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Thing 1 of 23

23 Things for Professional Development is a course of study I’m beginning today to learn more than I now know about Library 2.0 tools. While I’ve been using many of these tools for the last ten or so years, I want to learn more!

My career is in a positive stage of its development. I’m the Youth Services Consultant for the State Library of Iowa and work with the children’s and teens’ librarians in our 543 public libraries in Iowa; serve as the State Library’s liaison to the State Department of Education, and to Iowa Public Television. I work with fantastic people, and I absolutely LOVE my work.

I was a youth services consultant at a regional library system in Illinois (which was wonderful while it lasted) and an academic library director in a for-profit online college, which was not wonderful. I hope Iowa’s Senator Harkin is successful in his efforts to regulate these businesses more tightly. For that is what they are–businesses, not institutions of higher education.

I’m looking forward to learning how to be a better blogger and how to use the practice of reflection more effectively in my professional life.

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  1. June 23, 2011 at 3:23 pm

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  2. June 25, 2011 at 8:07 am

    Hi Merri -I love that you are blogging. And also that you are back to being in a ‘positive’ stage of your career. I’ll look forward to stopping by here to see how this process is going. I’m in the midst of thesis writing and reflective development too, so this will be a source of inspiration! Hugs from the UK (soon to be Chicago). xo Erika J.

    • merrimonks
      June 25, 2011 at 9:27 pm

      Erika, thanks for leaving a comment! So good to hear from you. You may be too busy with your academic work, but this cpd23 program, from the UK, is a really good one. It’s geared to information professionals/librarians, but anyone can benefit from it. “Talk” with you soon!


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