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Social Networking Sites

If there’s any question that I get most often it has to be some variant on the following:
1. Our board has banned all social networking sites…
2. Our schools filter all instant messaging, MySpace, Facebook, and the rest…
3. We don’t allow any social sites on our public computers…
4. Our director has ordered all of MySpace blocked…
5. IT blocked everything on their own and all they’ll say is ‘viruses’…
6. All blogs are blocked…
“What can we do?”
Anyway, some of these issues will be addressed over time. As the children in these communities turn to underground social networking – hiding in crawlspaces for a MySpace fix, using IM on the street, and sneaking back alley research on unfiltered ghetto PC’s for the topics assigned in family studies and health…
Anyway, I commend to your attention, the great work from the folks at ALA’s YALSA blog. For 30 days they have been highlighting positive uses for teens and social networking sites. Each posting is called “Positive Use of Social Networking” #1 through 30.
Now they’ve compiled it into a big PDF called SOCIAL NETWORKING AND DOPA.
As Aaron Schmidt at walking paper points out better than me: “The ideas presented point out how libraries can engage not only their younger users but general community as well. They are a great illustration of how libraries can reach out and, dare I say, be proactive. School librarians can read this and get inspired, and then use it to combat the fears of admin.”
This little project of YALSA took a great effort and shows what the best of blogging and associations can do. Well done!
Stephen
p.s. YALSA’s Blog is also a great place to stay in touch with young adult service trends.

Posted on: November 8, 2006, 10:27 pm Category: Uncategorized

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