- How do you feel about different publishing platforms? How can you see yourself using them, particularly in relation to your project? Which of the two platforms (Facebook and Twitter) appeal to you most? How can you see yourself using them?
I do like to publish content on my blog, even if I don’t expect anyone to ever read it (apart from fellow course participants and maybe future employers). I like to use Facebook on a personal level but I can’t imagine taking the time and effort to set up a separate professional profile. I do have a few friends who work in libraries who do post relevant information and find this is enough for now. I currently have a Twitter account, which I occasionally use in a professional capacity, so I think of that and the blog as my professional face. In relation to my project, I’d possibly use Twitter to share my learnings if appropriate.
- What do you think makes a good online citizen and how do we become one?
I think online citizenship shouldn’t be that different from the broader concept of citizenship in society. We need to protect ourselves and our community, be tolerant of others and their differences, treat others as we would wish to be treated, and endeavour to make our world a better place in any ways we can.
- How do you feel about privacy and sharing ideas online after reading this module?
I think the concept of online privacy is an evolving one. Young people today have a very different idea of privacy than those of us who can remember a pre-internet time. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, they live in a different world than the one we grew up in. They will need to learn that there are consequences and dangers in their behavior online the same as everybody else has had to as they discover the internet. Particularly in an educational library setting but also in a public library it’s important to try to teach young people about privacy issues whenever the opportunity is there. In fact, in my experience in a public library setting it can also be older people who need to be educated. However, we can’t let a fear of sharing too much stop us from sharing our ideas and expertise online. The internet has become such a rich and rewarding place due to the input of a wide range of people and perhaps an onus of online citizenship should be to try to contribute where you can.
Document of the Project plan