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Freebooting and Facebook sitting in a tree, piracy is rife and woe be we. In all seriousness though there are reasons why watching videos on Facebook or other social media website might be aiding the wrong people. “What is freebooting?” I hear you ask. This article on Social Media Examiner says it is a form of video piracy, usually taking someone’s else’s Youtube video and uploading it to Facebook without asking permission or saying whose work it is.

You know about academic copyright from being in college, but how about the copyright implications of sharing cat videos?The internet expands the ability to create and share information with millions of people. Copyright law impacts not just in the academic setting but in the everyday setting too – people need to give permission to share their work and have their work attributed to them. Smartereveryday uses a metaphor with sheep and rich men to explain how Facebook don’t care about video piracy and how Youtube video creators’ livelihoods are affected (with some insights from some very smart kids). Watch the video below to find out more about freebooting and what you can do to help creators:

We were talking with librarians from Sixth Form colleges yesterday and Twitter came up in the conversation. They reported that pupils are no longer using Twitter or Facebook as much because their parents are on there. Also I don’t know about you but it feels like they are becoming more and more commercial. It’s hard to find hard evidence of this but it’s about time people would want to start looking for new virtual environments in which to share stories, listicles and pictures with friends. But where are they going?

Perhaps it could be Pinterest? The visual bookmarking website where you can swipe through beautiful photographs to your heart’s content.

Might it be Tumblr? A lot like Pinterest really. A collage of interesting pics and GIFs.

How about Google + … only joking it will never be Google + (‘the unsocial network’)

My bet is on Snapchat. Although it is only the 9th biggest social networking site, that might be part of the appeal. It still feels (relatively) new and undiscovered. Plus as each short video or photo is deleted after 24 hours it feels more private. You can add your own drawings to the pics which makes it fun and creative.

It all depends how you use social media. If it’s something just between you and friends or you keep up-to-date with news and take advantage of offers. Most people use it for lots of reasons. For example, you could join Hillcroft College’s Facebook group to hear what’s happening and join in the community online. You can follow the LRC on Twitter to get more specific news around the resources and goings-on in the books, digital and learning resources worlds. But these networks are only valuable once they reach a certain number of people; so that’s why we are so keen to have more followers, because it only makes it more fun for everyone.

if you’re not keen on Twitter and Facebook but are trying something new out – don’t leave us in the dark, we want to be in the know too! We don’t want to end up looking like digital dinosaurs.

Sharing ideas and meeting others with similar experiences has been what the internet has enabled since its beginning. Twitter and Facebook and other social networking sites have taken this to a new level. However the humble internet forum still thrives to bring together communities online. There are forums for everything you can think of, from mental health and business women.

Their aims are to be supportive and informative. However, posting to a forum will require the same level of responsibility and care as posting anywhere on the web. More practical tips about e-safety can be read on this website.

On the Hillcroft VLE there are also opportunities to take part in discussion forums on different courses. Your views really are heard, so don’t be shy with voicing your opinion and reflecting on it. It is great practice for developing an argument for an essay or to be more assertive in everyday life.

Catalogue displayLike most Learning Resource Centres (LRC) in colleges and university libraries we promote our services and material to our students using social media  through our WordPress blog and Twitter. Many of our students are new to social media so we are building up their digital literacy knowledge by using these tools to promote our services.

This week we read in the Wikiman blog about a handy tool the Student Guide to Social Media created by the libraries of the Universities of Leeds, Manchester and York. It’s under Creative Commons licence so you can share it with others. The tool explains what social media is and why the different tools are important and explains how you can use different social media tools. This will help our students understand what social media is and how they can get the most from different social media tools.

Shelf of books with ebook markedThis week our Learning Resources Centre team were showing our Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) students how to access electronic books (ebooks) on Dawsonera.

The Dawsonera ebook platform has recently been redesigned. You can now let your friends and other readers know about which ebooks you like by tweeting using  the Twitter feature or posting your recommendations on Facebook.

Our students can access Dawsonera through their OpenAthens accounts.


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