Michael Casey’s post, “Revisiting Participatory Service in Trying Times” hit a sore spot right near the beginning of his post, when he made the astute observation that many libraries who engage in social media are not really engaging in a reciprocal relationship with the library user at all. Rather, he attests that libraries are disseminating information through one-way communication with the user; in the form of event updates and notifications. In addition, Casey brings up the reality that a good number of blogs on the Blogging Libraries Wiki are nonexistent due to inactivity. 

Casey’s observation caused me discomfort because our school library has not utilized social media to its full potential. Our school library has a Twitter account, but we currently do not use it for anything, not even for any updates. I also moderate Blueprint, the high school’s teen reading blog, that currently has about 15 teens signed up as bloggers, but overall the blog is largely inactive. The blog publishes an average of about 3 blogs per month, even with 15 bloggers. I would say that each student writes only 1 blog each semester, and I’ve been telling myself that this is because blogging competes with homework, extracurricular activities, and just plain growing up. But if this were true, how is it that teens have time to write manifestos on why Stefan and Caroline are the OTP on The Vampire Diaries when they could have used that time to write a blog for Blueprint?

References:


Casey, Michael. "Revisiting Participatory Service in Trying times." Web log post. Tame the Web. N.p., 20 Oct. 2011. Web. 17 Sept. 2017. <http://tametheweb.com/2011/10/20/revisiting-participatory-service-in-trying-times-a-ttw-guest-post-by-michael-casey/>.


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INFO 287 Reflection: Participatory Service

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