The PD high

It’s 10.30pm on the first Tuesday of the month and I am experiencing the PD high. You know the one, where you are on a high from a sense of accomplishment at completing a professional development activity. It can often be felt at the completion of an assignment, a presentation, an online course or, in my case tonight, participating in an online Twitter chat.

Many of you know that the first Tuesday of the month is #auslibchat or Australian Library Chat on Twitter. Each month, the ALIA New Generation Advisory Committee (NGAC) lead us through a professional discussion on a topic important to library and information services students and professionals. Tonight the topic was Critical Librarianship in Australia.

I had marked the chat in my calendar weeks ago and as I left work reminded myself to join in at 9pm. As 8.30pm rolled around and I was sitting on my couch watching TV my mind began to wander – maybe I should just go to bed instead, I can catch up tomorrow. How many of you have experienced this? The “I can’t be bothered” dialogue in your head. Tonight I said NO to my inner voice (let’s call him Barnaby) and made myself log in to Twitter and send that first tweet!

1.5 hours later and I was experiencing the PD high! My brain was buzzing with the accomplishment of having intelligent and thoughtful discussions with my LIS colleagues in a safe and supportive environment. I had expressed my opinions, engaged in conversation, shared resources, learned new things and challenged myself in a good way!

When you experience the PD high as I have tonight, it is important to take a moment to reflect on it so you can remember that feeling of accomplishment next time Barnaby pops up! Bugger off Barnaby!

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