Teens, Libraries, and Social Networking: What Librarians Need to Know

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ABC-CLIO, 2011 - Internet in young adults' libraries - 184 pages
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Learn how teens use social networking technologies and how these same technologies can be used to engage them in library services.
Teens and Social Networking Now: What Librarians Need to Know is organized around ten major topics, including using social networking sites to connect teens to young adult literature, social networking and legislative issues, social networking and safety/privacy issues, and the social and educational benefits of social networking. Expert practitioners explain how such issues can and should impact library services to young adults, focusing on concrete suggestions and specific steps for best practices and program designs that will help librarians utilize social networking tools to enhance library services to teens, both online and in the library.

As background, the book explores the reasons so many teens use these sites. It also shares a profile of an award-winning public library's use of social networking to engage teen library users and a national survey of the ways YA librarians are using social networking to deliver public library services.

  • The results of a national survey of YA librarians and technology managers in public libraries showing how librarians are using social networking in their work with teens and the specific types of technologies they use
  • A list of suggestions that can serve as a planning tool for the use of social networking tools in the delivery of library services to teens
  • A bibliography of professional resources and research related to teens, libraries, and social networking


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1 What Do Public Librarians Really Do with Social Networking? Profiles of Five Public Libraries
What Do High School Seniors Do Online?
3 How Social Networking Sites Aid in Teen Development
4 The Role of Media Literacy Education within Social Networking and the Library
5 If You Build It Will They Come? A Comparison of Social Networking Utilities
6 Teens Social Networking and Safety and Privacy Issues
Teen Rights Responsibilities and Legal Issues
8 Using Social Networking Sites to Connect Teens with Young Adult Literature
9 Fandom as a Form of Social Networking
Virtual Worlds for Teens and Preteens
How Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Engages Teens through Social Networking
What Does It Mean for Librarians Who Serve Teens?
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About the author (2011)

Denise E. Agosto, PhD, is associate professor at Drexel University, College of Information Science, Philadelphia, PA.

June Abbas, PhD, is associate professor at the School of Library and Information Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK.

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