Library as Aggregator and Publisher

Here’s a bit from Brian Mathews’ post Using Students to Manage the Social Streams.

Additionally I want to promote other efforts on campus. The Career Center and all their workshops, the various free talks and performances, tutoring and writing assistance, etc. Tapping into the lifecycle of the student and pushing appropriate content to them, regardless if it is library-orientated or not. I want the Library to be in-the-know on campus affairs.

This is a productive way to use social media but the larger story – thinking of the library as an aggregator and publisher of host system information – is much more important than the particular expression of it.

This is interesting in itself, true. But it is even more exciting considering it is a step closer to thinking about libraries as aggregators and publishers of information from individuals and groups participating in the same host system as the library.

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