I decided to join the 23 Things for Professional Development. I’m a day late, but I don’t think that matters too much. I’m taking part in this to meet new people. I’ve been blogging (mainly focused on my MLIS education) for a couple of years. But now that I’m in the professional world of libraryland, it would be nice to hear some ideas and suggestions for keeping current and continuing my professional development with my always-busy schedule.
My career: If you read my other posts, you’ll see I’m the Library Director at Muir Library in Winnebago, MN. I recently graduated from the University of Washington iSchool. I also am a proud member of the HackLibSchool editing team!
My hopes for cpd23
- meet new contacts in libraryland!
- become more comfortable with technologies I don’t use already!
- advocate for making time for professional development in rural areas
Now you may ask why I say “in rural areas”. Here’s why. I’m currently working in a rural area (one of the poorest counties in Minnesota) where the public demand for the library is high, the support of the library is fantastic and where the librarian (me) does everything from readers’ advisory for people at nursing homes to shelving picture books to updating the Facebook and Twitter accounts to compiling the annual reports. In these full days, it is necessary to step back and remember the big picture of librarianship. One important way to do that (and to stay current) is to continue education (formally or informally). And we should be paid to do that.