Reflect on the unit. Which social media type most appealed to you? Were you surprised by the ways libraries use social media to engage and connect with their users?
Although it was not covered on my blog my favourite social media that the libraries use to engage with its readers would be “Goodreads“. Although not many libraries use this site it mostly appeals to me because it is a fantastic way to engage, specifically, the younger generations.
“Goodreads” is a social reading site. For personal use it can be used for :
**THESE SHELVES CAN ALSO BE CREATED AND ORGANIZED TO KEEP A BOOK LIST FOR WHATEVER YOU WANT**
The possibilities are endless!!!
So how libraries use this site, or my library anyway; would be to have it’s main page from which users can navigate to other pages. At the moment it’s just starting up so we only have one other page which would be the ‘Young Adult Book Club’ page. On this page there are; discussions on different subjects and books, polls to see what our users want to see more of, “monthly reads” where we read the same book as a group, or polls to see what book everyone wants to read, there is also an event section in which you could theoretically post whatever event your library is hosting.
THERE ARE NO LIMITS! That’s why this is one of my favourite sites for the libraries, because as long as you can imagine it, and you have somebody to listen to your ideas, you can pretty much do everything on this site. It’s such a fantastic way to engage and interact with the users. (especially the younger users as they are the users that don’t tend to join in too much with library activities)
I was pleasantly surprised with how far libraries go to communicating and engaging with their customers. I never expected ANY kind of business to get this involved with social media just to reach out to their clientele. I think YouTube was the most surprising because I just didn’t realize how libraries could use this site.
Ever since this unit I’ve realized just how active libraries try to be within the communities and it is seriously such a good feeling to know that there is someone on the other side of the “screen” reading and appreciating all the effort you put into social media. And if by chance someone stumbles across one of these sites and walks into the library (or even buys a book based on one of our reviews), well it’s great to know that that person will now be able to experience the beautiful, enchanting, tragic, happy, inspiring & scary world that lies within the covers of a paperback… It’s a surreal feeling.
I feel like it’s worth mentioning that that’s why I want to be a librarian so badly (because for me its been my dream since primary).
I don’t think that people quite realize how much librarians do for everyone (Students, readers, parents, children or even just the inquisitive types)
ON A PERSONAL NOTE:
Reading for me helped me escape the hell that was school. It still helps me with any problems I have in the real world everyday.
Whenever I’m having a hard day I just bury myself in a book. It’s so easy to get captured into a book and forget everything.
SIDE NOTE CONCLUSION:
I think being able to help/introduce people into the world of literature is so so so so important. It is such an amazing feeling to know that I can help people the same way my librarians have helped me.
One of the best feeling I get is when I recommend a book to someone and they come back just as excited about it and just want to discuss said book. It’s amazing.
Libraries play such an important role in today’s society. Whether it’s just helping a student with information, or just recommending a good book to someone.
WE are such a crucial part in this system.
Social media is such a crucial part of this system.
With so many ways to reach out to our readers… well it’s great! They can interact and keep up to date with everything libraries are doing!
THANK YOU FOR READING!!
Illustrate some of the issues associated with the use of social media tools
Ok, so we’ve all heard the horror stories about things that have happened on social media :
other issues can include:
So with all these issues how do we decide if it’s even safe for us to be using the internet? Wouldn’t it be better if we didn’t participate?
Well no. Why?
As I have stated before in previous posts, social media is a great way to branch out and capture the attention of a wider audience, in my personal opinion i believe the pros far outweigh the cons.
As a Library on social media it is imperative that we are careful with the content we create and share, making sure we abide by not only the law, but the sites and company’s policies. If we are careful and aware of these issues it is easy to avoid them.
What benefits could using photo sharing sites such as Flickr or Instagram have for a library?
Photo sharing sites such as Instagram or Flickr are yet another way library can branch out.
These sites can be used for sharing photos of an event the library has run, or for different programs the library hosts. It gives viewers a chance to witness these things for themselves and offers a unique perspective to see what the libraries are doing.
For example here is the link to my local libraries Flickr. This page is full of restored photos that the local studies librarian has gathered and edited over the years.
This is just one of the uses for photo sharing, like with most things on the internet, the possibilities are endless.
‘Divergent’ by Veronica Roth
-Review by Rebekah Cooper
Divergent is another book I have read recently that is set in a dystopian society. The society in which our central heroine lives in is a large city that has been walled off from the “Outside”.
Centuries ago the city was divided into five factions: Abnegation – The selfless, Amity – The peaceful, Candor – The honest, Erudite – The intelligent and Dauntless – The brave.
These factions each contribute in their own way to help continue to keep the city functioning and efficient. For several millennia these factions have each lived by some very strict rules and traditions, because they fear the violence and mayhem that disorder could bring.
This is the society our main character, Beatrice Prior, lives in. Beatrice was born into Abnegation and has spent her life so far caring for other people – Catching a later bus so other people can take a seat, taking the stairs to let other people take the almost full elevator and giving food to the factionless.
Once every year the city has a “choosing ceremony” where every sixteen-year-old must choose a faction—choosing a faction other than the one you were born into is the worst kind of betrayal. But when that day comes will Beatrice make the first selfless decision she’s ever made? Or will she stay trapped in a place she knows she doesn’t belong?
Divergent is the first book in ‘The Divergent trilogy’. A brilliant story line that had me sitting on the edge of my seat. The story does seem to plateau in the middle but I promise that if you persevere it’s worth it. I strongly suggest you read it before going to see the movie. Happy reading! (or not… I needed a box of tissues for the last book!)
What benefits could using video sharing sites such as YouTube have for a library?
YouTube is primarily used to create and share different forms of entertainment – whether that is a comical video, a sad song or a slam poetry contest – YouTube allows people from all over the world to come together and be their own content creators, viewing OR creating thing they wants to see.
Social media sites such as YouTube and Vine have the advantage of being able to deliver information through a visual aspect as well as in text format.
Libraries can use these sites to help with promotions, instructional videos and much more. Because YouTube is also a popular site within today’s youth, it is yet another way to branch out and try to catch the attention of the new generations.
What benefits could using micro blogging sites such as Twitter have for a library?
Micro blogging can be very beneficial to libraries as this is another medium which has gained popularity. It is also another free form of informing and communicating with library users.
Micro blogging allows us to share quick useful information that allows our clients to quickly read anything of interest to them. Most posts, made by libraries on micro blogging sites, include a link to a larger post so if the user wishes they can view more information about the subject .
This is also helpful to the librarians managing the site as they are often short for time and don’t have the time to make a huge post . (Also to the clients who don’t have the time to read a huge post)
What benefits could using social networking sites such as Facebook have for a library?
Sites such as Facebook are a free medium in which libraries can use for advertising. Not only is it free to make a fan page, on a site such as Facebook, but it is a very popular site that gets a lot of attention. Because of this it creates a great way for libraries to keep in touch with people who don’t come into the library often.
People that like the page are now able to see your posts on their ‘feeds’ which means libraries can post things, such as events and author talks, and people will now be able whats going on with their local library without having to go directly to the fan page (as it will appear on their feeds).
In a day and age where everyone in is online it is good for the libraries to be able to join in a keep up with the times.
“I don’t know if you’ve ever felt like that. That you wanted to sleep for a thousand years. Or just not exist. Or just not be aware that you do exist. Or something like that. I think wanting that is very morbid, but I want it when I get like this. That’s why I’m trying not to think. I just want it all to stop spinning.”
― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
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