Reflections on Social Networking in Libraries

This assignment for my 511 class opened up a new world for me, as I have never posted on a professional blog or been on Twitter before.  Of the two networking tools, I have to say my initial reaction is I like blogs more – I feel it gives you more pace to expand upon your ideas and fully reflect.  It remind me of the livejournal I kept during my undergrad years – nothing public, just a way of connecting and keeping in touch with my friends.  Twitter, on the other hand, just seems much more busy to me – the short phrasing and all the links will take some getting used to.  I also really like the idea of an RSS feed – as the Common Craft video explained, it seemed like the news and updates I was interested in were coming to me, instead of me having to constantly search for them (http://www.commoncraft.com/rss_plain_english).  I want to use the MSLIS wiki to search for blogs and podcasts suited to my particular tastes and interests, so I will be searching the listed recommendations more and also probably do some research of my own on blogs and podpasts (http://istwikis.syr.edu/mslis/index.php?title=Librarianship_Blogs_and_Podcasts).

In terms of the assigned  viewing and readings, I found all of the Common Craft video tutorials to be very helpful and humorous to a tech novice like me, in that they offered quick and easy to understand overviews on a variety of tech tools.  I love the sign language and hand gestures  and simple graphics and drawings that Lee LeFever utilized to illustrate his points.  The articles we read also gave me better insight into what “Web 2.0” and “Library 2.0” meant, as I was mostly unfamiliar with the terminology before now.  I like that Kelley stressed in her article that these new social networking tools serve as a way of collaborating with both staff and patrons of the library and that they could use them to target certain audiences (Kelley, 2008).  I strongly agree with one of Kelley’s major points in that adaptation to this new technology for libraries is essential in order to  have better communication with their patrons and promote their programs (Kelley, 2008).  In terms of the Funk article, I examined his ideas as not only applicable to libraries, but to other nonprofits as well, like the community center I currently work at.  We would benefit from expanding our Facebook page and encouraging more people to “friend” us like the libraries Funk described (Funk, 2009, p.49).  We would also benefit from adding a RSS-feed capability to our website and online newsletter at the center I work at (Funk, 2009, p.50), so we can notify our donors and other interested parties of upcoming events or what our different programs have been doing.

References: 

Funk, M.E. (2009) Testing the Web 2.0 waters.  American Libraries, 40 (1/2), pp. 48-51.  Retrieved

      from https://bbgroupb.syr.edu/bbcswebdav/courses/71966.1113/IST511Sum2010/web20waters.pdf

Kelley, J. (2008).  The making of a social librarian: How blogs, wikis, and Facebook have changed one librarian and her

      job.   College of DuPage: Library Scholarship.  Paper 2.  Retrieved from http://dc.cod.edu/librarypub/2/

LeFever, L. (2007, April 23). RSS in plain English. [Video file].  Retrieved

       from http://www.commoncraft.com/rss_plain_english

LeFever, L. (2007, June 27).  Social networking in plain English. [Video file].

       Retrieved from http://www.commoncraft.com/video-social-networking

LeFever, L. (2007, November 30).  Blogs in plain English. [Video file].  Retrieved

       from  http://www.commoncraft.com/blogs

LeFever, L. (2007, May 29).  Wikis in plain English. [Video file].  Retrieved from

       http://www.commoncraft.com/video-wikis-plain-english

LeFever, L.  (2008, April 21).  Podcasting in plain English. [Video file].  Retrieved

        from http://www.commoncraft.com/podcasting

511 Gateway Class, Syracuse University.  Librarianship Blogs and Podcasts [Web wiki post].  Retrieved

        from http://istwikis.syr.edu/mslis/index.php?title=Librarianship_Blogs_and_Podcasts

 

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