Help make this National Social Media Safety and Awareness Month!

It’s National Social Media Safety and Awareness Month. [Tweet this.] Actually, there is no such thing;
yet with so many awareness campaigns for other very important issues, I think it’s about time we include important emerging trends that can be both good and evil at the same time. If nobody else is going to run with this, I’ll stick my neck out. So…

“In honor of [Pseudo] Social Media Safety and Awareness month, by no powers vested in me, I, do hereby proclaim May, as Social Media Safety and Awareness month. I call upon all Humans to observe these events with appropriate updates, blogposts, trainings, ceremonies, and other activities in order to bring awareness to this emerging need. I also call on all educators, bloggers, news outlets, and appropriate officials of all units of social media and online press, to ensure that the updates on social media contain information on social media safety and awareness during this month.” Lee Kolbert ~ May, 2013

If you believe in, and plan to adhere to this unofficial “edict,” please follow the directions below and be sure to link back to this original post.

  1. Create an update or blog post and include the text from this post. Be sure to link back to this original post.
  2. Share one or more ways users of social media can gain awareness of the benefits of effective use, as well as the unfortunate consequences of haphazardly posting inappropriate content.
  3. Name a few other bloggers or online friends who might be interested in this campaign and implore them to contribute.
  4. Promote your campaign on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, Reddit, G+, and all other areas where you maintain an online presence.
  5. Come back here and leave a comment with a link to your post.
Let’s see if we can make a difference.
Here is my contribution!
Our high school students researched three internet safety topics (friend requests, online commenting, and texting) and developed three separate webinar presentations in which they taught 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students using Elluminate.  Each lesson has a presentation by our students and is followed up with a question/answer session with a cyber safety expert.  We, then, made the presentations public in order to allow educators and parents to take portions (or the full) session to generate a local discussion on the topic.  If you would like to use the videos, here are the links (however the visual quality of the webinar capture is not that great – we also have links to the slideshare files for each presentation.  Please note the question and answer sessions with the experts are only available in the video portions)
TeacherTube links:
SlideShare links:
I hope the following bloggers will contribute to this campaign by using their influence for good, and to spread the word:

Genrefying the Fiction Section: The Pros and Cons

SecLib Genre Labels

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Recently, I created a publicly editable document (I LOVE LOVE LOVE that we have technology that helps us collaborate and share thoughts and knowledge) which asked people to discuss the pros and cons of genrefying the fiction section.  

There have been some really great articles and presentations on genrefying:

Here is the publicly edited T chart which compiles people’s thoughts on genrefying.

I am, personally, still deciding on whether I will genrefy or not.  I think I am not going to because I think I weigh a little more heavily on the “no” side.  I do like that statistics can be broken down for more detailed analysis by genre and I like that students are more likely to generate conversations while searching with a “like-minded” reader.  There are some other things that I do like about it.  If I ever decide to go for it, I won’t label by gender (books for boys or girls specifically)

As I have said all along, the choice is personal to you and your library.  Hopefully the T-charts and Google Doc offer insight and guidance.