What’s out there RIGHT NOW in online learning and professional development?

I was lucky enough to attend and present at the national ALLA 2013 ‘Agitations’ conference. The amazing and thought provoking ideas shared at the conference has put me into a professional development (PD) spin. In this flurry of activity I have enrolled in a MOOC (and ACTUALLY watching it!), I’ve updated my WordPress reader with new blogs I want to follow, my email updates for ALIA, LinkedIn, Twitter are up to date. It’s getting crazy PD here! In searching for exciting learning opportunities I’ve found some real beauties!
The Digital Shift (#TDS13) – Reinventing libraries
On 16 October 2013, the internet will host the 4th annual Digital Shift conference. The theme for this years conference is Reinventing Libraries. Whilst the live conference is run on US time all events are recorded and you have access to them for 3 months after the event!
Sessions at the conference include:
– the evolution of professional development with MOOCs
– School libraries
– Developing successful community spaces in public libraries
– eCollections and developing your digital collection
Register for the conference at http://www.thedigitalshift.com/reinventinglibraries/ 
Library 2.013
On 18-19th of October 2013, the third annual Library 2.0 virtual conference will take place. Taking place in multiple time zones and multiple languages the conference will discuss these exciting topics: MOOCs, e-books, maker spaces, mobile services, embedded librarians, green libraries and everyone can contribute and discuss!
There are also Presenters, resources and more!
Register for the conference at http://www.library20.com/2013
There are a lot of opportunities to develop your library and information science knowledge with massive open online courses (MOOCs). In a post on On Firmer Ground, Katie Thomas does a fantastic job at sharing all the Library related MOOCs available. Her post is at http://firmerground.wordpress.com/2013/09/30/moocs-whats-in-it-for-law-librarians/
One thing about MOOCs that I really like is that you can expand your knowledge. I’m a strong believe (and hardwired to need) a holistic perspective so as library and information professionals not only do we need to have expertise in our field but also an awareness and understanding of the wider environment in which we operate. There is a definite advantage in understanding how organisations should best manage disruptive technologies (Surviving Disruptive Technologies – Coursera), an awareness of how people communicate and communication flows (Introduction to Communication Science – Coursera), being innovative within your organisation (Design thinking to business innovation – Coursera or Developing innovative ideas for new companies – Coursera). All these courses and many more will help you open your perspective as well as understand and develop new opportunities for your library/knowledge centre/business and one of the exciting things about it is that your not taking cue’s from whats been done before. By expanding your perspective and finding the right way to implement your ideas you can be the leader rather than a follower in the industry so remember: 

Just because the MOOC doesn’t have ‘library’ in the title doesn’t mean its not relevant!!!


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