Preserve your reputation online (Mar. 9 talk)

What happens in Vegas, stays on Facebook,” a talk by social media strategists Katie Felten & Emily Lenard on Tues., Mar. 9, 6:30-8 pm (Winther Hall 2001), will provide insight on how to leverage social media for employment while preserving a professional reputation.

This should be very interesting! As one of those TV judges recently said to someone, “Say it and forget it, write it and regret it.” The same could be said for online posting. Every so often people get caught for their misdeeds because they helpfully posted information–sometimes incriminating photos too–on Facebook, etc. See, for example, a newspaper article in Greensburg, PA’s Tribune-Review (March 8, 2009), “Online social sites good tool for police.” And police aren’t the only unexpected audience for online postings. Potential employers are online too.

Interested in more information? You can search UW library catalogs for books, such as “Delete: The virtue of forgetting in the digital age,” which is available to UWW students and staff from other UW libraries by making a free Universal Borrowing request. Search article databases to find articles such as “The newest way to screen job applicants: A social networker’s nightmare” (Federal Communications Law Journal, June 2008, vol. 60:no.3, pp. 597-626), which warns that “Students and graduates today are getting more than they bargain for as they attempt to enter the workforce and realize their blogging and social networking ways can come back to bite them.”

Please ask a librarian for assistance with finding materials.

About Barbara

I am a Reference & Instruction librarian, head of that department in Andersen Library, an associate professor, and a member of the General Education Review Committee and Faculty Senate. I've been working at UW-W since July 1, 1990.
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