I identify with affective growth the most out of the four areas because in my professional career I find it vital to connect and learn with others. As a consulting and continuing education specialist for librarians and other library staff, it is very important for me to find new ways to disseminate information to information professionals. Soliciting feedback from information professionals is also vital to my job because I need to know if the learning opportunities I have presented to them are of value.
While exploring more social media websites I decided to join LinkedIn. I have thought about creating a LinkedIn account for a while but I never took the initiative because I feel like people do not discuss using it that often. When setting up my account I added a professional photo (the same one I used for my intro blog post) and followed some hashtags that correlated to the library field (see screenshot below) such as #library, #librarian, etc. The first person I followed was my husband so I could get a better sense of how LinkedIn worked. Then I began to add coworkers to my network. One thing I found interesting was that if you click on someone’s profile they receive a notification that you have done so, but this isn’t necessarily stated anywhere. The only reason I knew this was because my husband told me about it. After being on LinkedIn for a couple of days I received some notifications that people had viewed my profile. This feature can be a positive and a negative for obvious reasons. While this type of professional learning network can help you meet new people in a specific field some of the negatives I discovered included a lot of advertisements and a lot of notifications by telemarketer companies.