How do the concepts and findings in these sections of the OCLC report reflect your view of the socially networked world in 2014?
It has been over 6 years since the publication of the 2007 OCLC report, and over that period, I am sure that the divide between digital natives and digital immigrants has narrowed much further. Since the generation of users who were born before the internet adopting various types of digital technologies.
I am a digital immigrant who has a keen desire to learn and apply Web 2.0 tools in order to improve my skills and to catch up with my students who are digital natives.
Nowadays, the focuses of internet activities have moved from information search and exploration towards creating information and contributing to others. This is made easy by new and friendlier social network sites such as Facebook, which has overtaken MySpace since the publication of the OCLC report.
Through the readings, it is useful to note the difference between social network sites and social media sites. It is interesting to note that since 2007, YouTube is the most popular social media sites by country and by age group. There are many popular sites which I have never heard. It is very interesting to see that each country has different trends and chooses to adapt different social network.
(a) My definition of social networking
The concept of social networking is not new. However; in the contemporary digital context, social networking is defined as the process of communicating with family and friends, to search for and add people who share common interests, thinking, attitudes and activities among a community of like minded digital users through the use of various social networking sites such as facebook and twitter.
(b) The types of social networking technologies and sites that I already use are:
- Weblogs-WordPress (Open source bogging software)
- facebook (Social group networking)
- Pinterest (social media sharing site)
- YouTube (social media-video sharing site)
- Twitter (microblogging)
- Delicious (book marking)
- Mixi (social group networking in Japan)
(c) What I would expect to learn from INF 506
Through the INF 506 module, I hope to achieve the following
- To understand, develop knowledge and skills in the use of various social networking websites and technologies to support the information and learning needs of the school community.
- To understand, learn and apply social networking tools and technologies especially in the school library context.
- To understand more about Library 2.0 concepts and to learn ways to transform the library.
- To learn how to facilitate physical and virtual space with Web 2.0 technologies in order to meet library users’ needs and expectation.
- To understand the social, cultural, economic, educational, ethical implication of positive aspects and issues associated with the use of social networking technologies.
- To learn how Information policy is developed and implemented into the school community so that social networking technologies can be used and harnessed ethically, effectively and efficiently.