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“Since the mid 1990s, there has been a declining trend in library usage.With the rapid expansion of the internet to the general public, people began to seek answers in the quickest and most convenient way.” ~WikipediaWe’re “Losing Libraries” http://www.losinglibraries.org/Much like the http://newspaperdeathwatch.com/ site that tracked newspaper closings.
Space for patrons to create their own content A general change in attitude regarding libraries has become apparent – patrons want them to ‘do more’ not just be a book resourceShifting from book storage to supporting the communityIncluding coffee and cafés to be more “Barnes & Noble” likeZeke’s Café Opens in Dimond Library at UNH January 2008 http://www.unh.edu/dining/locations/zekes.html
According to ALA – citing a research study conducted by Curtis R. Rodgers, Ed.D at South Carolina State Library - http://slidesha.re/L0lvbEThat while many libraries are using social media “voraciously,” a few are not using them at all.In short, there was general, if not complete, consensus that technology is developing rapidly and that libraries and librarians who are slow to adapt put themselves at risk. (A Google search for “social networking libraries” returned 14.8 million responses.)
Avoid putting your library at risk – adopt social media.According to ALA – citing a research study conducted by Curtis R. Rodgers, Ed.D at South Carolina State Library - http://slidesha.re/L0lvbEHere’s what he found in terms of platform usage and reason for use
Top 5 Facebook, Twitter, Blogging, Flickr, YouTube
Top Reasons Libraries are using Social Media:Promoting General Library ServicesMarketing Specific Adult Programs and ServicesProviding Quick Updates to UsersMarketing Specific Children/Youth Programs and ServicesReach New Audience of Potential UsersAs Web 2.0 and Social Media continues to evolve – More Shifts will happen
Redefining Content Creation and Content Curation
Steps to Content Creation using Social Media Find your audienceSet your goalsStart with the basics and optimize those accountsBuild a teamCreate a Content MapLink accounts – Connect, connect ,connect – social network
Content Creation - Find your audience
Content Creation - Set your goals to avoid wasting time on social media.
Content Creation - Start with the Basics and be sure to fill in all the profile information like hours of operation etc.
Content Creation - Build a team. You don’t have to be the only person contributing to the effort. Get others to participate too
Content Creation - Create a content map so you’ll always have something to write, post, tweet about. Make some regularly scheduled and some as the topic arises. Here’s a sample mind map. I used the free program Freemind to create it. Mind Map tool: http://freemind.sourceforge.net
Content Creation - a close up example of Book Reviews and Recommendations
Content Creation - a close up look at New Movie Releases
Content Creation - Make sure all your accounts are connected.
Content Creation - You (or your library) are the center of your social network
ContentCuration – has moved from in-person resource to online resource.Librarians are in a unique position to help patrons manage the information overload.Content, and managing content properly contributes to search engine optimization (SEO). SEO helps a library become more highly visible to the community it serves.
*According to Social Networking Librarian http://socialnetworkinglibrarian.com/
Resource for Library and social media. http://libraryschool.campusguides.com/content.php?pid=270481&sid=2231502
Additional links and resources. In no particular order – just interesting reading.
Libraries and social media
LIBRARIES AND SOCIAL MEDIA Image courtesy of http://libraryschool.campusguides.com/socialmediaBy DianeVautier www.dianevautier.com @dvautier on
Traditional Library Usage is Down @dvautierDeclining trend inlibrary usage(wikipedia)We’re “LosingLibraries”http://www.losinglibraries.org/
Libraries Adapt – Space @dvautier Reconfiguring Space for Different Use Meeting Spaces CafésZeke’s Café Opens inDimond Library, UNH.January 2008http://www.unh.edu/dining/locations/zekes.html
Libraries Adapt - Technology @dvautier Including more Technology Services Ebook & Ebook Readers Lending OnLine Accounts QR Codes (connecting electronic /physical) Open Source Data Access Self Check Out Stations Quincy IL Public Library Self Check-Out
Libraries Adapt to Web 2.0(SoMe) @dvautier According to the American Library Association U.S.libraries continue to make increasing use of social media and Web 2.0 applications and tools to connect with users and to market programs and services. Consensus - technology is developing rapidly and libraries and librarians who are slow to adapt put themselves at risk.
It’s Called a Social “Network” @dvautier Link Accounts Together!!!! On Your Website On Your Blog Social Media Accounts
Connect, Connect, Connect! @dvautierBecause You are the Center of Your SocialNetwork Photos Video Social Networks Presentations Blogging You Bookmarking MicroBlogging Commenting
Content Curation @dvautier Manage information overload Goes hand-in-hand with Social media and SEO CC by verbeeldingskr8
The Good News - Librarians AreIncredible Content Curators @dvautier Librarians have Content Curation Superpowers Use Your Librarian Super Powers to Make Information Exciting again Employ Social Media as a New Tool
5 of the Top 10 Social Media &Libraries Predictions for 2012*@dvautier 1. Sharp increase in libraries w/ mobile friendly websites or library related apps. 2. More libraries will use youtube as a marketing channel and education medium. 3. Increase in social media use to educate. 7. Tools like Goodreads and Library Thing will be used for book reviews and locating books. 8. More open source programs. *According to Social Networking Librarian http://socialnetworkinglibrarian.com/