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What we need to be virtual

Posted in of interest by millerlibrarian on May 2, 2009

If you have read my posts before, you know that I am very interested in virtual/distance learning, virtual networking and virtual librarianship.  If you have not seen my posts, I am very interested in virtual/distance learning, virtual networking and virtual librarianship. 🙂  Because of my interests, I am constantly looking for virtual information and opportunities at the many meetings/conferences/unconferences that are announced.  Unfortunately, my luck has not been so good.

We need to have virtual opportunities:

College students need to have access to a virtual toolbox – they need to know about and use various resources and applications.  They need to be able to attend virtual conferences and unconferences to learn about and know the topics shared and the speakers sharing them.

Librarians and Information Professionals need to have a larger variety of professional development opportunities.  We need to be able to access these from our workplaces – from our computers.  We need to hear from the people giving the keynotes in order to share the message.

Virtual networking is simply that – virtual.  It would be nice to have the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues and others in the profession to bring their ideas and the things that worked for them to our areas.  We cannot do this if we do not have access to virtual networking opportunities (real time, live events).

All the buzz is about a growing virtual arena, but we must make it an immediate effort to facilitate virtual attendance.  The first thing that I look for when I see or hear about something is a virtual piece.  I am not finding many…

What do you think?

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