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Social Media - make it work for you!

Course Details:

The internet has had the effect of shrinking our world and no one need feel alone or isolated with thousands of virtual friends online at any one time which is fantastic for those of us who are in quite a solitary job , but how do you make those initial contacts? Twitter is a very powerful tool but one does need to learn how to use it to best effect, there is a vast global community of people that will share your interests but tweeting for the first time can be daunting , it appears to be complicated and really is it worth your while making the effort?! The answer to this is a resounding ‘yes’ , there is so much value in being able to interact with inspiring people and be kept up to date with developments from authors, publishers and other companies. Many Twitter chats go on each week and they are an excellent way to network and to provide much needed professional development. What about Facebook – just a place to share with family and friends or a marketing and professional tool? Do you have a Linked In profile? It is an invaluable  professional tool  and is something that potential employers check frequently. This course will tell you all you need to know about using social networking in libraries to best advantage, and inform you about new applications and their use, Pinterest for example.

Trainer: Bev Humphrey

Bev Humphrey is now a Literacy and Technology Consultant after spending 10 years as a school librarian.  She worked in an all boys secondary school in South East London and during this time developed a passion for encouraging her students to read and write for pleasure, often using online media to do so.  She was given a Reading Hero Award by the Literacy Trust at the end of the National Year of Reading for her work during this year and her international collaborative writing project, the Write Path was shortlisted for a Times Educational Supplement New Literacy Initiative Award in 2009 and has twice been shortlisted for a Lemos and Crane Literacy Award.  Bev also worked with the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust as a Lead Practitioner for literacy.  As a consultant Bev has presented at seminars and conferences all over the country for E2BN, Renaissance Learning, CILIP, SLG and SLA amongst others.  A self-confessed geek, Bev lives much of her life online and loves using exciting new technology as a motivator for young people’s learning.  She is a member of the SLA Board and Editor – ICT@SLA.  Bev is at her happiest when enlightening colleagues in education about the possibilities of literacy presented by new technologies for enthusing young people about reading and writing for pleasure or when she is working with school librarians who are of course her favourite people!

Key Audience:

Primary and secondary school staff

Venues and Dates:

No venues/dates are currently scheduled for this course. For more information about possible future dates, please contact the SLA Office.

Additional Notes:

The timings for this course have been planned so that delegates have the opportunity to attend a networking session for High School Librarians at the end of the day if they wish to do so. 

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