MySpace and Facebook Social Networking for Libraries Carmen Gray and Nicole Mills Glenview Public Library
 
What is social networking?
Some interesting facts: <ul><li>55% of all online teens (12-17) use social networking sites (Pew/Internet 2007) </li></ul>...
More statistics… <ul><li>Facebook began in 2004 as the brain child of Harvard University student, Mark Zuckerberg, who wan...
Privacy and Security <ul><li>Among the teens who have profiles, 66% of them say that their profile is not visible to all I...
Safe Blogging Tips  <ul><li>Be Anonymous </li></ul><ul><li>Protect Your Info-make sure there is a “friends” list so you ma...
Social Networking Tips for Parents <ul><li>Be Responsible and set reasonable expectations </li></ul><ul><li>Be Open with y...
Privacy and Security Resources <ul><li>iSAFE ( http://www.isafe.org ) </li></ul><ul><li>Provides resources about Internet ...
Privacy and Security Resources <ul><li>Wired Safety.org:  Blog Sites, Profile Sites, Diary Sites or Social Networking Site...
So what does this mean for libraries?
Why libraries? <ul><li>This gives us a chance to educate and set and example. </li></ul><ul><li>Why? Because patrons are a...
Libraries and social networking <ul><li>Patrons are expecting us to keep up – patrons age 18-30 are the leading users of l...
Rules, rules, rules <ul><li>Make sure you have buy-in from management before your library pages on social networking sites...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Useful Resources <ul><li>Teens & Social Networking in School & Public Libraries: A Toolkit for Librarians and Library Work...
Questions? Carmen Gray: [email_address] Nicole Mills: [email_address]
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Reaching Forward MySpace/Facebook 2008

  1. 1. MySpace and Facebook Social Networking for Libraries Carmen Gray and Nicole Mills Glenview Public Library
  2. 3. What is social networking?
  3. 4. Some interesting facts: <ul><li>55% of all online teens (12-17) use social networking sites (Pew/Internet 2007) </li></ul><ul><li>Of the top 10 websites used among college students, the top 2 are Facebook and MySpace (Anderson Analytics, LLC) </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook has 60 million users, of which at least half return daily, the average user spending 20 minutes on the site </li></ul>
  4. 5. More statistics… <ul><li>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). </li></ul><ul><li>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). </li></ul>
  5. 6. Privacy and Security <ul><li>Among the teens who have profiles, 66% of them say that their profile is not visible to all Internet users (Pew/Internet 2007) </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  6. 7. Safe Blogging Tips <ul><li>Be Anonymous </li></ul><ul><li>Protect Your Info-make sure there is a “friends” list so you may decide who visits your profile </li></ul><ul><li>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! </li></ul><ul><li>Think Before You Post-What’s uploaded can be downloaded by ANYONE and reposted to hurt your reputation </li></ul><ul><li>Check Comments regularly </li></ul><ul><li>Be Honest About Your Age </li></ul><ul><li>(Illinois Library Association, 2006 Connectsafely.org, http://www.ila.org/netsafe) </li></ul>
  7. 8. Social Networking Tips for Parents <ul><li>Be Responsible and set reasonable expectations </li></ul><ul><li>Be Open with your children and discuss internet safety regularly-let them know they can come to you if they encounter a problem online </li></ul><ul><li>Have a central location in the house for internet use-not in a child’s bedroom </li></ul><ul><li>Try to get your children to share their blogs or online profiles with you </li></ul><ul><li>(Illinois Library Association, 2006 ConnectSafely.org, http://www.ila.org/netsafe ) </li></ul>
  8. 9. Privacy and Security Resources <ul><li>iSAFE ( http://www.isafe.org ) </li></ul><ul><li>Provides resources about Internet safety for parents, educators, kids & teens, and law enforcement </li></ul><ul><li>NetSmartz ( http://www.netsmartz.org ) </li></ul><ul><li>Provides resources about Internet safety that is maintained by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children </li></ul>
  9. 10. Privacy and Security Resources <ul><li>Wired Safety.org: Blog Sites, Profile Sites, Diary Sites or Social Networking Sites </li></ul><ul><li>( http://www.wiredsafety.org/internet101/blogs.html ) </li></ul><ul><li>Information on what parents need to do in order to help their children stay safe when using social networking technologies. </li></ul>
  10. 11. So what does this mean for libraries?
  11. 12. Why libraries? <ul><li>This gives us a chance to educate and set and example. </li></ul><ul><li>Why? Because patrons are already doing it. </li></ul><ul><li>Social networking sites organize and communicate information (so do we!) </li></ul><ul><li>Establish a library presence online </li></ul><ul><li>We want to stay ahead of the game </li></ul><ul><li>Marketing </li></ul><ul><li>Library professional networking </li></ul>
  12. 13. Libraries and social networking <ul><li>Patrons are expecting us to keep up – patrons age 18-30 are the leading users of libraries to solve information problems (Pew/Internet 2007) </li></ul><ul><li>It’s ok if your social networking sites aren’t being used by everyone – they’re not for everyone, but for a targeted audience </li></ul>
  13. 14. Rules, rules, rules <ul><li>Make sure you have buy-in from management before your library pages on social networking sites </li></ul><ul><li>You will want to see if your library has a policy for Web 2.0 projects (if they don’t, they should) </li></ul><ul><li>Decide who will maintain the sites and find out who can contribute in your library. Have rules and guidelines for posting. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep it timely and maintain on a regular basis. </li></ul>
  14. 27. Useful Resources <ul><li>Teens & Social Networking in School & Public Libraries: A Toolkit for Librarians and Library Workers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.ala.org/ala/yalsa/profdev/SocialNetworkingToolkit_Jan08.pdf </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Teens, Privacy & Online Social Networks: How teens manage their online identities and personal information in the age of MySpace </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.pewinternet.org </li></ul></ul>
  15. 28. Questions? Carmen Gray: [email_address] Nicole Mills: [email_address]

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