Managing Your Identity in Social Networks

Struggle between managing information flow and maintaining identity.

What do they (patrons) want from me? Creating identity on social networks.

Social networks do not allow you to be passive participants. They demand information about you. If you don’t provide information and develop an identity, you’re not fully participating.

Users will not engage me and ask me for information if they think I’m a poser.

Where do WE (as libraries) go from here? Managing OUR IDENTITIES in social networks.

Developmental challenges – Creating identities; Managing information

Who you are in real life can be a reflection of who you are online or vice versa, but you can choose to forge a new identity online.

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