The second workshop I ran at the CoFHE/UC&R Joint Conference was aimed primarily at new professionals, although much of the content was relevant to all – it was titled “New professionals: build your network using social media”. I updated some of the material from similar presentations I have given previously, and extended the scope to include tools and tips to help build a network.

The main focus of the presentation was blogging and microblogging as they are the social media tools I’ve gained most from personally. I also touched on the use of social networking and we had interesting discussions around Facebook and LinkedIn.

Some of the tools I mentioned to find library and information professional’s blogs and tweets to follow included:

I also discussed some tips for promoting accounts including:

  • Add your accounts to relevant lists and directories
  • Include links in your email signature
  • Add to business card (or create networking card)
  • Link your accounts
  • Engage in conversation
  • Keep content fresh and unique
  • Share your passion!

You can view a copy of the presentation below:

It was quite a small, (“elite” according to @llordllama!) group – I guess that’s to be expected with a focus on a specific group of attendants (and the first session of the morning after the conference dinner!) – but I was really pleased that those who came along were willing to share their experiences and advice. I enjoyed the discussions, and hope the attendees took something of value from the session.

Do you have any further tools, tips or advice I’ve overlooked?

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