Information Fluency Keynote #cil2010

Notes from the Computers in Libraries 2010 Conference

Technology is a queer thing is brings you gifts with one hand and it stabs you in the back with the other – C.P. Snow

Lee Rainee – Pew Internet and American Life
Information Fluency – how networked creators have changed the ecology of information and the world of libraries
Fact tank – no agenda

Tweckle – to abuse a speak only to twitter followers while only he is speaking

2000 – slow stationary connections built around PC
46% of adults use net
5% have broadband
50% have cell phone
0% wireless

2010 – built around outside servers & storage
75% of adults use net
62% broadband at home
80% cell phone
53% wirelessly

in American tied to language literacy, people who answer interview questions in Spanish are less likely to have internet access

Digital Divide is still real there are populations who need and want help , librarians are essential to that because we can teach and can make people comfortable in ways that others can’t

People say that can’t or don’t want to use net when you push further its unfamiliarity and uneducated about what happens online

Librarians can make a difference by Mentoring handholding and giving tech support

Info fluency – how libs can make a difference

57% of adults are social network users
37% of share photos
30% share personal creations
30% contribute rankings & ratings
28% create content tags
26% post content on blogs
19% use twitter
15% have personal website
15% content mixers
14% are bloggers

The internet galaxy – manuel castells
Four cultures have shaped the internet
1. Techno elites scientific method enshrined openness peer review meritocracy
2. hacker culture – worker bees, free speech in the computer age, freedom to create, to appropriate, to redistribute
3. Virtual Communitarians – early usenet groups, horizontal free communication, primacy of self directing networks
4. Entrepreneurs
5. networked creators
Democratized the voices in media, challenged traditional media gatekeepers.
Inserted themselves sin expert affairs
Enhanced their civic and community roles
37% of internet users contribute to the news
20% contributed to health content
19% contributed to civic and political activities

4 new community building activities
ways content creators build communities
1. produce content the helps them expand their social network and increase their social standing

advantages to creators concludes of MacArthur foundation – new literacies
negotiating friendships status and identity
creating spaces fo building social networks among friend and those who share their interests
creating learning opportunities
gaining reputational capital

2. social posse – bumpers stolen, police couldn’t do it, internet posse formed, google maps to find his house, pics of his mom, his employer, identified his mom & where she lived, grandma & where she lives, his sister & her employment, some of his past crimes

advantages to creator in posse situations
• fact check and transparency
• crowdsourcing wisdom, especially among strangers who share a common purpose
• production and accumulation of evident that is easily searchable

3. Just in time just like me communities
4. produce content

5. estate – social media creators
techies are really over represented in social media realm
off beat stories especially those with quirky humor
American exceptionalism stories
Cultural cleavages & social issues

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