Just like last week I am putting the assignment here so I don’t have to keep switching back and forth-social networking is a big catchphrase in library land. Mostly when you talk about youth or students. I have never heard about it for adult services or children. To me that implies that old people won’t use it and the Internet is too dangerous for kiddies! Ageism!
I have been invited by friends to Facebook and MySpace in the past. A current friend invited me to Linkedin and I accepted. I don’t know the usefulness of these tools for an institution in all honesty. I know the concept is about “meeting them where they live.” But isn’t a library being on MySpace to reach one segment of their users like a dad trying to be cool by aping Snoop Dogg’s “Fo shizzle?” It will be interested to see what it likes out in the world of the teenagers.
Welcome to week three of Web 2.0 101. In this week’s assignment, you will be introduced to a number of social networking tools.
- MySpace, Facebook and Other Social Networking Sites: Hot Today, Gone Tomorrow?
- OCLC Report – Sharing, Privacy and Trust in
- Libraries in Social Networking Software – Meredith Farkas
Discovery Exercise 1: Facebook
Step by Step Instructions
- Signing up: Goto Facebook and in the middle right of the screen you will see the “Sign Up” section. Fill out the form and respond to the e-mail conformation to get started.One note about Facebook registration. Facebook asks you many personal questions such as Age, Marital Status, Religion, etc. As with many Web 2.0 applications you do not have to answer any questions you are not comfortable answering. You do not even need to use your real name. Please answer only the questions that meet your comfort level.
- Making Friends: Locate the Friends menu in the tool bar at the top of the page. From there you can find and invite friends. Try searching for librarians you know or you can try a member of the Social Networking Software Task Force.
- To write on your friends wall, view their profile and look for The Wall. Write a short message and post it.
- Respond to Event: On the left hand side under applications you will see Events.Look for the MLA Annual Meeting Event. Note: There is also an event titled “Medical Library Association Annual Meeting” which is for a technology session. Feel free to respond to both!
- Add UAB Catalog Search: From the left navigation select Applications. The on the right you will see the option to Browse More Applications. Search for UAB Catalog. Add the application to your profile and try it out.
- Add a Pubmed application: From the left navigation select Applications. The on the right you will see the option to Browse More Applications. Search for Pubmed. There are two PubMed applications. Add one or both to your profile and try it out.
- Add the WorldCat application: From the left navigation select Applications. On the right you will see the option to Browse More Applications. Search for WorldCat. Add the application to your profile and try it out.
Discovery Exercise 2: Linkedin
Step by Step Instructions
- Create an Account: Goto Linkedin. In the middle of the page near the bottom look for the Join Now button. Fill out the form and select Join Linkedin. You can then set your preferences. You will be asked to confirm your e-mail address.
- Build Your Network: In the left navigation bar there is an option to Add Connections. Type in the name and address of three colleagues and send them an invitation to join your network.
Discovery Exercise 3: MySpace
Explore some of the following Library MySpace Sites
Blogging AssignmentCreate an entry in your course blog for Week 3: Social Networking Tools. Blog about your impressions and experiences with social networking. You may want to consider some or all of the following questions.
- How can social networking be used by MLA to connect members
- Should your library have a Facebook or MySpace page?
- Are there privacy concerns for individuals when using social networking sites.
- What did you like or not like about your experience with Facebook or MySpace.