Social Networking Guide

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What is ALA Connect?

ALA Connect is a social networking community which ALA has pre-populated with the more than 1,300 active groups from its membership database. You can find and create communities for different interest groups.

Join ALA Connectand read more about it.

What are collaborative online authoring applications?

Collaborative applications include wikis and Google documents and Google sites, online applications designed to enable anyone who accesses them to contribute or modify content, using a simplified WYSIWYG markup language.


What are Facebook and other social networking communities?

According to Wikipedia, a social networking service such as Facebook is an online service, platform, or site that focuses on building and reflecting of social networks or social relations among people, e.g., those who share interests and/or activities. The main types of social networking services are those which contain category places (such as former school year or classmates), means to connect with friends (usually with self-description pages) and a recommendation system linked to trust.

Join the AASL group on Facebook.


What are Twitter and other micro-blogging tools?

Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows its users to send and read other users' updates (otherwise known as tweets), which are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length. Updates are displayed on the user's profile page and delivered to other users who have signed up to receive them. The sender can restrict delivery to those in his or her circle of friends (delivery to everyone being the default). Users can receive updates via the Twitter website, instant messaging, SMS, RSS, email or through an application such as Twitterrific or Facebook. (Wikipedia)

Follow AASL on http://twitter.com/AASL


What is a ning?

Ning is an online platform for users to create their own social websites and social networks, launched in October 2004. (Wikipedia) Nings allow communities to create individual web pages, blog, engage in forum discussions. create interest groups, share photos and videos, present RSS feeds, and more. Note: Ning will turn off ads if users are between 13 and 18.

Join the teacher-librarian ning or library 2.0 ning.


What is Second Life?

Second Life is an online virtual reality environment in which people communicate with each other using avatar representations. Visit various virtual libraries to see their resources and exhibitions. Participate in many librarian-led events in Second Life. Create your account at Second Life. Monitor the AASL listserv for announcements about upcoming orientation sessions and meetings.

Visit the ALA Island in Second Life.


What is social bookmarking?

Social bookmarking is a method for Internet users to store, organize, search, and manage bookmarks to web pages on the Internet with the help of tags or descriptive metadata.


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Boyd, Danah. (2011) Bibliography of Research on Social Network Sites This page provides a bibliography of articles concerning social network sites.


Davis, Michelle R. (2010) Social Networking Goes to School Digital Directions, Vol. 03, Issue 03. Article discusses the integration of social networking sites into school activities as part of the curriculum and as ways to share information with parents, students and colleagues. The article also addresses barriers and concerns about the use of social networking resources.


Teens & Social Networking in School & Public Libraries: A Toolkit for Librarians & Library Workers A Social Networking Toolkit developed by YALSA and updated in February of 2011. It contains information on how social media facilitates learning, tips for talking with legislators about social media and educating the community as well as material for educating teens and additional resources.


Valenza, Joyce. Top Ten Reasons for Using 2.0 in Learning This wiki contains information on a variety of social networking tools and gives many reasons (not just ten) for learning to use and participating in these new technology tools. Much of the information below has come from Ms. Valenza's site and additional social networking formats are described there.



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