The Networked Library
A Guide for the Educational Use of Social Networking Sites
by Melissa A. Purcell
July 2012, 172pp, 8 1/2x11
1 volume, Linworth

Paperback: 978-1-58683-545-3
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Today’s librarians and educators face the difficult challenge of staying current with the latest technologies and online resources while keeping students motivated to learn. Thankfully, students’ current knowledge of and passion for networking sites can add to their classroom learning experiences instead of merely serving as a distraction to their education.

The lesson plans in this book enable educators to easily incorporate networking technologies into the classroom—not just a fun enrichment activity, but one that is selective and intentional to teach the required standards.

Our Web 2.0 world is based on participation. Incorporating networking sites into classroom lesson plans invites students to participate and get involved using the digital learning styles with which they are already accustomed—interacting with new information, building knowledge, and sharing that knowledge with an authentic, responsive audience.

The Networked Library: A Guide for the Educational Use of Social Networking Sites demonstrates how integrating networking tools that students enjoy using can improve their learning in the classroom. The book is designed to take educators who are new to networking sites from the ground up, while allowing experts to jump directly into the lesson plan chapters. It covers many types of networking sites that educators can use to their advantage: media sharing sites, including YouTube, TeacherTube, Wikimedia Commons, and Flickr; microblogs and wikis such as Wikispaces, PBworks, and Twitter; and social networking sites including Facebook, Ning, and Edmodo.

Melissa A. Purcell, PhD, is the media specialist at Glynn Academy, Brunswick, GA, and is part-time professor in the Instructional Technology department at Georgia Southern University. Her media program was recognized as the Exemplary Media Program for the state of Georgia during the 2011–2012 school year and as an Exceptional Media Program for the state of Georgia during the 2009–2010 and 2010–11 school years. Purcell has been recognized as the Library Media Specialist of the Year for Georgia Southeast district. She is a certified teacher support specialist, National Board Certified in Library Media, Gifted Education endorsed, and has published more than 20 articles in educational journals, books, and newspapers.


"Creative media specialists will find many ways to use these lessons throughout all areas of the curriculum and for media program advocacy. It is also a useful professional development resource for trainers. The pages are packed with information in lesson plans; rubrics and examples are all available free on an accompanying blog, exponentially increasing its value."—Library Media Connection, August 1, 2013
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