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The Library Garden
About Library Garden
"Library Garden has been conceived as an ongoing conversation among
librarians with differing perspectives (public, academic, consortial,
state, youth, LIS) but one shared goal: ensuring the health and relevance
Library Garden is maintained by a team of contributing editors. We will
each contribute to the blog, offering our individual perspectives on
issues that affect or relate to libraries of all types. But we will also
get together for regular topical conversations -- conversations with each
other, with others, with you -- and post those conversations to the blog.
We love reading interviews, and often find them more interesting and
stimulating than the articles that appear in our professional literature.
Therefore, we intend to interview members of our extended library family,
and occasionally interview folks from outside of the library fold, and
post those interviews to the blog for your reading pleasure."
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Cyberbullying and Libraries
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Some blogs we're reading
Sample from a Longer List
ALA Tech Source
(Norma) Blake's Blog
Blog About Libraries
Blyberg.net (John Blyberg)
(Leslie) Burger's Blog
A Chair, A Fireplace and a Tea Cozy (Liz Burns)
Creating Passionate Users
David Lee King
Disruptive Library Technology Jester
Free Range Librarian (Karen Schneider)
The Idea Sandbox
Information Wants To Be Free (Merideth Farkas)
It's All Good
Librarian.Net (Jessamyn West)
Librarian In Black (Sarah Houghton)
Library Angst (John Klima)
Library Crunch (Michael Casey)
Library Dust (Michael McGrorty)
Library Marketing: Thinking Outside the Book
Library Stuff (Stephen Cohen)
Library Success: Best Practices Wiki
The Long Tail
Content Sample from a Post to this Weblog
Cyberbullying and Libraries
"There is often a really fine line between what is funny, what is
offensive and to what degree someone is offended.
Make no mistake, there is some joy to be had in bullying. It is about
empowerment, positioning, status, hierarchy and the pleasure is the
solidification of one's place through the bullying act. In other words, it
is largely about attention and acceptance.
And if someone is looking for attention, then the Internet is a heaven for
As much as I am a fan for social networks and social technologies I can
understand peoples' concern about its bullying potential. Text messages,
Instant messages, photoshops, podcasts and blogs (forgive me if I left a
few tactics out) don't just make a myriad of methods to bully with, but
also encourage the creativity of the bully... and the reward is the
hundreds to thousands of hits their post may receive.
Example? Check out Ghyslain Raza, better known as the Star Wars Kid. He
filmed a solo light saber sequence as part of a school project but when
some of his classmates got a hold of the film, Ghyslain became an
overnight cyber-celebrity. When the Canadian news source, National Post,
asked him how he felt about all the 'attention,' he responsed "I want my
A hell for Gyshlain but incredible empowerment for the kids who posted it!
Rather than make this post solely about cyberbullying, lets think about
what it could mean for libraries."
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