The Personal Learning Network is about establishing connections and developing relationships with peers, professionals, and specialists in an effort to inspire and discover resources for growth. My personal learning network is valuable and practical because my team espouses multiple perspectives in a supportive environment. Simply put, a PLN is a platform for information exchange, informal learning, and social support, but I have noticed a remarkable difference between my pre-digital PLN and my current PLN which is supported by social media and knowledge gained from my Library and Information Studies classes. As an educator and now as a librarian, I understand the scope of the benefits both personal and professional learning networks. For years, I have engaged in professional development opportunities and spent time collaborating with colleagues about a wide range of content topics and topics of interest to me like understanding the gifted population and obtaining my National Board Certification.
My learning network which I describe in artifact 1 has afforded me the opportunity to meet new people and create new ties that have supported my need for growth and self-fulfillment. Considering where my PLN started and examining the impact of my journey through graduate school I have become increasingly aware that the digital component is what makes my PLN thrive. My digital component includes: Twitter, Pinterest, Scoopit, Blogs, & Facebook all of which provide me with a wide range of resources and knowledgeable colleagues at the click of a button. In addition, following Digital Direction, Good Reads, Noodle Tools, Growing Bookworms, & Youth Media Awards have proven to be compliments to the Association for Library Service to Children, the American Library Association, the School Library Journal, and the North Carolina School Library Media Association which I have been following for a while. Artifact 2 provides an example of using social media in order to instantly to connect with others about services and interests relevant to me. The organizations and professionals I follow offer multiple perspectives on a range of topics, but the critical factor is the immediacy in which I can access information from these resources, making it so easy for me to stay on top of trends and issues related to the library program.
Artifact 1-Professional Learning Network
Artifact 2-North Carolina School Library Media Association Membership and Conference #