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Libraries and social networking – what’s been successful?

Posted by gazjjohnson on 6 October, 2009

Next week I’m delivering a talk to some librarians in the region about social networking using web 2.0.  Now while I’ve various ideas about what I’m going to say, but at the same time I’d be really interested to hear from other librarians about what they’ve tried – or even thought about trying – in this regard.

It can be about any aspect of social networking, from reader development and user engagement, through to educational examples and professional development.  I’m interested in it all!

I’m especially interested in learning about any barriers that have stood in your way, and the ways in which you have either overcome them, worked around them or even been brought up short!  Examples might include

  • Facebook presence: How has is helped?  Are you fully exploiting it? Did you try it as an organisation and then discard it for some reason?
  • Twitter – what has it doen for you?  What can you do now that you could never do before?
  • LinkedIn – a waste of time in the UK or a run away international success?
  • Any other example – with links if possible.

And it goes without saying that post talk I’ll be sharing the talk, as well the comments from the librarians gathered.  Many of whom I suspect are very much cynical about the whole Web 2.0 experience and the apparent drain it puts on their staffing time resources!  Thus this is going to need to one of those sessions that’s not preaching to the converted – rather it’s going to need to really win them over!

The talk by the way is next thursday and I’ll be using the tag #liem when I’m tweeting about it (especially during the event – hopefully I’ll have a twitterfall running in the room!)

[Edit Fri 16th Oct: Well as you might have picked up from my online silence, I came down with the dreadded flu and had to scrap this session.  But have no fear, I hope to represent it at some point in the near future!]

10 Responses to “Libraries and social networking – what’s been successful?”

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  2. Information regarding the CILIP WM Photo Comp using Flickr can be found at: http://bit.ly/f54fh (short article from Gazette) and the group itslef at: http://bit.ly/YsBiM

    Let me know if you need any other informaiton. Good luck with your presentation.

  3. Brian Kelly gave a fantastic session on web 2.0 at the Cilip Cymru Wales conference in May
    http://ukwebfocus.wordpress.com/2009/05/26/reflections-on-use-of-twitter-at-the-cilip-cymru09-conference/

    there was a great buzz from the delegates during the session and I had a lot of them coming up to me after to find out more.

    Personally i find Twitter really useful to find out about the latest training courses and if there are any useful meetings going on. It’s much quicker to find out from Twitter if someone has been to a useful meeting / developing a good service if i can read about it asap rather than wait for official minutes etc

    I’m trying to build on the enthusiasm for web 2 that we witnessed at the conference by booking Jonathan Mitchener to speak at the 2010 conference (13th –14th May)
    http://jonathanmitchener.blogspot.com/2008/05/collaborative-future.html

    best of luck with talk next week- interested to know what others think

  4. Sam Thomas said

    One of the most useful tools I have found, and one which may help sell web 2.0, is the use of a wiki to share information. I work in a large university library, and we have to answer complex subject-related enquiries (as well as the mundane login ones too). Our wiki is invaluable for all helpdesk staff – we update it as we come off duty, making passing information on easy. It is also a really good way of sharing best practice and project information. Unfortunately our wiki is internal only, so I can’t send you a link, but there are some egs of US library wikis on the web. Hope the talk goes well – I will be following on Twitter as an East Midlander myself! Sam

  5. Garrett said

    Hi. There’s been a trend on Twitter, #libtwit, which might give you some helpful info on librarians’ use of Twitter http://twitter.com/#search?q=libtwit

  6. I am useing Web 2.0 tools to develop an online community of practice for SINTO – the information partnership in Yorkshire. It seemed a logical development for our organisation which aims to improve library services through partnership, training and networking. We have our Web 1.0 website, a wiki, a blog, a Twitter feed and a facebook page. http://extra.shu.ac.uk/sinto/Community%20of%20interest/Community.htm

    I think it has potential but the problem is the slow uptake of Web 2.0 tools in a professional context due to barriers at work, lack of awareness and lack of time.

  7. Jo Alcock said

    We’ve been using a library (although we call them Learning Centres!) Facebook Page at the University of Wolverhampton for almost 2 years now, as have University of Warwick. There are articles about both our experiences of Facebook (which cover some of your questions) in the January 2009 edition of ALISS Quarterly. My article is also available in our repository at: http://wlv.openrepository.com/wlv/handle/2436/56453. If you have any other questions please feel free to ask me.

    We also have some experimental Twitter accounts including individual librarians and one for our Electronic Resources (updates of any issues/news about our databases etc.), although no generic library account at present. As for what I think of Twitter and what it’s done for me – you probably know my views but I think it’s an absolutely incredible tool for professional networking and keeping up-to-date on professional topics/issues, and also serves as a great fact finding service. I’ve found out so much about librarians and information professionals and also their differing work environments/policies/library services through my use of Twitter.

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