Social Software and the Millennial Generation. Oconee County Staff Development Day February 7, 2007. What is Social Software?.
Oconee County Staff Development Day
February 7, 2007
Currently 14-24 years old.
They are defined by technology. One study states that “they were born at the keyboard and are perpetually connected.” (Resource Interactive)
They are comparable in size to the Baby Boomers. They are expected to reach 100 million in time.
They see the world differently than previous generations.
They are described as “diverse, multi-taskers, optimistic and entrepreneurial.”
They spend 10 hours online weekly but consume 20 hours of media daily. They spend at least 30 minutes on their mobile phone daily and send 6-10 text messages daily. (Resource Interactive)Millennials and their Community
The Library as a Place to Social Network?!
Reading and Writing
Building a Community through Gaming
Networking with Authors
LearningYalsa’s Positive Uses Campaign
Wikipedia: “a website where entries are made in journal style and displayed in reverse chronological order.”
They often provide commentary or news on a particular subject, event or idea.
Primary textual, although some focus on photographs, videos or audio (podcasts).
What is a wiki?
Wikipedia: “a site that allows the visitors themselves to easily add, remove and otherwise edit and change available content.”
It’s a way for users to collaborate on a project or share information about a topic.
Again, it’s primarily textual but will sometimes focus on some type of media.Blogs and Wikis
Alternative Teen Services Blog
Ann Arbor Director’s Blog
CMS Department Blog
Darien Library Teen Blog
LDS LibraryTrax Blog
Library Loft (Charlotte) MySpace Blog
Plymouth State’s Blog Your Catalog Project
Teen Zone Blog at Plymouth District Lib
ALA’s Every Child Ready to Read Wiki
Cleveland Public Wiki
OHSU’s Screenprints of their Internal Systems & Cataloging Wiki
Subject Guide Wiki for Libraries
Teen Poetry Wiki
Teen Tech Week Wiki
WYLD Reports Training WikiHow can these be used in the library?
What is it? It’s an aggregator that reads blog (RSS) feeds.
House all of your blog subscriptions in one place so you only have to open one window to read the latest blog postings from your favorite blogs.
You can also clip articles OR create a blog.
TechTracks’ Del.ici.ous Account: http://del.icio.us/techtracks
What is it? It’s a place to bookmark articles, websites, etc…
It’s called social bookmarking because you can then share your bookmarked items.
Just like favorites but it doesn’t restrict you to one computer.Keeping Up
“In order to ensure that our patrons will have access to critical communication tools, librarians and library works should continue educating their congresspersons, local decision-makers, and library users about social-networking sites… if we don’t, then we are doing a disservice to our patrons – especially those many thousands who depend on public libraries for internet access.”
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