As part of the #hyperlibMOOC course I had to develop an online professional learning network plan and, at the start of 2014, I think it’s a good time to show it here.
I have been Deputy to the District Librarian in an informal capacity for a number of years, and more formally for the last 2 or 3 years. The District Librarian intends retiring at the end of 2014 and my overarching goal is to succeed in becoming the next District Librarian. All of my OPLN goals lead back to that one primary focus.
Goal: to learn more about the management of Museums and Art Galleries, as the District Librarian’s position is a GLAM role. Although I am currently the Museum manager, along with my two libraries, I have no formal training in that area.
Goal: to be able to meet and greet, and introduce myself, in Maori as a minimum standard. I serve a predominantly Maori community and it makes me uncomfortable that I can’t speak Te Reo.
Goal: to increase the presence of the libraries and museum on social media, while ensuring we develop an authentic voice.
Goal: to grow my professional network so that I have strong, forward-thinking library and museum people in my social media circle who I can learn from and bounce ideas off.
I am a public librarian and museum manager in South Taranaki, on the west coast of the North Island in New Zealand. As stated, my goal is to become District Librarian at the end of 2014. I have no desire to move outside of the South Taranaki Libraries; I love working for our Council and have a strong belief in our shared goals and vision. Staying here in Patea makes sense for personal reasons; my husband is retired and this is where we want to be.
I am, however, keen to become more involved in wider librarianship over time, perhaps with a national committee role under the LIANZA (Library and Information Association New Zealand Aotearoa) umbrella. I am currently Co-chair of PubSIG (a special interest group for public librarians) and am on the Emerging Leader’s Working Group, also under LIANZA.
Complete the Art and Inquiry: Museum Teaching Strategies For Your Classroom MOOC through Coursera. I selected this course as it will give me more confidence when assisting staff to plan public events and school visits. I am comfortable managing staff who have skills I don’t, but like to have a basic framework of understanding and shared technical language.https://www.coursera.org/course/artinquiry
Follow New Zealand Museum on Twitter, which they describe as “a site for you to explore New Zealand’s museums, art galleries and their collections”. I have chosen this because our Museum is a member of the organisation, they cover a wide range of New Zealand museums and galleries, and regularly offer training opportunities. https://twitter.com/nzmuseums
I have not selected any other resources for Te Reo Maori for the next six months as this one course will be quite a challenge for me.
Social media development:
Regularly search the online journals through Massey University Alumni access for social media articles. There are no specifically social media focused journals available offsite to Alumni, but many of the journals contain relevant articles. http://online.sagepub.com.ezproxy-alumni.massey.ac.nz/
Subscribe to the Social Media New Zealand website and use their free resources. I chose this site because it has a New Zealand focus and I believe we often do things a bit differently to other countries and to have an authentic voice I feel we need to bear that in mind.http://socialmedia.org.nz/
Follow a range of librarians on Twitter, using a list called Librarians who rock, many of whom I met through the ANZ23mobilethings course. I have chosen these librarians because they are spirited, forward-looking, intelligent, kind/generous and opinionated; all qualities I admire.https://twitter.com/KiwiLibrarian/lists/librarians-who-rock
Network Maintenance Plan
I will review my OPLN every six months as part of my work’s performance appraisal process. I want to be an active participant in whatever forums I am involved with, so if I find I am only lurking I will stop using it. This is because if the learning isn’t active I don’t get the full benefit from it.
I have tried to include at least some resources where I can interact with people, rather than just read. I have looked for sites that will work on my laptop, as I normally study or network in the evenings, sitting on the sofa while my husband watches television or reads.? Once I am comfortable that I have achieved what I set out to do in the above goals, I will develop a new OPLN, again as part of my six monthly appraisal process.