TL Blogging Challenge #18 – What is your favorite professional development resource? Webinars? In person? Social media?
My favorite way to participate in professional development is still face-to-face. I enjoy going to the PA School Librarians Association annual conference and hearing from a real-life librarian what works in his or her library in PA. It’s very specific and personalized, and I feel more comfortable asking questions or making comments in person than I do online among a hundred or so participants. Same with our state-wide trainings. Each year, HSLC offers in-person training on Access PA inter-library loan system updates and the POWER Library databases (Pennsylvania’s digital resources available to every PA library for a nominal fee). Besides the free lunch, I enjoy the face-to-face interactions with our state library organizers and other local librarians. I get more out of networking with them than I did when the same course was offered as an online webinar only.
Since I’ve started using Twitter, however, I’ve discovered a plethora of expert educators who are happy to share their expertise. It still doesn’t feel like I get the same amount of learning from conversations with them, but I’m also so new to Twitter that I’m still stumbling over the hashtags and etiquette. I feel very inept sometimes when I read the profoundly wise tweets of my colleagues, and it’s hard not to compare.
Anyway, that’s about it for my own self-directed PD. My district offers some through contracted PD days, of course, but more often than not, it’s about Common Core (something I’m already pretty well-versed in) or I’m doing the teaching. Either way, I turn to social media and professional organizations like PSLA to help develop my own talents and skills professionally.
The blogging challenge is from Cybrarian Jen at Where Books and Technology Meet. I’m going to try it out, but instead of daily posts, I’m going to try for 1-2 posts a week.