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VAN Forum

Social Networking

July 13, 2009
10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Elizabeth Lightfoot, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
University of Minnesota - School of Social Work

Southdale Library
Ethel Berry Room
7001 York Avenue South
Edina, MN 55435

Social Networking, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and blogs are common buzz words in today’s society. If you are left wondering what all the hype is about, come to this forum. Lightfoot will explain the benefits of social networking and will take you into the world of Facebook, LinkedIn, blogs, and YouTube.

You will learn:

  • How to create personal accounts on social networking sites

  • How to design your own blog (Lightfoot will create one with you during the Forum)

  • How to reap the benefits of social networking for you personally and for society as a whole

  • How to activate and control privacy settings

Lightfoot holds a M.S.W. from the University of Minnesota School of Social Work, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Indiana University. She teaches about web technologies in her community organizing class and lectures about it at national conferences.

Download the flyer.



On Tuesday, July 14, 2009 more than 100 people convened at the Southdale Library to learn about social networking. Presenter, Liz Lightfoot Ph.D., Associate Professor, U of MN School of Social Work, described social networking, covering everything from blogs to Twitter to Facebook to YouTube. She demonstrated live examples of each, and took the time to answer everyone’s questions (of which there were many). Her PowerPoint presentation is now available to download. 

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