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  • MySpace and Facebook Social Networking for Libraries Carmen Gray and Nicole Mills Glenview Public Library
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  • What is social networking? View slide
  • Some interesting facts:
    • 55% of all online teens (12-17) use social networking sites (Pew/Internet 2007)
    • Of the top 10 websites used among college students, the top 2 are Facebook and MySpace (Anderson Analytics, LLC)
    • Facebook has 60 million users, of which at least half return daily, the average user spending 20 minutes on the site
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  • More statistics…
    • Facebook began in 2004 as the brain child of Harvard University student, Mark Zuckerberg, who wanted to find a way for Harvard colleagues to connect with each other. (InformationToday, March 2008).
    • To date, Myspace has a total of 300 million users, although not all are active (“active” refers only to those who have logged on within the last 30 days) (InformationToday, March 2008).
  • Privacy and Security
    • Among the teens who have profiles, 66% of them say that their profile is not visible to all Internet users (Pew/Internet 2007)
    • Use of common sense is important – do NOT post personal info like last name, phone number, address or any way you can be reached outside of the forum.
  • Safe Blogging Tips
    • Be Anonymous
    • Protect Your Info-make sure there is a “friends” list so you may decide who visits your profile
    • Avoid in-person meetings-If there is an in-person meeting, make sure to know of the person’s actual identity and ALWAYS meeting in a public place!
    • Think Before You Post-What’s uploaded can be downloaded by ANYONE and reposted to hurt your reputation
    • Check Comments regularly
    • Be Honest About Your Age
    • (Illinois Library Association, 2006 Connectsafely.org, http://www.ila.org/netsafe)
  • Social Networking Tips for Parents
    • Be Responsible and set reasonable expectations
    • Be Open with your children and discuss internet safety regularly-let them know they can come to you if they encounter a problem online
    • Have a central location in the house for internet use-not in a child’s bedroom
    • Try to get your children to share their blogs or online profiles with you
    • (Illinois Library Association, 2006 ConnectSafely.org, http://www.ila.org/netsafe )
  • Privacy and Security Resources
    • iSAFE ( http://www.isafe.org )
    • Provides resources about Internet safety for parents, educators, kids & teens, and law enforcement
    • NetSmartz ( http://www.netsmartz.org )
    • Provides resources about Internet safety that is maintained by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
  • Privacy and Security Resources
    • Wired Safety.org: Blog Sites, Profile Sites, Diary Sites or Social Networking Sites
    • ( http://www.wiredsafety.org/internet101/blogs.html )
    • Information on what parents need to do in order to help their children stay safe when using social networking technologies.
  • So what does this mean for libraries?
  • Why libraries?
    • This gives us a chance to educate and set and example.
    • Why? Because patrons are already doing it.
    • Social networking sites organize and communicate information (so do we!)
    • Establish a library presence online
    • We want to stay ahead of the game
    • Marketing
    • Library professional networking
  • Libraries and social networking
    • Patrons are expecting us to keep up – patrons age 18-30 are the leading users of libraries to solve information problems (Pew/Internet 2007)
    • It’s ok if your social networking sites aren’t being used by everyone – they’re not for everyone, but for a targeted audience
  • Rules, rules, rules
    • Make sure you have buy-in from management before your library pages on social networking sites
    • You will want to see if your library has a policy for Web 2.0 projects (if they don’t, they should)
    • Decide who will maintain the sites and find out who can contribute in your library. Have rules and guidelines for posting.
    • Keep it timely and maintain on a regular basis.
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  • Useful Resources
    • Teens & Social Networking in School & Public Libraries: A Toolkit for Librarians and Library Workers
      • http://www.ala.org/ala/yalsa/profdev/SocialNetworkingToolkit_Jan08.pdf
    • Teens, Privacy & Online Social Networks: How teens manage their online identities and personal information in the age of MySpace
      • http://www.pewinternet.org
  • Questions? Carmen Gray: [email_address] Nicole Mills: [email_address]