Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Let's Talk Networking


To be honest, networking is not really one of my strengths.  This is something I continue to work on.  I have made contact with some great publishers and am currently starting to participate in some blog tours which I am excited about.

As far as local networking goes, my blog enables me to share good books with the other school librarians in my district.  I started out creating lists and emailing them out every couple of months, but I simply didn't have the time to keep doing it. I decided that a blog would allow me to share books one or two at a time, which took a lot less time from my work days.  We meet once a month to talk about various issues of concern to the whole group and one of those meetings is devoted to talking about book recommendations. I do so love talking about books.  These meetings are never long enough. :)

As far as the future goes, I'm hoping to share my blog with the local library association that involves all the local libraries, school, public, and university.  I also hope to make contact with some local authors for future posts.  I am more than open to additional ideas about how to share my work.  Feel free to share any ideas you may have.

9 comments:

  1. Hi, Heidi!


    Stopping by from Armchair BEA. :)

    -Len of Musings of a Reader Happy

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  2. It's great that you get to share with other school librarians, i hope that you can get involved with the local association as well


    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

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  3. Networking is so hard. Notice that I didn't even clue in to Armchair BEA! I find it harder to connect with the other librarians in my district than with librarians in the blogosphere sometimes. One thing I have done is to give presentations at our Waiver Days (we have workshops for teachers instead of classes when buildings have election activity in them) on 100 Great New Books. Sometimes I give three presentations, attended by 40+ teachers from all over the district. That's always fun. Maybe you could do something similar if your district has continuing ed options. Bonus: you get an audience!

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  4. Very cool that you are able to network with all of the local librarians! I hope you break through to the local association soon!

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  5. Your local librarian association is an ideal place to start networking.

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  6. Those ideas sound good to me! I haven't networked with my local library yet, but I need to. I don't really know how to start. Those meetings sound really fun :)

    Jessica @ Books: A true story

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  7. Networking is something that you'll have to work on, but at least you can take small steps. Thinking of innovative ways to get your issues out there is one of the best things to do. I've found that pairing with local organizations (virutally as well as in person) for discussion posts works well. I'm glad you joined ABEA because that's a great step! Tattooed Books

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  8. I am pretty horrible about networking but like you said, baby steps :-)

    Tanya
    Girlxoxo.com

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  9. I've always wondered if libraries use book blogs very much. I'm not sure ours does, but it probably varies from district to district.

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