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Social Media Networking for Libraries

12/4/2009 5:40:37 PM

Tags: Media, social networking, libraries, BiblioCommons, The Walrus, books, Elizabeth Ryan


Libraries are now piggybacking on the success of social networking platforms by unleashing their own shelf-inspired hub, BiblioCommons, which aims to create communities of patrons who help connect one another to new books to read by allowing users to log recommendations of books in the library system’s catalogues. So far, The Walrus reports, BiblioCommons has rolled out in several cities across Canada, with plans to launch in California and Australia as well.

The brains behind the book system, Beth Jefferson, believes we’re on the verge of  “a cultural shift toward ‘object-centric’ networking, centered on common interests as the novelty of Facebook-style ‘egocentric’ social networking, based on friends of friends, wanes.” Let’s hope she’s right.

Source: The Walrus

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