Social Software in Libraries

Creative Applications & Privacy Awareness

Jessamyn West


social what?

"A social networking site is an online location where a user can create a profile and build a personal network that connects them to other users." [Pew Reports]

question: who is really using them?
answer: a lot of people

people like me

why the definition matters

deep network - library follows

shallow network - library leads

libraries and social software

[more New England Libraries coming up....]

What's important to know?

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Jessamyn West is a community technology librarian and the editor of the weblog She teaches email classes for seniors, builds tiny websites for tiny libraries and advocates for sensible technology use for everyone.

IM her at iamthebestartist.

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