social media and the library
[This inforgraphic (found on twitter) sent me on a quest to learn about libraries and social media. There’s a lot of hyperlinks, but I hope you enjoy it…]
We live in our own geo-bubbles, defined by geographic artifacts. With today’s technology, we don’t need to “go” anywhere to “connect” with people and information beyond that bubble. There’s an abundance of information (warning: heavy graphics) about the social media tools available. Libraries can take advantage of these tools to inform and publicize services and news, and much more:
- Participatory services (200 pg PDF: http://lisdpt.tech.officelive.com/Documents/Library%202.0.pdf)
- Community identity (pdf) and development
- Role model social media as information literacy
- Branding and marketing
- Mobile devices (pdf) (projected increases)
- Reference services (as a source or a tool)
- Digital inclusion (pdf)
- Leadership (new territory)
- Emergency management
- Job listings
I wondered if social media is part of the training for UK pilot projects looking at how libraries can direct library users to quality internet advice and information to find a job. Even the education profession is re-evaluating the use of social media to promote information literacy as a competency.
We’ve heard the questions about the future of the library or what a library is when some libraries no longer have books on their shelves. I believe in paper books and this confirms why, but that is another discussion. Library users already use social media and it’s a natural flow to a digital context and a 24/7 virtual presence.
The inforgraphic helps identify many challenges of setting up a social media plan, but there are libraries already using social media (pdf), resources for best practice and arguments to make it a priority because it revolutionizes the library to keep it relevant.