Latin America and Caribbean

Sharing, Privacy and Trust in Our Networked World

The practice of using a social network to establish and enhance relationships based on some common ground—shared interests, related skills, or a common geographic location—is as old as human societies, but social networking has flourished due to the ease of connecting on the Web. This OCLC membership report explores this web of social participation and cooperation on the Internet and how it may impact the library’s role, including:

  • The use of social networking, social media, commercial and library services on the Web
  • How and what users and librarians share on the Web and their attitudes toward related privacy issues
  • Opinions on privacy online
  • Libraries’ current and future roles in social networking

The report is based on a survey (by Harris Interactive on behalf of OCLC) of the general public from six countries—Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States—and of library directors from the U.S. The research provides insights into the values and social-networking habits of library users.

Somos uma cooperativa mundial de bibliotecas mantida, administrada e de propriedade de nossos membros desde 1967. Nossa finalidade pública é uma declaração de compromisso mútuo — que vamos trabalhar juntos para melhorar o acesso às informações contidas em bibliotecas de todo o mundo, e encontrar formas de reduzir os custos para as bibliotecas por meio da colaboração. Saiba mais »