ALISE 2012 Conference (Dallas, Texas)

    Day & Date: Thursday, January 19, 2012  

    Time: 10:30am- 12noon      

    Session 5: Programs & Papers

    5.4 Juried Paper

Sponsored by the ALISE Doctoral Student SIG

Professional Learning Communities in Information Science

(PLC's and PLN's - Personal Learning Networks)

      Doctoral students discuss various ways to keep up with changes in information science and technology through developing professional learning communities.  Continuing education and professional development requires connectivity today more than ever due to new trends in information delivery, such as user-generated content, social networking, and Web 2.0 communication tools.  Each individual can easily be overwhelmed by the vast amount of information and tools available on the Internet.  Through collaboration, librarians and information professionals can collectively build a PLN (personal learning network) and a PLC (professional learning community) with a focus on the profession of librarianship and information technology.

     This panel will consist of doctoral students and candidates who have developed a both a PLN (personal learning network) and a PLC (professional learning community) through embracing emerging technology tools and collaborating with each other.  Examples of their experience exemplify the importance of "extending our reach" and "expanding our horizons".  The hierarchy of information has radically changed within the past decade.  The goal is to create opportunities that allow doctoral students to explore innovation while adhering to the core values and traditions of the profession.  Through a variety of interactive techniques and presentation styles, this panel will demonstrate a shift from top-down information delivery paradigm to a philosophy that allows respect for open source shared content and seeks best practices across all areas of information science and services.


Topics:  Panelists will cover emerging trends, such as...

Best tools for networking (FB, twitter, blogs, RSS, email listservs, MyTLA, ALA connect, etc)  How to organize them and use them effectively.

Essential Web 2.0 tools (We learn a new one every day!)  How do we decide which ones are best and keep up with them?  Examples:  easy online video sites for book trailers, best uses of wikis, online sharing of docs.

Research Collaboration  How to work together with colleagues to build on your strengths, so you know who to GO TO.

Keeping a lookout on innovation  How to collaborate through sharing predictions of future trends that impact our field. (Examples: Horizon Reports, augmented reality, virtual worlds, virtual reality, ebooks, affective computer software and 3D trends.)

Balancing physical and digital  (Some librarians will work with preservation and physical materials, some with digital, electronic & virtual resources.)


Participant Involvement:  Panelists will share unique presentation styles that allow for backchanneling among the participating audience.  Examples of the innovative trends presented will include interaction, such as mobile smart phone apps or interactive websites.  (Example: machinima shots taken in virtual worlds or live real-time shared photo shots).  Use of multiple formats (transliteracy) for all aspects of librarianship (public, academic, school, and special- including informatics)  will be included. 


Doctoral Student SIG Representative:

Delicia Tiera Greene

Doctoral Student

Syracuse University (The iSchool)

School of Information Studies

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Panel Organizer:

Valerie Hill

Doctoral Candidate

Lewisville ISD Librarian

Texas Woman's University School of Library & Information Studies

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"What a school thinks about its library is a measure of what it thinks about education."  ----    
         Harold Howe, former U.S. Commissioner of Education
Delicia T. Greene
PhD Student, Syracuse University
IMLS Fellow, School of Information Studies