For a couple of years now my friend Beth Gallaway has been asking me to submit a proposal with her for a Simmons College LIS continuing education class. We finally did it this year, and I'm pleased to say we're co-teaching an online workshop together this spring:
May 1 - 31, 2010
Should you separate your professional online identity from the personal, and if so, how? Self-promotion and branding is becoming increasingly important as library professionals face dwindling traditional employment opportunities, due to layoffs, downsizing, budget cuts, and library closings. On a more positive note, library staff wishing to contribute back to the profession may want to hone a professional identity that makes one marketable for teaching and training purposes, conference speaking or consulting. Developing a professional online identity for either purpose may be a challenging and rewarding endeavor.
More info on the Simmons site, and you can register here. If you've never set up a blog or personal website, you'll learn how -- if you have, we'll talk about how to use it and how to augment it. Topics will include privacy, professional development, personal branding, and technology how-to.