Keeping up with professional reading

Donna Feddern —  March 17, 2013 — Leave a comment

I was upset this week when I heard that Google Reader is going away, but the reality is that I find most of my professional online reading (articles and blog posts) through my Twitter feed. I’m following over a thousand people and they post a lot of interesting links. However, I am always looking for other news aggregators that suggest great articles, so I was very excited when my friend sent me a link to a NY Times blog post about this new app called Prismatic.

I downloaded it right away and spent the rest of my Friday night reading great articles and sharing them on Twitter. I logged into Prismatic through my Twitter account and it got a sense of the topics that interested me and allowed me to select which ones I wanted it to add to my profile. You can also search for any other topic that interests you and add it to your preferences.

I found this great Forbes article: How To Become A Successful Young Leader At Work
I think anyone early in their library career would benefit from the tips such as: volunteer opportunities allow you to get leadership experience, books are still great sources of advice on how to improve your leadership skills, and sometimes a good way to make your mark is to come up with solutions to problem areas which have been ignored for years.

I love reading management books but I don’t always have the time, so reading Prismatic articles on management is going to be a great way for me to keep learning and getting inspiration. I encourage you to try it and see if it works for you.

Donna Feddern

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Donna is the manager of two library branches for the Timberland Regional Library system in Washington State. Prior to that, she worked at the Escondido Public Library for 10 years, working in multiple positions from Automation Systems Librarian to Senior Librarian of Teen and Media Services, and finally Digital Services Manager. Her projects included a major website redesign and the LibraryYOU project. Donna has also worked on reference desks for the Free Library of Philadelphia, the King County Library System, and the Seattle Public Library and as a trainer for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation traveling to libraries in Oklahoma and New Mexico to provide computer training to library staff. Donna’s professional interests include management, staff development, library security, design thinking, and online marketing.

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