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Let’s Get Together Thursdays – Online Community Collaboration May 1, 2014

Posted by Brooke Ahrens in Check this out!.
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At my school site, I am a department of one. While I have great relationships with my fellow teachers, I sometimes miss the camaraderie or input that comes from working with others in the same position. Online communities can offer a great substitute, and come in a variety of types, subject matters and formats.  You might think online communities aren’t for you, but even if you are just participating as a reader, you will be sure to find inspiration and ideas.  

My state library organizations, CSLA (California School Library Association) and CLA (California Library Association) both offer email subscription groups, (listservs in another lifetime!) full of information, questions, answers and feedback.

On Facebook, I’m a member of several librarian oriented groups, such as ALA ThinkTank, which offers opportunities for questions, ideas and interactions in a different online venue.

Twitter  is a great place to find amazing school librarians and technologists.  As much as I love Twitter, I don’t often have time to follow the feed in real time, so I’ve created a Twitter list of my favorite librarians and send RSS feed to Feedly.com.  But, that’s the hard way, because a quick Google search brings up Twitter librarian lists ready to be followed. I also follow TLChat (teacher librarian chat) via RSS feed from Twitter.  I can’t always attend Twitter chats, but I can see the shared resources later via RSS feed.

My Feedly is filled with RSS feeds from librarian bloggers. While RSS feeds aren’t as interactive as some of the other methods I’ve posted, it’s still a wonderful place to find ideas and problem solving techniques.  I follow librarians from all fields of librarianship, because it’s a great way see my own library through a different lens and provides perspective and fresh ideas.

My vice-principal recently encouraged me to join the online community at edweb.net, which offers a variety of library related groups to join. I’ve enjoyed reading the posts from this new discovered online community.

The best feature of all of these online options, is that they have all provided me the opportunity to meet and connect with librarians from across the nation. It’s great fun when I get the chance to meet these amazing librarians in person.

Where are you connecting with other librarians online?

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