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  • 1. Libraries, Librarians & Social Networking Alison Miller @millerlibrarian
  • 2. Social Networking
    • Individuals, organizations, businesses and others
    • Social sites used to connect with others, sharing interests, causes, services, etc.
    • Leads to Social Capital
      • connections within and between social networks
  • 3. A few examples
    • Social networks
  • 4. Facebook
    • more than 400 million active users
    • 50% of active users log on to Facebook in any given day
    • average user has 130 friends
    • people spend over 500 billion minutes per month on Facebook
    • http://www.facebook.com/press/info.php?statistics
  • 5. Twitter
    • twitter now has more than105 million registered users
    • new users are signing up at the rate of 300,000 per day
    • twitter users are, in total, tweeting an average of 55 million tweets a day
    • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/14/twitter-user-statistics-r_n_537992.html
  • 6. YouTube
    • more than 2 billion views a day
    • 24 hours of video uploaded every minute
    • the average person spends at least 15 minutes a day on YouTube
    • more video is uploaded to YouTube in 60 days than the 3 major US networks created in 60 years
    • http://www.viralblog.com/research/youtube-statistics/
  • 7. Flickr
    • over 5.5 billion images
    • more than 80% are public
    • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flickr
  • 8. So…why is this important?
    • the average American now spends about 13 hours each week surfing the Web
    • there is value to social networking!
    • http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/consumer&id=7186413
  • 9. Libraries & Social Networking
    • Academic, Public, School, and Special libraries
    • Lib Success Wiki
  • 10. Value
    • In general…
    • social contacts affect the productivity of individuals and groups
    • Specific populations…
    • a way to provide information and services to members where they live
    • additional access points to the library
  • 11. Goals for libraries
    • promote services
    • promote collections
    • promote events
    • promote resources
    • facilitate communication
  • 12. Facebook
    • Hennepin County Library
    • http://www.facebook.com/hclib
  • 13. Facebook applications for libraries
    • legitimate research portals, combining a marketing tool with a research tool
    • My Delicious and Delicious Box add Delicious links to a Facebook page
    • Libguides is an official Libguides application which freely adds a library's Libguides to their Facebook page.
    • JSTOR app allows patrons to search your library's JSTOR account directly though Facebook.
    • a Widgetbox to allow users to search the OPAC through Facebook
    • http://www.libsuccess.org/index.php?title=Social_Networking_Software#Facebook
  • 14. Twitter
    • Binghamton University Libraries
    • http://twitter.com/bulibraries
  • 15. YouTube
    • The Library Channel – The Library Minute
    • Arizona State University
    • http://www.youtube.com/user/librarychannel
  • 16. Flickr
    • DeKalb County Public Library's photostream
    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/dcpl/
  • 17. Librarians & Social Networking
    • New, veteran, retired, reference,
    • technology, etc.
    • Librarians and the Internet, Social Media, and Web 2.0
  • 18. Value
    • In general…
    • social contacts affect the productivity of individuals and groups
    • Individual librarians…
    • share information and services with colleagues and peers
    • form relationships and create personal learning networks
  • 19. Goals for librarians
    • share service ideas and models
    • share professional and library resources
    • facilitate collaboration
  • 20. Facebook
    • Buffy Hamilton
    • aka The Unquiet Librarian
  • 21. Twitter
    • Joe Murphy – Yale Librarian
    • @Libraryfuture
  • 22. YouTube
    • Stephen Franceur
    • Blog: Digital Reference
  • 23. Flickr
    • Jessamyn West
    • Blog: librarian.net
    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/iamthebestartist/
  • 24. What can you do?
    • learn a new tool’s culture
    • PLAY with it. Experience it. Use it.
    • connect to some Facebook apps, join some Facebook groups
    • create a Twitter account and connect with librarians
    • add some favorites to YouTube
    • browse – see who’s using Flickr and what images they are uploading
  • 25. Then…
    • figure out what you can add that those people (your library members, after all) might find interesting or useful
    • http://www.davidleeking.com/2007/09/11/facebook-and-libraries/
  • 26. Finally…Have fun!
    • Librarians Do Gaga
    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_uzUh1VT98