sure where to draw the line between my “Professional” social media and my “personal”. My Facebook account, for instance is very much a social tool for me, I use it to stay in touch with friends and family and I would never actively utilise this account in a professional context; that’s what I have Twitter and LinkedIn for. But then there are other apps, like Pinterest where there is a mixture of personal and professional content. I use it for my own curation though and whilst there is nothing on there that I would be unhappy for anyone to see, I also don’t think it shows me in the most professional light. Though we all use these sites for generally similar purposes I think it’s fair to say that we adopt the resources of these tools and applications and hone them for our subtly different purposes which are unique. Somewhere we must find the right balance that works for us depending on what we gain from using each tool. We should also remind ourselves, however that we should be proud of our personalities; I’ve observed that librarians are generally a very creative and artistic set of people and we should incorporate this into our professional brand and use it to our advantage – it’s our unique selling point!

You can check out my profiles here or alternatively you can laugh at my face! Enjoy.

My ABout me Profile

My LinkedIn Profile

Appropriate Profile Picture   

Profile

 

Inappropriate Profile Picture!

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