Thursday, 16 April 2009

Friending Libraries: Why libraries can become nodes in people’s social networks


I have a strong belief that the next phase of the web will be a combination of the social and the semantic. This means, in part, that the entire Internet will be social - i.e. we wont be using special places to do this special thing called social networking.

Rather the network will provide the tools and frameworks that give us the space to socialise, learn, trade, relate, courtesy of rich semantic agents which in turn manage our personalised web presence

Much of the detail on this is starting to emerge, especially on thei social side. Much of it awaits the next phase of semantic discovery tools. All that said, a good deal of thinking is already coming into view.

Given all this, you wont be surprised that this item from the latest edition of The Source caught my eye.

Friending Libraries: Why libraries can become nodes in people’s social network

Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

"Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project, recently discussed Pew Internet’s latest findings and why they suggest that libraries can play a role in people’s social networks in the future.

He described the reasons that people rely more and more on their social networks as they share ideas, learn, solve problems, and seek social support. And he explored how libraries can act as “nodes” in people’s networks."

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