Beyond building a nice, fat, Neo-Con pro/con collection for these guys, you might want to "meet them where they're at" in social networking sites. This study club is what you might call a "community of interest." I like the Wikipedia definition, partly because it's a good definition, and partly because it's a meta- definition (Wikipedia is, itself, a community of interest).
Five years ago, a lot of information professionals were fighting to get their organizations into MySpace (remember MySpace?) and Facebook. I was one. It just seemed the right thing to do, somehow. Inevitable. The evolution of the web. “Meeting them where they’re at” and all that stuff. But in 2010, it somehow seems trite. Facebook in particular has literally sold out its users (not its customers, though, because it sells its users to its customers). Twitter, though proven solid as an underground medium for subversive journalism (evidence Iran, summer of 2009), is just kind of vapid. It’s ultralite blogging — great for a quick link, a flash of basiji horror, a punch line, a snide remark ... and that’s about it. And MySpace has left the professional’s radar screen and settled back down, quite happily, it seems, into its comfy trailer park aesthetique (don’t worry, we like trailer parks). 20 SEARCHER The Magazine for Database Professionals FACEBOOK HELL? by Woody Evans Public Services Librarian Tarrant County College But why are librarians in particular History In some ways, our current situation echoes the tone of the so taken with Facebook? early days of the internet. The exuberance of what it represented, Resource Shelf reported (back on March 24, 2010) the results of even before it was the web, created a swell of hype that would a Primary Research survey that found Facebook was perceived eventually crash on the rocks in the tail end of the 20th century as the most useful social networking tool by 31- to 39-year-old (most notable by most people for its instantiation in the stock librarians. These things change fast, of course, but if the cur- market as a crash). Even on the old monochrome monitors, green rently up-and-coming generation of librarians thinks Facebook cursor blinking before a field of black negative space, the internet is the most useful social networking, what exactly are these invited us to imagine what it would mean if we really were build- librarians using Facebook for? ing a kind of Gibsonian cyberspace in slow de
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