INF506 Social Networking for Information Professionals (8)

This subject will explore the concept, theory and practice of social networking technologies within the context of libraries and work of information professionals, with a particular focus on participatory library services. This subject requires students to immerse themselves within a range of social networking environments, and evaluate their learning experiences throughout the session as both social networker and information professional.


Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 3 (90)
SPACE, University of Hong Kong
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: INF506. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Information Studies

Enrolment Restrictions

This subject is not available to students who have completed INF206.

Subject Relationships

INF206 Paired Subject

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to use social networking technologies in professional settings;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of concepts, theories and practices of participatory library services;
  • be able to critically examine the features and functionality of various social networking tools to meet the information needs of users;
  • be able to evaluate social networking technologies and software to support informational and collaborative needs of workgroups, communities and organisations; and
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the social, cultural, educational, ethical, and technical management issues that exist in a socially networked world, and how information policy is developed and implemented to support such issues.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Social networking and the social life of information
  • Technologies and social software - types and functions
  • Participatory library services - concepts, theory and practice
  • Social networking and information policy

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of INF506 in Session 3 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Social networking project proposal
Olj entries plus evaluation and reflection

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.