Pop Goes the Library

Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.

by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.


My Facebook About-Face

You may remember that I posted some weeks ago about the ill-advisedness of adults using Facebook. Now that I am actually using Facebook, I would like to make known my total & complete retraction of my previous position. Facebook rules, and I plan to speak with my department head, fellow YA librarians in my system, and our tech department about setting one up for my library.

Why does Facebook rock so hard? A few reasons:

  1. It is way, way easier to use and far less buggy than MySpace. I have a MySpace profile, but I am probably going to delete it because the site is so hard to use (for me, anyway -- this is obviously not a problem for the legions of users who remain devoted to it).
  2. Facebook is so easy to customize -- not so much how it looks, but what it does. There are applications for every conceivable way you might want to customize your experience.
  3. It is easier to find friends (both virtual & IRL ones), because signing up requires you to use your real name (or a close facsimile).
  4. On the other hand, it's easier to remain anonymous, too -- you can set your profile to stay out of search results, and no-one can see your profile unless you agree to be friends with them or send them a message (and even then, you can set your preferences so that certain people can only see portions of your profile).
  5. All in all, Facebook is a very useful way to develop and maintain loose connections with people (a type of relationship Malcolm Gladwell talks about in The Tipping Point) , and a way to nurture real-life relationships in a virtual space.

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  • At 12:53 PM, Blogger Cheshire Teens said…

    Yay, Sophie --

    I'm glad you've come around...

    Facebook Fan
    and commenter on your previous post

    P.S. Find me on Facebook @ the CPL Podcast Group!

  • At 3:13 PM, Blogger Sophie Brookover said…

    I added you! Yay! I'm glad I came around, too.

  • At 1:48 PM, Blogger Emerson Public Library Youth Services said…

    I love the book application on Facebook! It helps me to keep my GoodReads book list up to date.

  • At 3:57 PM, Blogger Heidi Dolamore said…

    here's some interesting reading on the facebook vs. myspace debate:

  • At 12:05 AM, Blogger zee said…

    Yes I read this article, too, and copied the link into my blog and my library system's blog. Oddly enough, after I posted that article about adults and Facebook, 3 more librarians joined Facebook. Go figure.


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