Make The Web Work For You – Project Plan Reflection (Module 5/Unit5)

09 Jun
  • 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


Posted by on June 9, 2015 in Make The Web Work For You


2 responses to “Make The Web Work For You – Project Plan Reflection (Module 5/Unit5)

  1. alexahunt42

    June 10, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    That is such an interesting point about all internet users potentially needing advice about privacy and security, regardless of the type of library they are in. I worked in a TAFE library for a short period of time and found some of the older patrons really struggled with some of these issues. I guess it goes to show you are never too old to learn! (Which is lucky for me!!!)
    Thanks for a really interesting post!!

  2. Catherine Hainstock

    June 17, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    Hi Kara,
    Glad to hear you are enjoying the blogging experience and if you enjoy doing it, there are a lot of good reasons to continue on after this course is finished.
    1/ It is a wonderful record of your professional learning and development – eg. any PD events you attend, professional reading, projects etc. you have evidence if you need to produce it.
    2/ You are creating a digital footprint that will allow any potential/future employers to see that you are engaging with the digital world and technology.
    3/ You have a platform for sharing with other professionals. Sharing your blogposts on OZTL_Net or our VicPLN facebook page will reach those of us who appreciate other’s perspectives and doings.

    I’m sure you can think of others =)

    And what an excellent point you made (as Alexa says) we can’t just focus on the young when it comes to digital citizenship, older people also need help and as you mention it is often fear that they are dealing with. What strategies do you employ to help them with it? I’m sure that is a topic that others would be interested to read about =)
    Thanks for reflecting on these points.

    All the best,
    Catherine (for the team)


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