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Personal Learning Networks & your online identity

Where do you go for information? Who do you turn to for help? Who are your mentors? How do you learn what you need to know? All of these resources are part of your Personal Learning Network (PLN).  A PLN is your collection of resources, colleagues - local and distant, experts, websites, books, journals, podcasts, videos, social networks – anything that you can turn to when you need help finding out about something. It's also about you sharing your expertise with others.




Stages of PLN Adoption

google profiles -


Expand Your PLN: Blogs


Follow Blogs

Write a blog




delicicious is a handy online bookmarking site. It allows you to access your bookmarks from any web browser, wherever you are. This is very great for people who use multiple computers and/or want to share their bookmarks with others.

delicious can also help you discover new resources and add to your Personal Learning Network. 


Build a delicious network

The goal is to find other users who share your interests. Once you’ve added them to your network, you can easily view the links they’re adding to delicious.



Other ways to add to your network


Make delicious work for you



A very popular micro-blogging service. You post short messages of 140 character or less. These messages, known as tweets, appear in a steady stream of messages on the screen. You see messages of the people you are following. The people following you see your messages. Twitter lets you go backwards in time through many screens of older tweets.


This may sound odd at first, but once you’ve developed a good network, you just might find it very useful. It’s a great way to broadcast a question to a large group of people all at once.


You can also send private messages to people through the Direct Message feature. Longer discussions can be followed up via email.


Finding people to follow:




More Resources:



Facebook is one of the largest online communities. For many, it’s a way to keep up to date on what their friends and family are doing. Facebook makes it simple to send a status update that tells all your friends what you’re up to. And you can get updates from all your friends just as easily. 


It’s also very popular for connecting with colleagues. There are many, many librarians on Facebook. After you join, search for names of colleagues and view their public profile. Click on Add as Friend to send them a message.  If they accept your friend request, you’ll be able to see each other’s updates and start communicating. 


Look for friends and colleagues that you truly want to connect with. Better to grow your network slowly and make real connections than have 1000 ‘friends’ you don’t know and don’t care about. 


Getting Started


Facebook Privacy

Pay attention to privacy settings. I can't say this loudly enough! Don’t leave your account wide open so that anyone can find out all about you. As soon as you sign up, use the Settings & Privacy menu to check what is public and what isn’t.

It’s a bit of a pain to go through all the settings, but important.  For example: can your photos and notes be seen by the friends of your friends? That exposes your content to a lot of people. Do you want that? Maybe, maybe not. You need to decide.



Online communities offer members a place to share ideas, post news, share projects, have conversations around topics and more.  These are two communities geared towards educators.


My Twitter network

This is a fun tool that creates a mosaic of your twitter followers images. Each image links back to that person's twitter account. There are tons of 3rd party tools designed to work with twitter.


Get your twitter mosaic here.