Milwaukee, WIASIS&T 2007 Annual Meeting
Joining Research and Practice:
Social Computing and Information Science

October 19-24, 2007  Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Hyatt Regency
333 West Kilbourn Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA 53203
Tel: (414) 276-1234

Leadership Development Program
Sunday, Oct. 21., 5:30-6:30pm (free, but advance registration is required)

Leading by Using Social Networks:  Facebook and Second Life

Second Life and Facebook offer different opportunities for group leaders.

Facebook is great for building a community presence that can be referenced at anytime and provides more familiar forms of interaction such as messaging and email. It only requires a computer with minimal capabilities. Second Life is a 3D virtual world that offers, among many other things, real-time meeting capability and exciting new forms of interaction, though the technological demands are higher. Attend this session for an overview about how each of these social networking tools facilitates leadership.

Though only a few years only, Facebook is the largest social networking community, with over 30 million members worldwide. Originating in academe, many from the information professions are active on Facebook, and this holds potential to help growth and interest of millennial-age and other new professionals to become involved in professional organizations, should we reach out to them and try to build virtual community. Pascal Calarco has set up an ASIS&T group on Facebook, now over 130 members throughout the world. He will talk about this group and some of the virtual communities of interest to library and information science, and how we can possibly leverage this community to identify and grow future ASIS&T leaders.

Allison Brueckner will present on the various leadership styles which she has observed and practiced for nine months in Second Life (SL), a 3D virtual world.  Social networks inherently evolve and the evolution of leadership styles used in SL has varied in degrees of success.  Ms. Brueckner will discuss the technological challenges SL leadership faces, when executing various projects and tasks.  She will also present the social impact this virtual environment makes on leadership styles.  A demonstration in-world, in Second Life, will also be given.

Moderator: Trudi Bellardo Hahn, Professor of Practice, University of Maryland College of Information Studies
Speakers: Pascal Calarco, Head, Library Systems, University of Notre Dame and Allison Brueckner, (SL alias: Teofila Matova), cAliCo Information Consulting, Principal, and Dexter District Library, Technology Librarian