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  • Rural isolation
  • Community Walk
  • Photobucket, flickr


  • 1. Rural & Small Web 2.0 Tools
    How to find Immense Collaboration with Miniscule Library Resources
    Prepared for the Association for Rural & Small Libraries Annual Conference, Gatlinburg, TN, 2009 by Sonja Plummer-Morgan
  • 2. What we hope to accomplish…
    Introduce social networks
    Explore time saving social network tools
    Connect traditional and modern library precepts
  • 3. But I’m already exhausted!
  • 4. Why Social Networks?
    Keeps you connected with other professionals
    Social networking tools can be used to share information, advertise events, and connect with local and distance readers.
    Librarians often underestimate the impact they can make in any online or local community.
  • 5. What Happens Online?
    Photographs and other documents digitized
    Rural isolation partially mitigated
    Answers found to questions for our patrons
    Library associations share news
    Books recommended, downloaded, discussed
    Emerging trends discussed
    Libraries marketed and promoted
    Creative spirits expressed (art)
  • 6. Wikis
    Project Gutenburg
    Largest and first producer of free online books 30,000 free books.
    “Built on the power of collaborative thinking. Create websites that mix best features of wikis, blogs, forums and social networks into a community.”
  • 7. “We may sit in our library and yet be in all quarters of the earth.” 
    John Lubbock 1834-1913
  • 8. The idea of libraries reaching beyond the boundaries of our buildings or communities is expanded with online
    social networking and communication.
  • 9. Web 2.0 and You…
    • Blogging events and writing articles gives patrons an opportunity to contribute
    • 10. Let your patrons’ “voice” be heard
    • 11. Showcase library events
    • 12. Blogs are easier to maintain than a website
    • 13. Volunteers or staff can “blog” together
    • 14. Contribute to the degree that your time allows
    • 15. Resource share
  • Collection Development—Social Networks as Database
  • 16. It’s Not Just the Big Guys…
    In a library district of 4,500…
    • Created a blog for book reviews and library events
    • 17. Used 42 things for web 2.0
    • 18. Uses Facebook, LibraryThing, podcasts, Snapfish & Flickr
    • Felt pleased to see patrons over 60 adapting to new technology
    Joy Neal, Library DirectorLa Conner Regional LibraryLa Conner, WA
  • 19. Taylor County Library, FL
    “We have included a blog as part
    of our library website. We are
    using Word Press for the web site
    and the blog. You can check us
    out @” 
    Pamela S. Grigg, Director
    Taylor County Public Library
    Perry, FL
  • 20. Social Networking Practices…
    • Make your Mission the foundation
    • 21. Add disclaimers—views expressed are the author’s and not the library’s
    • 22. Honor confidentiality of patrons
    • 23. Show respect to everyone
    • 24. Remember your online presence reflects library
    • 25. Carefully observe copyright laws
    • 26. Create or imagine no expectation of privacy
  • Sample Disclaimer
    “This blog does not represent official Library of Congress communications.
    Links to external Internet sites on Library of Congress Web pages do not constitute the Library's endorsement of the content of their Web sites or of their policies or products. Please read our Standard Disclaimer.”
    ~Library of Congress
  • 27. Making it Happen…
    • Set aside time every day
    • 28. Utilize volunteers
  • Time is money & money is tight…
    • Instant chat……...fewer long distance phone calls
    • 29. Post events……...reduce costs for paper ads
    • 30. Digitize photos.....archival and storage cost down
    • 31. Social sites………find solutions to problems
    • 32. E-learning……… costs
    • 33. Online flyers……..postage costs
    • 34. Collections……….grant access not acquisition
    • 35. Notices or signs…less paper and ink used
    • 36. Colleagues………reduce burnout with support
    • 37. Prof Dev………….find grants & fundraising
  • Reader’s Advisory
    **Also try Shelfari, LibraryThing, LivingSocial
  • 38. Sharing Photos
  • 39. Reference Questions
  • 40. Online Communities
  • 41. A few of my favorite tools…
    • Technorati (search engine blog)
    • 42. Skype (free phone calls)
    • 43. Collaborative Thinking Blog
    • 44. Work Literacy Blog
    • 45. Passion for ‘Puters
    • 46. E-Learning Technology
    • 47. Jane’s E-learning Pick Day
    • 48. Ning
    • 49. DimDim
  • 50. For Further Reading/References
    Minnesota State University. John Lubbock.
    Keeping Rural Libraries Linked and Rural
    The Rural Blog
    The Latino American Experience
    American Indian Library Association
    Rural Library Initiative