Monday, November 3, 2008

Not Just Facebook: Online Social Networks For Libraries

I’m pleased to announce that a corrected / revised / expanded version of my pre-conference workshop presentation for Internet Librarian 2008 (October 18 2008) is now available:

_Not Just Facebook: Online Social Networks For Libraries_



While Bebo, Facebook, hi5, MySpace, and Orkut are among the better-known general online social networks, there is an ever-increasing number of online networks that have emerged for and within a wide variety of communities. Among many others, these include networks for academe and education (e.g., EduSpaces), people of color (e.g., Black Planet), Boomers (e.g., Boomj), business (e.g., Linked-In), LGBT groups (e.g., OUTeverywhere), religion (e.g., MyChurch), and researchers and scholars (e.g., Nature Network).

This workshop provides an overview of the more significant niche online social networks, reviews their common and unique features and functionalities, and considers the potential opportunities for wider engaged library outreach to these communities.


  • Web 2.0
  • Social Networking Services
  • Facebook
  • Librarian Facebook Presence
  • Library Facebook Presence
  • Facebook Library Groups
  • Facebook Pages
  • Facebook Applications
  • Facebook Apps for Libraries
  • NICHE Online Social Networks
  • Academe and Education
  • Books
  • Boomers
  • Business
  • Lesbian / Gay / Bisexual / Transgender
  • People of Color
  • Religion
  • Researchers and Scientists
  • Second Life
  • Ning
  • Mega-Sites
  • News
  • Library Outreach

Demonstration (Ning)

This is a LARGE Presentation (204 Slides).

The First Half Is Devoted To Web 2.0/SNS Background and a Review Of Facebook (Slides 1-89);

The Second Half Is Devoted To Niche Online Social Networks (NSNS) (Slide 90->).


BTW: I am greatly interested in learning of Other Niche SNS /

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Anonymous said...

Nice post. Seeing as that there are now so many social networks catering to such a wide range of niches, my biggest problem is finding ones relevant to me and related to my specific interests or product niches. Google seems to be inefficient and returns alot of irrelevant results. A cool resource that I use is this search engine designed specifically to find social networking sites.

wondersteen said...

Thank you very much for sharing this presentation. I liked it very much.
Interesting links etc.

Susan said...

Thank you for sharing your clear and concise tutorial. I have a facebook account but have always felt a little lost when trying to use it and so I haven't done much with it. Perhaps this tutorial will help me get more into it. I have a Vox blog account that I am very active on - the layout and user tools feel more intuitive to me. There is also a Vox Librarians group at

Gerry said...

I do include reference to _Find A Social Network_ (Slide 189)

Matt Makowka said...

Thank you for taking the time to do this, Gerry, and for sharing!

Audrey Borden said...


Thanks so much for posting your presentation slides. I'm not a librarian but found this site in my search for information on Social Networking. Your slides, and other things on the site, have been very helpful.