danah boyd, an internationally recognized authority on online social networking sites, will open the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 14th annual national conference and exhibition with a keynote presentation on Nov. 5, 2009 in Charlotte, NC.
boyd's unique and controversial perspectives on how America's youth are engaging in sites such as MySpace, Facebook and YouTube can help school library media specialists understand how this shift in our culture is changing the way students are communicating with each other and representing themselves online.
Her research work focuses on how American youth use networked publics for social purposes. She is a doctoral candidate in the School of at the University of California-Berkeley and a fellow at the Harvard University Berkman Center for Internet and Society.
danah boyd has worked as an ethnographer and social media researcher for corporations including Intel, Tribe.net, Google and Yahoo! She earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from Brown University and a master's degree in social media from MIT Media Lab.