Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Harnessing the Hive: Social Networks and Libraries

Harnessing the Hive: Social Networks and Libraries

ALA Annual 2007 | Reference and User Services Association Machine-Assisted Reference Section (RUSA/MARS) President's Program | Sunday | June 24 2007 | 10:30 am-12:00 pm | Washington Convention Center Room 144 A-C |

Social networking such as YouTube, the Facebook, flickr, cell texting, and podcasting are second nature to youth, who integrate these technologies into daily life in unexpected ways. Bibliofiles tag and share their favorite books on LibraryThing, while librarians communicate using blogs and wikis such as Library Success. Our experienced panel will discuss this rapidly growing phenomenon and present examples of innovative outreach and reference services that utilize social software such as tagging, blogging and wikis to reach online users.

Speakers: Matthew Bejune, Digital Reference Services Coordinator, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN; Meredith Farkas, Distance Learning Librarian, Norwich University, Northfield, VT; Tim Spaulding, Founder and Developer, LibraryThing, Portland, MN

Source [http://www.ala.org/ala/eventsandconferencesb/annual/2007a/Reference.doc]

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