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Bitesize CPD23 Thing 12: ‘Social’ Media

August 18th, 2011

My desk at home

Doesn't look very social.

This blog is part of 23 Things for Professional Development, a course encouraging information professionals to explore online tools. The current post is in ‘Bitesize’* format.

‘Putting the ‘social’ into social media’ is the theme for Thing 12. Social media is all about the social side for me, and I love both meeting new contacts in the library world through online networks, and consolidating relationships with those I’ve met offline. My challenge for this week is to add someone new to a social network, but I’ve already added new contacts on Twitter and Google Plus this week, and do most weeks.

CPD23 hasn’t really expanded my social networks much (perhaps a little during the online chat I participated in for Things 6 and 7) but mostly consolidated relationships with those I already knew. I think that’s i) because I have been pretty active online over time and ii) due to constraints on the number of relationships one can sustain – see Dunbar’s number for a theoretical perspective on this! However, I think social media in general has been crucial for my development as a professional, in particular for helping me to feel part of a wider librarian community than my immediate workplace.

*A truncated post to allow me to briefly consider CPD23 Themes I didn’t have the chance to investigate more deeply.

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