INF506 A to Z of Social Networking for Libraries

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Activity: Select advice from 5 letters of this A to Z list and consider how these may be applied to this library to help it embrace a library 2.0 ethos.

The school in which I currently work has been reluctant to embrace social media. It is thought that social media is fraught with dangers such as bullying and the fear that teachers may be considered unprofessional should students see their personal Facebook profiles. Therefore, the letters I have chosen are as follows:

A – Active. I believe that as a starting point, the library needs to become much more active in social networks (with both students and teachers). The library needs to promote the services they offer in a medium which students feel comfortable using.

D – direction. As a school that has not yet embraced social media on the whole, I feel that it is important that the library and the school itself work out a plan for what they hope to accomplish when using social networking.

F – Facebook. As the reading states ‘having a presence on Facebook with a fan page or a group is a must. Facebook is so popular now that it is expected’ (The Social Networking for Libraries Blog, 2010). The library needs to realise this and embrace this as almost every student at the school is a frequent Facebook user. The library needs to be more personable and demonstrate to students that it has kept up with modern innovations, otherwise the library will seem outdated and therefore irrelevant to students.

P – Podcasting. As students occasionally have to wait for the assistance of a teacher librarian (and many students are not happy with waiting) it would be helpful to provide tips for students via podcasting on how to utilise library services. Most students I know struggle to use the OPAC system and do not know how to navigate some elements of the library webpage – a simple podcast may help solve many of these issues and make the library more user-friendly.

T – Text messaging. This could have many uses within the library but one use I would propose would be notifying students of the arrival of new books by certain authors, or notifying students when items they have put on hold arrive back in the library. I teach many enthusiastic readers but even they get disheartened when they have to find time to go to the library each day to see if a book has come in. A simple text message would make this much more convenient and would ensure that enthusiastic library patrons don’t become disgruntled with the library’s services.

References:

The Social Networking for Libraries Blog. (2010). A to Z of social networking for libraries. Retrieved from http://internetworkmarketingwealth.com/archive/a-to-z-of-social-networking-for-libraries/

INF506 Podcasts

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After reading the article ‘Podcasting 101 for K-12 Librarians’ (Eash, 2006). I have been inspired to use podcasts more regularly with students. I like the simple explanations of what podcasting is within the article and I really liked the various ideas the article provided. At the school that I work at, we always struggle to find student work samples that integrate technology, but the article has given me a wonderful idea – a podcast that takes the user on a tour around the school (Eash, 2006). I know many students would love to work creating this, and, as the article points out, podcasts are portable so doing things like school/library tours are entirely possible.

References:

Eash, E. K. (2006). Podcasting 101 for K-12 librarians. Computers in Libraries, 26(4). Retrieved from http://www.infotoday.com/cilmag/apr06/Eash.shtml