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Fostering Community and Collaboration With Social Media Tools

Event Type: Face-to-Face
Date: 7/11/2018
Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Time: 4:00 PM
 Social media tools ranging from Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Snapchat to blogs and podcasts are revolutionizing the way we interact with members of our community. Colleagues across the United States use a variety of these tools to create an awareness of what they offer as well as to engage members of their onsite and online communities to address community needs.

This daylong, highly interactive exploration of how social media tools can be used to foster community and collaboration will begin with a keynote address and then continue with three workshops focusing on various aspects of our social media landscape. We will take a variety of approaches ranging from the use of case studies to sharing of participants’ own experiences using social media as one conduit to building stronger communities.

Participants, by the end of the sessions, should be able to:

Provide one-sentence descriptions of three social media tools that they can use to benefit current and prospective library users

Identify at least three resources they can use in their efforts to more effectively support and promote positive change within communities through the use social media tools

Return to their worksites with at least three ideas they will immediately begin to implement incorporating social media tools into the work they do with members of their communities

Optional Pre-workshop Preparation:
Watch the following brief video, skim the following article, and be prepared to discuss what it suggests for your own efforts to incorporate social media into your efforts to foster collaboration and community development.

Although it’s a bit outdated, the essentials are all there:
“Social Media: An Introduction for Public Libraries”
Posted on YouTube November 7, 2012

“Social Media in Libraries: Why and How?”
Dhanyasree V.K.
Chapter from ebook (published in 2012?)

Location: To Be Announced (TBA)
Registration Ends: 7/8/2018 at 12:00 AM
Other Information:
 Paul Signorelli ~ Biography
Paul, co-author of Workplace Learning & Leadership with Lori Reed and author of the forthcoming Change Your World Using Social Media (Rowman & Littlefield, Fall 2018), served as director of staff training for the San Francisco Public Library system before becoming an independent writer-trainer-instructional designer-presenter-social media strategist-consultant. He collaborates with clients and colleagues to identify and work with current trends in ways that help them better serve members of the communities with which they work; continues to serve on New Media Consortium (NMC) Horizon Project expert panels identifying and documenting educational-technology developments, trends, and challenges in libraries and other learning organizations; and writes extensively to document and promote ed-tech innovations. He earned his MLIS through the University of North Texas online program; remains active in training-teaching-learning through ALA and ATD (the Association for Talent Development) at a variety of levels; and can be reached at, through his website (, or through his Building Creative Bridges blog (
Contact: Aaron Blumberg
Contact Number: 2393136218
Presenter: Paul Signorelli
Status: Openings

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