I just posted this comment on a colleague’s site: “The London Public Library has done a great job with their site – it’s current and definitely teen-focussed in look and content focus. I have to say, though, I’m still unsettled by what I see as an adult incursion into private teen space. Remember the days before advertisements appeared in the actual turf on the football field? Ah, sweet simplicity. It’s just wrong to be enjoying a pastime and have comercials – however informative – directed at you. That’s how I view MySpace and Facebook profiles such as these.”

football.jpgI know this point of view will make me highly unpopular with some folks. To clarify, I do not want to convince institutions to abandon their profiles. I’m very willing to be proven wrong by evidence that teens and youth find value in libraries appearing in these social networking sites.

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