TL Ponderings


A – Z of Social Networking for Librarians

Posted in INF506 by sarahcook3 on June 7, 2011
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Brown, A. (2010). A to Z of Social Networking for Libraries. Retrieved from http://socialnetworkinglibrarian.com/2010/01/22/a-to-z-of-social-networking-for-libraries/

At present my primary school library does not have a web page; I am yet to ‘get around to it’ although the plans have been developing for a while. Unlike 6 – 7 years ago when I first started as a TL and was in charge of creating the school web page, the software is so much easier and more over I’m not afraid of making mistakes – trial and error and delete. It may/will be my holiday task. Lorcan Dempsey on his Weblog ‘On libraries, services and networks’ talks about the 3 stages of a library website….

  1. Fragmentary – where the library site is in its 2.0 infancy and is a mix up, thrown together page of databases for managing information.
  2. Integrated supply – simplified (for the user) search function, a unified feel and look, ‘consistent management framework’ throughout the site’ and the visibility of the staff through blogs, ask a librarian and the possibility of feedback from the user.
  3. Demand influence – this is the stage when the needs of the users shape the content and the services available to from the library. Moreover, the library tries to ‘predict, meet and guide demand’ from the user.

With this in mind I have chosen the following five letters to help me embrace a library 2.0 ethos in my situation.

  • Active – a slightly different take on this term – knowing my users (read here teachers) I will need to be active in promoting my services, what I can do for my users, active in reminding them of the possibilities and opportunities out here in 2.0.
  • Direction – I need a plan.  What are the needs of my users? What do I want to achieve with my library’s presence on a web page? I want to support the school’s vision, mission and goals; I want to support the library’s mission and goals/objectives; I want to start small and be effective with the initial tools I chose to include so that my users continue to visit my page and see it as essential for progressing through primary school; I want students to read; I want to make teaching more relevant to students. I want, I want, I want……
  • Good reads – the heart of the primary library is literacy (yes multi-literacies) but promoting a love of reading is essential in young people to set them up as lifelong learners and readers.
  • Video – children love to see themselves on screen, they love to record and take film, teachers get ideas from seeing other people teaching the same thing in a different way and there is a plethora of good visual resources out there that can enhance education and interaction. Adding video to my social networking site, my school library page is a must.
  • Widgits and wikis – I couldn’t decide, where would we be without them.
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