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23cpd Thing # 7

So far the only site from Thing #7 I’m already signed up with is Link In.  When I was first getting familiar with it earlier this year, I signed up for a few photography related groups.  Thankfully I was able to profit from the group wisdom and I gleaned answers to questions I’d had for quite some time such as which company to use when I switch my photography website.  Also some members of the same group, Women In Photography, were helpful when I was pondering a new domain name.  As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve specifically chosen not to have a personal page on Facebook but may chose to have one for business at a later date. I enjoyed reading about other library organizations and might at sometime want to join SLA or MLA.  But at this time I’m fine with belonging to a local (CABL)  and a regional medical library group (MLGSCA).

A = Apple : One of my photographs and a Related Quotation I Like + Thing #5

One of My Peruvian APPLE Cactus Blossoms 2008

“I’m not smart, but I like to observe. Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton was the one who asked why.”       found on

Bernard M. Baruch quotes (American Economist and adviser to US presidents, 1870-1965)

As a way to organize (and we who work in libraries love to organize information) how I present photographs I’ve taken and quotations I like, I’ve decided to start by going through the alphabet.

I also thought the quotation I picked related to the 23cpd Reflection assignment.  It’s one thing to learn about and try new tools.  It’s something completely different to take time to reflect on why I’m doing this, what it says about me and the numerous other questions.  But as I believe the Baruch quotation so aptly illustrates, the ones willing to take time to ask meaningful questions and then integrate what they’ve learned are the ones more likely to achieve clarity and then make valuable contributions in their fields rather than just barely keeping up and feeling like hamsters running on wheels in their cages.

As for me, it’s very obvious that I’m unwilling to bite off too much at a time.  I have appreciated reading how other 23cpders have also had resistance to using twitter and how some have stuck their toes in and found how to make it work for them.  At least I’m more open to looking into it at a later date now.  Maybe when the course is over as a way to keep in contact with other like minded individuals, I’ll check it out.

23cpd Thing #4

I made an executive decision and decided not to do Twitter and Pushnote at this time. There is definitely a limit to how many online accounts I want to contribute to and keep up with.  Unlike some, any time I devote to committees or professional development is done on my own time because the number of hours that I’m allowed to work at my library job are restricted and I believe the hours I’m there are best spent serving my patrons.

I am glad to finally understand and start using RSS with some sites I’ve recently become aware of.

23cpd thing 3

In doing a Google search for myself as part of 23cpd thing #3, I found that the top few hits on the page were indeed for me and was also reminded that there are a number of others with my same combined first and last name.  I’ve already gone in and added my middle initial to the title of my webpage, this blog and my LinkedIn listing to differentiate myself.

I was especially happy to see that my photography website now comes up first for a Kathleen Shepler search because it used to not even come up on the first page.  However, I also noticed that the pages connected to my professional day job no longer come up on the first page and I’m not sure why.  The only other listing was a old posting on the MLGSCA Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona blog about an award I won.
As for whether the pages that came up were ones I’d be comfortable having someone see if they were looking for information about me.  Yes.  That’s probably because long ago a wise teacher of mine suggested we might want to consider living our lives so that we’d be comfortable seeing anything we’d done on the front page of the newspaper.  However, as LinkedIn constantly reminds its users, I keep reminding myself to be careful about what type of specific contact and identifying information I post online.

23cpd Blogs I’ve Looked At Tonight

Squeezed in time to look at three of my fellow 23cpder’s blogs this evening as part of Thing #1.   Found I was drawn by the use of certain words in the blog titles as I quickly scanned the list of participant blogs.

  • Climbing the Stacks, because I like climbing things. Turns out the author wants to be a medical librarian.
  • Fiction&Fotos because the author and I both are including photography as a focus in our blog.