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Social Media, Children’s Books, and
the Goblet of Fire
(okay, not really… but it sounds so dramatic!)
October 26, 2010
The...
I’m geeky so you don’t have to be.
I
Web 2.0!
Telling Fibs since 2006
A LIBRARY GROWS!
Donations. Read-aloud ideas. Resources.
EVERYONE, online and offline,
wants kids to read.
Web 2.0
The Social Web
Web 3.0
• The names of the networks might change, but
it’s not going away.
• It’s big.
• It’s globa...
Y.A.W.S.A.D.
think of
Trust
Influence
If Facebook were a country…
… it would be the third most populous nation on
Earth.
Over 500 million members, with more tha...
A Few More Stats
Late 2009: over 234,000,000 websites
on the net
Late 2009 (per Blog Pulse): over
126,000,000 blogs
on the...
The Blogosphere!
(collectively, all the blogs that are out there.)
Knock, Knock. Who’s There?
teachers, writers, illustrators, librarians,
editors, agents, literacy advocates,
publishers, b...
?
What are they/we looking for?
CONNECTION
INFORMATION
CONTEXT
Blogs
Act as home base or website
Create a place for interaction
Can demonstrate expertise
A blog can give people reasons ...
Community Events… Online!
• Carnival of Children’s Literature (monthly)
• Poetry Friday (weekly)
• Non-Fiction Monday (wee...
Bigger Still
• Share a Story – Shape a Future
• Guys Lit Wire book drive
• Operation Teen Book Drop
• The Haiti/Earthquake...
Why do we do what we do?
We love children’s literature, of course!
How Can People Benefit From the
Kidlitosphere?
• Knowledge
• Access
• Context
• Resources
• More resources
• And a few mor...
Filter!
thatth
that’s one thing he hated…
the NOISE! NOISE!
NOISE! NOISE!
A Listening Efficiency Tip
• Get on JacketFlap or get a Google Reader
account and SUBSCRIBE to blogs as you find
them.
Vis...
Say “Please” and “Thank You”
There are different ways to ask for help:
Some are more effective than others.
When someone h...
and the real-time web
What are you doing?
12:01:01 p.m.
Hey, what about now?
12:01:02 p.m.
Let’s Chat!
#kidlitchat – Tuesday nights at 6 PM our time
Transcripts are stored at The Happy Accident
(http://www.thehapp...
6:00 PM Pacific time
#YAlitchat - Wednesday
#kidlitart – Thursday
7:00 PM Pacific time
#pblitchat - Monday
http://bit.ly/w...
Knock, Knock. Who’s There?
teachers, writers, illustrators, librarians,
editors, agents, literacy advocates,
publishers, b...
#speakloudly became speakloudly.org
People are People
We are not just one thing online any more than
we are one thing offline.
So… how does this relate to kids and
reading?
It’s complicated.
Kids these days…
They are active online, but in general…
They don’t read blogs. They don’t connect with
adults on Twitter ...
TRUTH
• teens get on social networks to talk to their
peers but not to those who have power over
them (via @zephoria)
Micr...
So, again… how does this affect kids
and reading?
• They are digital natives
• They don’t interact with adults online
• Th...
Books and Stories Need Mindshare
As we tweet and blog, we spread the word.
We reach and form new communities.
We give cont...
INNOVATION!
• Tweeting Animal Farm
• Skype Author Visits
• Live Twitter Chats
• Yes, the 39 Clues
• Inkpop.com
We need way...
thE futurE includEs
We must NOT demonize video games, social
networks, e-readers, and iPads. We cannot
cast these as the villains with
“the bo...
Embrace the Tools
• Find trusted sources. Become trusted sources.
• Put children’s literature – in a positive way –
into t...
Thanks to Susan Erickson for bringing me
here today, and to all of you for coming on
out.
Questions? Comments? Feedback?
F...
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  1. 1. Social Media, Children’s Books, and the Goblet of Fire (okay, not really… but it sounds so dramatic!) October 26, 2010 The Lewis Library and Technology Center
  2. 2. I’m geeky so you don’t have to be.
  3. 3. I Web 2.0!
  4. 4. Telling Fibs since 2006
  5. 5. A LIBRARY GROWS! Donations. Read-aloud ideas. Resources. EVERYONE, online and offline, wants kids to read.
  6. 6. Web 2.0 The Social Web Web 3.0 • The names of the networks might change, but it’s not going away. • It’s big. • It’s global. • Did I mention it’s not going away?
  7. 7. Y.A.W.S.A.D. think of Trust Influence
  8. 8. If Facebook were a country… … it would be the third most populous nation on Earth. Over 500 million members, with more than 150 million added in 2009.
  9. 9. A Few More Stats Late 2009: over 234,000,000 websites on the net Late 2009 (per Blog Pulse): over 126,000,000 blogs on the net
  10. 10. The Blogosphere! (collectively, all the blogs that are out there.)
  11. 11. Knock, Knock. Who’s There? teachers, writers, illustrators, librarians, editors, agents, literacy advocates, publishers, book designers, students, reviewers, reporters, kids, parents potential friends, potential champions, potential readers
  12. 12. ? What are they/we looking for?
  13. 13. CONNECTION
  14. 14. INFORMATION
  15. 15. CONTEXT
  16. 16. Blogs Act as home base or website Create a place for interaction Can demonstrate expertise A blog can give people reasons to keep coming back to a site time and again to form a community.
  17. 17. Community Events… Online! • Carnival of Children’s Literature (monthly) • Poetry Friday (weekly) • Non-Fiction Monday (weekly) Poetry prompts, collections of reviews, what’s in your to be read pile, literacy roundup, etc. plus etc.!
  18. 18. Bigger Still • Share a Story – Shape a Future • Guys Lit Wire book drive • Operation Teen Book Drop • The Haiti/Earthquake Booklists • Cover controversies • National Poetry Month, 2010
  19. 19. Why do we do what we do? We love children’s literature, of course!
  20. 20. How Can People Benefit From the Kidlitosphere? • Knowledge • Access • Context • Resources • More resources • And a few more resources Jump in! The water’s fine….
  21. 21. Filter! thatth that’s one thing he hated… the NOISE! NOISE! NOISE! NOISE!
  22. 22. A Listening Efficiency Tip • Get on JacketFlap or get a Google Reader account and SUBSCRIBE to blogs as you find them. Visiting blogs each day takes time. Bring content TO you so it’s there for your on your terms.
  23. 23. Say “Please” and “Thank You” There are different ways to ask for help: Some are more effective than others. When someone helps or is nice to you, show appreciation. You can make fans for life.
  24. 24. and the real-time web What are you doing? 12:01:01 p.m. Hey, what about now? 12:01:02 p.m.
  25. 25. Let’s Chat! #kidlitchat – Tuesday nights at 6 PM our time Transcripts are stored at The Happy Accident (http://www.thehappyaccident.net) HOW TO CHAT: http://bit.ly/writerchats (great article by Debbie Ridpath Ohi)
  26. 26. 6:00 PM Pacific time #YAlitchat - Wednesday #kidlitart – Thursday 7:00 PM Pacific time #pblitchat - Monday http://bit.ly/writerchats - @inkyelbows #followreader, #writechat, #litchat, #scribechat, #edchat, #scriptchat, #younameititexistschat
  27. 27. Knock, Knock. Who’s There? teachers, writers, illustrators, librarians, editors, agents, literacy advocates, publishers, book designers, students, reviewers, reporters, kids, parents potential friends, potential champions, potential readers
  28. 28. #speakloudly became speakloudly.org
  29. 29. People are People We are not just one thing online any more than we are one thing offline.
  30. 30. So… how does this relate to kids and reading? It’s complicated.
  31. 31. Kids these days… They are active online, but in general… They don’t read blogs. They don’t connect with adults on Twitter or Facebook. They talk with peers via updates or in communities. (oh yeah, they text. A LOT.)
  32. 32. TRUTH • teens get on social networks to talk to their peers but not to those who have power over them (via @zephoria) Microsoft researcher danah boyd http://www.danah.org http://www.zephoria.org
  33. 33. So, again… how does this affect kids and reading? • They are digital natives • They don’t interact with adults online • They do interact among their peers • They need communities where it is safe to talk And…
  34. 34. Books and Stories Need Mindshare As we tweet and blog, we spread the word. We reach and form new communities. We give context and content. But we also need…
  35. 35. INNOVATION! • Tweeting Animal Farm • Skype Author Visits • Live Twitter Chats • Yes, the 39 Clues • Inkpop.com We need ways to tie story and technology together, particularly since…
  36. 36. thE futurE includEs
  37. 37. We must NOT demonize video games, social networks, e-readers, and iPads. We cannot cast these as the villains with “the book” as the hero. (it didn’t work for our parents, either)
  38. 38. Embrace the Tools • Find trusted sources. Become trusted sources. • Put children’s literature – in a positive way – into the zeitgeist. • Experiment. Explore. Act like a kid! (I know… I’m preaching to the choir!)
  39. 39. Thanks to Susan Erickson for bringing me here today, and to all of you for coming on out. Questions? Comments? Feedback? Future winning lottery numbers? Greg Pincus greg@thehappyaccident.net
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