I chose to follow a variety of people to enhance my Professional Learning Network. I actually chose some library groups and some education groups to support my emphasis. One group/person I chose to follow was the Scholastic Teachers. They “like to talk books, education trends and life as an educator. A second group/person I chose to follow was Librarian Chat. This Profile, run by a district coordinator for a library system, gives links to moving stories of libraries fighting for their existence. Third, I decided to follow I Love Libraries. This page is, “supporting one of our nations most valuable resources”. It is a wealth of knowledge pertaining to libraries across the United States. Fourth, I simply decided to follow the American Library Association (ALA). I felt this was an important move because I assume almost all librarians are followers of ALA. Finally, I followed LJ’s infoDOCKET. This is another library journal, however this page has a great amount of information on recently passed laws and court cases pertaining to libraries. All in all, I have a lot of information coming my way, and I love it!
The first tweet I retweeted (I don’t know if I did it correct but it showed up) was from Scholastic Teachers. They tweeted, “ [Sponsored] Complimentary webinar on using social media and digital resources in the classroom. 3/25 at 4pm ET.” I found this interesting and I am almost wanting to switch and watch this as my webinar assignment. I also retweeted I Love Libraries post about the Sacramento Public Library accepting donations of prom dresses and distributing them for free to neighboring schools and students in need. I think this is one of my favorite stories, because the library is stepping up to a need in its community and filling it. Libraries are community centers. My third retweet was, again, something I found exciting. Ebsco launched a new online catalog, Orbit. This is something I will have to look into further to see how it can help me on research in my classes.
To begin, I chose #LibraryGirl, because that is the name of my favorite library blog. I do not suggest it for the class. Although there were some good posts about female librarians taking care of the libraries they tended, there were just as many if not more #s for a girl who went to court for pleasuring herself in a public space (the library) and ended up with a job at playboy. I haven’t found a way to block these yet so for the time being I am just ignoring the unrelated posts. (I just thought you should have warning if you decide to check it out) This lead me to simplify with #library. Here I found many fun posts. I spent quite a bit of time looking through the photos of different libraries and how they fit the tastes of where they were. After this I searched #books which lead me to a different group of people (this is where I found Scholastic Teachers and decided to follow them. In the end, I discovered that slightly altered #s could lead you somewhere completely different.
LJ’s infoDOCKET, (2015, March 20). Ebsco launches orbit. Message posted to https:// twitter.com/infodocket
Scholastic Teachers, (2015, March 20). [Sponsored] complementary webinar. Message posted to https://twitter.com/ScholasticTeach
ilovelibraries.org, (2015, March 10). Sacramento public #libraries. Message posted to