Networked creators: how users of social media have changed the ecology of information and created new roles for librarians to play in people's lives
VALA 2010 PLENARY 5: Lee Rainie
Thursday 11 February 2010 08:45 - 09:55
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Director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project, USA
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The rise of bloggers, social networkers, Twitterers, and other social media participants has created an explosion of information and new forms of cultural contributions. As assessors and curators of media – old and new – librarians are especially confronted by the new challenges these changes march through their communities. This paper will document the changes, discuss the new kinds of communities that social media users create, and point out several fresh roles that librarians can play in serving people in the new information ecology.