ALA has created a wiki on the topic of online social networking. On the front page of the wiki it says:
The online environment has become an important and growing part of economic, cultural, civic, and social life, and the use of new Internet-based applications for collaboration and learning – so called “social networking” sites – is becoming increasingly prevalent. Learning to use today’s Internet, and specifically social networking sites, effectively and safely is now an essential component of education, as these learning and social environments are promoted more and more. The development of information literacy skills requires that young people be able to safely and effectively use these important new collaborative tools.
The wiki includes links to the resources YALSA created on social networking, along with links to ALA’s statement on DOPA and Beth Yoke’s testimony in front of the House about DOPA.
This should prove to be a great resource to learn about social networking resources and to find tools to use when trying to educate the community, colleagues, and administrators about the importance of social networking in teen lives.
Check out the wiki, let others know it’s there, and don’t forget DOPA is going to be before the Senate very soon. Make sure your voice is heard by contacting your Senators and letting them know what you think about the proposed legislation. You’ll find links for how to do that on the new wiki.