October 21, 2009

The Magic of Social Networks

This presentation covers the Pew Internet Project’s latest findings and why they suggest that libraries can play a role in people’s social networks in the future. Lee describes the reasons that people rely more and more on their social networks – using old and new technology — as they seek information, share ideas, learn, solve problems, and look for social support. He examines why the internet and cell phones have changed the way people construct and operate their social networks and why this opens new — sometimes “magical” — opportunities for librarians to do what they naturally do: act as “nodes” in people’s networks.