Sometimes I almost feel too connected. Posts by my Facebook “close friends” appear in my gmail inbox. I am also alerted when someone posts to the School Librarian’s Workshop Facebook page as well as those on pages to which I belong. I am on Linkedin and am connected to several groups there so I am notified about new postings. Then there is @hildakw, my Twitter account (#slworkshop), and Google+. Four different email accounts, one of which is the inbox for three electronic discussion lists to which I am subscribed, afford more connections.
I need all these sources to stay current with developments in the field….and yet these connections require a huge investment of time. Trying to balance being productive—as in writing articles for School Librarian’s Workshop—with building my knowledge base is a daily feat. Time management seems to be the most vital skill we all need to develop in our frequently overly “participatory culture.” Some days I am better at than others. How are you managing?