Imperative Social Networking


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Imperative Social Networking

  1. 1. Imperative Social Networking Valerie Hill, PhD TWU School of Library and Information Studies LISD School Librarian @valibrarian ALA Ignite 2013 Chicago
  2. 2. #1: The Information Hierarchy has toppled. Why is social networking IMPERATIVE?
  3. 3. #2: Much of our lives is spent online in participatory digital culture.
  4. 4. #3: Navigating the flood of information has become nearly impossible.
  5. 5. Throw (or grab) a digital life-preserver ring. Build a PLN- Professional Learning Network
  6. 6. Ways to build your PLN
  7. 7. Sound like a balancing act? It is----Being both follower and leader...both holding on to core values of the profession and letting go of “how things have always been done”
  8. 8. Current PLN tools Follow & Lead Create, Share, & Learn Curate & Build Join & Credit
  9. 9. Forget Figuring it Out
  10. 10. The BLUR between professional and personal online life
  11. 11. Social Media for Librarianship
  12. 12. Social Media & Professional Growth
  13. 13. Social Media & Personal Life Consider the audience when sharing.
  14. 14. Participatory culture contributes to the flood of information online. We are both consumers and producers (prosumers).
  15. 15. Are you willing to makes some changes?
  16. 16. Serving Patrons wherever they are School Library Example • Embedding the library through social media/webmaster • Information literacy skills 21st Century • Embracing Web 2.0 & user-generated content • Content evaluation & curation • Mobile apps Virtual Library Example • Embedding library services in virtual spaces • International information literacy • Embracing Web 3.0 • Global spaces, virtual worlds (Skype, Minecraft, & MOOCs) “What we’re trying to do is have the library be wherever you are.” Nancy Roderer, John Hopkins Welch Medical Library
  17. 17. Web 3.0 & the Rise of a Networked Generation We all live in virtual worlds, whether or not we have avatars.
  18. 18. Is individual privacy a relic? Digital citizenship is part of information literacy.
  19. 19. The library and the librarian are not synonymous. Take a risk and go where no librarian has gone before! “It may be that the great age of libraries is waning, but I am here to tell you that the great age of librarians is just beginning. It’s up to you to decide if you want to be a part of it.” ~T. Scott Plutchak
  20. 20. Bibliography Barlow. A. and R. Leston. (2012). Beyond the Blogosphere: Information and Its Children. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, LLC. Carr, N. (2010). The shallows: What the internet is doing to our brains. New York: W.W. Norton & Co. Davidson, Cathy N. (2011). Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attentioan Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn. New York: Viking. Gleick, J. (2011). The information: A history, a theory, a flood. Pantheon. Keen, Andrew. (2012). Digital Vertigo. New York: St. Martin's Press. Lanier, J. (2011). You are not a gadget. New York: Random House. Rainie, Lee and Barry Wellman. (2012). Networked: The New Social Operating System. Cambridge, MASS: MIT Press. Rheingold, H.(2012). Net Smart: How to Thrive Online. Cambridge, MA: MIT. Solomon, Laura. (2011). Doing Social Media So It matters: A Librarian's Guide. Chicago: American Library Association. Turkle, S. (2011). Alone together: Why we expect more from technology and less from each other. New York: Basic Books. Photos from and flickr commons