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Contribute to Paper on Social Networking, Libraries

ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) commissioned a paper from the Information Institute of Syracuse to study the social networking phenomenon and how it affects libraries. The authors, R. David Lankes and Joanne Silverstein, have created a wiki-style website for comments on a draft of the paper, which is entitled “Participatory Networks: The Library as Conversation.” This wiki can be found at:

Once on the website you can download the paper, add comments in the wiki, or participate in the forum discussions. The paper will be available for comments until October 25. By using this method of participatory network, we hope to inspire a conversation about social networking sites.

Thank you in advance for your participation. We look forward to sharing the final draft of the paper with the ALA community in November.

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Jacob Roberts is the communications specialist for the ALA Washington Office.

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