Thanks to The Resource Shelf for pointing out the recent paper Social Networking Literacy Competencies for Librarians: Exploring Considerations and Engaging Participation by Joe Murphy and Heather Moulaison from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) 14th National Conference, Pushing the Edge: Explore, Engage, Extend at Seattle, Washington on March 14, 2009.
“From the Paper:
The social networking literate librarian possesses the skills necessary providing services in and with online social networking sites
Social networking sites are extremely popular across age groups and are central forums
for accessing and sharing information. Librarians are responding to the popularity of social
networking sites and their expanding role in the creation, use, and sharing of information by
engaging them as a central medium for interacting with library patrons and providing services to
meet their information needs.
Librarians need a new branch of skill sets specific to utilizing and leveraging social
networking sites to provide quality services and maintain their role as information experts in a Web 2.0 world.”