Reflections on social media

This may be a bit of a rant, so let me first say that I value the role social media can play in the future of the library field. I interact with my favorite libraries on facebook and follow them on twitter, and I can see how these ways of reaching out to the community have value. HOWEVER, I am incredibly wary of the jumping-on-the-bandwagon tendency to participate in all forms of social media all the time. Whether for libraries or people, I think we need to reflect on what these tools add to our lives and weigh that against the time they take to use. As a librarian, I would much rather be helping a student find a book, face to face, than tweeting about helping a student find a book. I think social media can give the illusion of human connection while reducing our time available for actual, face to face connections. I know many of you may disagree with me, and I look forward to being convinced I’m wrong.

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