So, can social networking sites provide global mentoring opportunities?
Mark Puterbaugh, our Information Services Librarian, along with a group of international librarians and information specialists, is currently serving as a mentor for students enrolled in Dr. Myungdae Cho’s “Information Sociology” class at Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, South Korea. Yup, you read that correctly- South Korea, half way around the world! How is this possible?!
Social networking sites.
The way it works is mentors, like Mark, interact with students professionally AND personally in a unique educational use of the social website Facebook. The students can utilize their mentors’ knowledge on casual information as well as technical information needed for their professional training. In doing so, Dr. Cho’s students will experience how social networking sites can expand class resources beyond its physical border and aide students in their personal edification pursuits.
This course’s goals aim to provide students with opportunities to:
– actively participate in discussions, and share and argue on views
– investigate how social media could change society
– consider what do we have to do and how do we have to meet these changes in society (in general and in information related communities in particular)
– analyze and evaluate these new phenomena as socio-technological one
– enhance critical investigation ability towards internet-based business including information discovery
As a result, Dr. Cho created a Facebook group called Information Sociology. Eleven mentors will help the students with this experiment-
- Aaron Tray: National University of Singapore Librarian (Singapore) (Aaron was just named one of Library Journal’s “Movers and Shakers” for 2011!)
- Brian Kim: Private Business (Fremont, California)
- Charles Kim: R W Computer Co., Inc CEO & President (Washington, District of Columbia)
- Chul ho Kim: PRISM Properties CEO/President (Seoul)
- Harriet Sun: Shandong University of Arts library (Jinan Shi, Shandong, China)
- Ji Young Catharina Kim: Eye Clinic (Seoul)
- Jiyun Kang: Jeju Special Self-Governing Province Assistant Clerk (Jeju, Korea)
- Mark Puterbaugh: Warner Memorial Library, Eastern University (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania )
- Min Jeong Son: Freelancer Writer (Seoul)
- Randolf Mariano: University of the Philippines Diliman
- Sudo Choe: Freelancer Writer (Seoul)
Want to learn more? Contact Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org.