Summary of the #NewProfNZ Twitter Chat, March 7th, 2013

Hey everyone,

Thanks to all who participated (or lurked) in the #NewProfNZ Twitter chat tonight – it was great to see some new faces and have some fantastic discussion! I’ve storified the tweets already – they are available via the link in this post, or on the Twitter Storifies page on the blog.

I’ve also written a short summary of the major points of discussion for you people that couldn’t make it. 🙂

So without further ado…

Q1. Who are new professionals? #NewProfNZ Do you agree/disagree with my definition under “Who can be involved?”

To sum up, most people agreed with the definition – Tracy thought it should be extended to those in “Information and” Library positions – as we are not all traditional librarians.

Main points made were:

(1). It should be open to those who would like to be involved

(2)The network is very attractive to those who needs support – particularly students, special librarians, those in a small workplace, or in rural areas.

(3) Related to point 2, that there is no support for LIS/MLIS students once they have finished study (and even within study in some cases) – really interested discussion about MLIS student’s networks and courses, and Open Polytechnic’s equivalents.

(4) There could be space for those more experience people who would like to be involved in a mentoring/buddy capacity – something to investigate further.

Q2. What relationship should #NewProfNZ have with LIANZA? 1. Part of, 2. Independent, 3. Independent but works with LIANZA, 4. Other

Most people agreed that we should be independent, but work with LIANZA.

We also discussed:

(1) Different models for relationship with LIANZA -the SIG model was discussed, but it was thought we need a more flexible model.

(2)Most people agreed that membership of the network should not be limited to LIANZA members – that we need to be open and flexible

(3) Heather Lamond, LIANZA president, is keen  to talk to some members of the group about models next week. Megan Ingle, Abigail Willemse, and possibly Mel Chivers will be representatives 🙂

(4) It is important to work with other information groups like like ARANZ, SIGs, new profession groups like IFLA and other international groups.

Q3. What is/are primary function(s) of #NewProfNZ? Community, think-tank, action group, support group, or other? 

The overwhelming reaction from the group was the support function. Ideas for how the support might work included:

(1) Twitter chats

(2) Skype/Google+ hangouts

(3) Webinars

(4) Face-to-face events

(5) Representation at other conferences/major events

(6) Local groups

Other discussion suggested that we give feedback to other groups and work in conjunction with them. Some people suggested that we need support of workplaces, and other organisations if we were to run a big event.

Another idea included shared resources (like the blog). We also discussed the important of cost and briefly mentioned other ways to keep cost down.

So that was our chat in a nut-shell – we’ve saved Qs 4-7 for next time. Hope you enjoyed reading our discussion!

Abigail Willemse.

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3 Responses to Summary of the #NewProfNZ Twitter Chat, March 7th, 2013

  1. wonderpup says:

    I really like the way this is going: open and inclusive. I think LIANZA could think of this as a “gateway group”.

    • “Gateway group” – I like that 🙂 Something that did come across very strongly last night was the support aspect of the group which I thought was very interesting. I think peer support will be an important feature of the group so it is definitely important to keep it open and inclusive.

  2. Just reading this now Abby, great work! I’d like to jump on board in the smallest and most flexible capacity available 🙂

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