Your Name and Title: Steve Watkins, Coordinator of Technology Development

 
Library, School, or Organization Name: California State University, Monterey Bay


Co-Presenter Name(s): Sarah Houghton, San Rafael Public Library, California; Jacqui Grallo, California State University, Monterey Bay


Area of the World from Which You Will Present: California


Language in Which You Will Present: English


Target Audience(s): All


Short Session Description (one line): Does Google+ have potential for libraries?


Full Session Description (as long as you would like):
Google+ has recently emerged as the newest, large-scale social network, even though it’s still very much a “beta” project, with tens of millions of users having joined within a month of its release. Sarah Houghton, known to many as the Librarian in Black, will give an overview of  Google+, what it offers and how it differs from other social networks. Learn from her how best to teach Google+ to your library staff and your user community.


Academic librarians Steve Watkins and Jacqui Grallo will share their ideas about how Google+ could be used to engage library users and serve as an enhanced communication platform both within and beyond the library. With potential for virtual reference services, information literacy instruction, collaboration, and tight integration with Google Apps for Education, the possibilities are many and just beginning to be explored.


Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session:
http://xkcd.com/918/
http://plus.google.com

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