The Digital Person – a book, a course, a life?

Some years ago, when working through digital reputation and privacy issues in social media, I read American legal academic Daniel Solove ‘s book “The Digital Person“. Though an exploration of American privacy laws in the digital age, many of his points are valid for Canadians. His point is that we face a kind of legal jeopardy because many of us share too much private information with the multi-national giants like Facebook and Google (What’s in your digital dossier? he asks). He also uses the metaphor about cataloguing our lives — including every mundane detail – and digital ‘clean-up’ twenty years from now will be difficult. Identity thieves have a field day~ Better to prevent them from doing so in the first place.

Solove’s book (now free), I see, has spawned a whole course on digital literacy entitled THE DIGITAL PERSON at La Salle University. The course covers the laws and means of protecting privacy, intellectual property and strategies for finding information in public records and databases. It covers the informed-use of social media such as wikis, blogs and search engines; data mining, and electronic voting. For yet another co-incidence, I see Jane Turk has published an evaluation of the course in a paper entitled “Computer literacy as life skills for a web 2.0 world“.

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If You Build Social, Knowledge Objects, They Will Come

Academic librarians who want to share or publicize their presentations from conferences or meetings are typical users of SlideShare. The service provides a way to put your content out therein the cloud. SlideShare affords embedding on your blog or website to distribute content to a wide audience. Embedded presentations can be used as learning objects and to help you deliver your information literacy programs.

Here are the numbers of times users of my SlideShare feed consulted my presentations:

  1. RefWorks Mendeley Zotero uploaded 8 months ago – 6 pages – 7175 views – 170 downloads
  2. Finding the Hard to Finds: Searching for Grey (Gray) Literature 26 pages – 4263 views – 222 downloads
  3. Cochrane Social Media Guide uploaded 2 weeks ago – 26 pages – 2054 views – 47 downloads
  4. Where’s the best evidence? uploaded 11 months ago – 4 pages,  – 2979 views – 1 comment – 136 downloads!
  5. Beginner’s Guide to Zotero uploaded 10 months ago – 12 pages – 2600 views – 40 downloads
  6. Cochrane Social Media Workshop uploaded 3 weeks ago – 28 slides – 4057 views – 29 downloads
  7. Google 2.0 For Librarians uploaded 8 months ago – 3 pages – 2243 views – 26 downloads
  8. Pubmed basic searching handout uploaded 9 months ago – 2 slides – 1545 views – 28 downloads
  9. Finding the hard to finds: searching for the grey literature uploaded 12 months ago – 14 slides – 1683 views – 56 downloads
  10. Starting Points for Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 1553 views – 31 downloads

see also:

SlideShare for academic librarians

Michael Wesch’s “Rethinking Education” 2011

WTF Is The Semantic Web? Cool Diagram

Building research capacity for early adopter librarians

A History of Social Media

History of Social Media

Show Me Librarian & I’ll Show You (Some social media that is~!)