Building Communities. Social Networking for Academic by Denise Garofalo

By Denise Garofalo

Social media is the following to stick. a strong social media crusade promises educational libraries with a way to exhibit library assets, spotlight content material and occasions, and allure scholars to pattern what the library has to provide. construction groups is a instruction manual to enforce social media applied sciences for tutorial libraries. it's a consultant to making plans and enforcing a winning social media crusade and comparing its effect. This name covers: the start of social networking within the educational context; tips on how to enforce use of social media applied sciences; and comparing their use. the ultimate part considers the longer term and asks: 'What's next?'

  • Provides info on tips to plan, combine, and check using social media in educational libraries
  • Gives examples at the top social media applied sciences to enforce in educational libraries
  • Discusses the talents and information required within the educational library to release a winning social media campaign

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In addition, the library website and blog have been updated to improve usability and readability. The implementation process at Library A was accomplished without much formal planning. A student worker took the initiative and asked the library director about getting the library involved with social media. Accounts were established for the library with Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube; it also became involved with the ITunes U account the university’s main library had already established. Shortly thereafter, a social media committee of health science library staff was established, to further formalize the work and efforts the student worker had started to put in.

Building a community means nurturing all the connections involved. It is important to listen to the people who make up the potential audience and involve them in planning; and then to constantly listen to them. Some of the deceptive aspects of the monitoring of social media are discussed. The results of a survey of academic librarians in nine libraries and their social media networking experiences are detailed, reviewed and explored. Key words: social media networking, academic libraries, student engagement, planning, social media research study, community building, listening, interaction, library survey.

Which of the following areas are part of your responsibilities? 4. How long have you worked in libraries? 5. Do you use social media in your library? 6. Which of the following social media technologies does your library use on a regular basis? 7. How do you use social media in your library? 8. What technology skills do you apply to your use of social media in your library? 9. What one thing would you do differently in regards [sic] to social media in your library? 10. If you are interested in sharing more information on social media in your library, please provide your contact information.

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