• Save
Its Not About Us: Exploring Social Media Strategies in Libraries
Upcoming SlideShare
Loading in...5

Its Not About Us: Exploring Social Media Strategies in Libraries



3 hour talk for Long Island Library Resources Council

3 hour talk for Long Island Library Resources Council




Total Views
Views on SlideShare
Embed Views



4 Embeds 8

http://librarybytes.com 3
http://www.slideshare.net 3
http://www.librarybytes.com 1 1



Upload Details

Uploaded via as Adobe PDF

Usage Rights

© All Rights Reserved

Report content

Flagged as inappropriate Flag as inappropriate
Flag as inappropriate

Select your reason for flagging this presentation as inappropriate.


11 of 1

  • Full Name Full Name Comment goes here.
    Are you sure you want to
    Your message goes here
Post Comment
Edit your comment

    Its Not About Us: Exploring Social Media Strategies in Libraries Its Not About Us: Exploring Social Media Strategies in Libraries Presentation Transcript

    • It’s not about US Exploring Social Media Strategies in Libraries Helene Blowers Digital Strategy Director Columbus Metropolitan Library LibraryBytes.com http://www.flickr.com/photos/pinkbeltrage/97982661/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/33256665@N00/72548641/
    • Blog: LibraryBytes.com
    • Changing Landscape
    • = information
    • = community
    • Web 2.0 Communities Niche communities
    • “Web 2.0 generally refers to a second generation of services available on the WWW that lets people collaborate and share information online.” - Wikipedia.com “Social media is the use of electronic and Internet tools for the purpose of sharing and discussing information and experiences with other human beings.” - Wikipedia.com Shared Pictures = Shared Videos = Shared News = Shared Bookmarks = Shared Knowledge = Shared Everything =
    • Types of social information • Photos, podcasts, blogs, scapblogs, http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/07_24/b4038405.htm
    • Changing Brands
    • The Library Brand …
    • The Library Brand … CC Cindi Trainor http://www.flickr.com/photos/trucolorsfly/352573802/
    • The Library Brand … CC http://www.flickr.com/photos/beija-flor/237319319
    • Old Paradigm: Control the LOOK & FEEL of the Brand
    • From mass marketing to niche marketing 1957 – 45% audience 2007 - 4% of audience
    • Consumer to Multisumer
    • New Paradigm: Influence the CHARACTER & PORTABILITY of the Brand
    • www.showusthecow.com
    • http://mail.google.com/mail/help/gmail_video.html
    • Changing Customers
    • 55% of online teens use social networks 48% of teens visit social networking websites daily 91% of all social networking teens say they use the sites to stay in touch with friends they see frequently, while 82% use the sites to stay in touch with friends they rarely see in person. 72% of all social networking teens use the sites to make plans with friends; 49% use the sites to make new friends. CC http://www.flickr.com/photos/22749172@N03/2336097581/ Pew Internet & American Life Project: Social Networking Websites and Teens: An Overview - Jan 2007
    • - Patricia Martin
    • There’s a new digital divide
    • • Those who know how to search smartly vs. those who simply search. • Those who know how to validate soft information vs. those who rely exclusively on others to solidify hard facts. • Those who know where to find information in new “hot” channels vs. those that only access traditional media . • Those who understand the current culture of informal languages vs. those that consider it solely slang and bad grammar. • Those who know how to get information to travel to them vs. those who still chase it. • Those who have the knowledge and skills to create and re-mix digital media vs those that only have skills to be passive spectators. • Those that understand learning is a continual process vs. those that view learning as a knowledge achievement. © Helene Blowers LibraryBytes.com
    • Changing Strategies
    • It’s about …. Conversation
    • “Markets are Conversations” CC http://www.flickr.com/photos/jakecaptive/71298126/
    • http://www.darienlibrary.org/
    • http://www.darienlibrary.org/directorsblog/
    • http://www.aadl.org
    • http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2140/2739899617_e27c5b0fde.jpg?v=0
    • http://teens.columbuslibrary.org
    • http://teens.columbuslibrary.org
    • Gail Borden Public Library http://www.elgin.lib.il.us/storypalooza.html
    • It’s about …. Participation
    • http://www.acpl.lib.in.us/
    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/acplinfo/tags/dayinallencounty2007/
    • http://www.hclib.org/pub/bookspace
    • http://www.pictureaustralia.org
    • http://minthillstitchin.blogspot.com
    • It’s about …. Collaboration
    • http://booklovers.pbwiki.com
    • http://loudounpedia.wetpaint.com
    • http://www.westernspringshistory.org/
    • http://www.westernspringshistory.org
    • http://www.40families.org/
    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/40families/
    • http://www.wikinorthia.net.au/
    • It’s about …. New communities
    • http://www.darienlibrary.org/services
    • www.myspace.com/libraryloft
    • www.myspace.com/libraryloft
    • http://pikespeakld.ning.com/
    • It’s about …. into the Community
    • http://www.hclib.org/teens/MySpace/AddCatalogsearch.cfm
    • It’s about …. Customer Celebrations
    • http://www.plcmc.org/fotofun/default.asp
    • http://www.plcmc.org/fotofun/
    • Jessica, University City Library member since 2001
    • http://www.hclib.org/pub/bookspace/hpphotos.cfm
    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/hennepincountylibrary/888211903/
    • New Jersey Libraries- 3 Reasons
    • http://teens.denverlibrary.org/media/youtube.html
    • http://teens.denverlibrary.org/media/youtube.html
    • http://www.calcasieu.lib.la.us/Teentechfavs.htm
    • Brands are built on what PEOPLE are saying about you, NOT what you’re saying about yourself. - Guy Kawasaki CC http://www.flickr.com/photos/stephenr/1683318514/
    • It’s about ….
    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/toddography/12034661/
    • Libraries need to … … then when we try to control. http://www.flickr.com/photos/celesterc/540341359/
    • Changing the Framework
    • What strategic elements do you need to focus on in order to support today’s Virtual Users?
    • To enable our customers to connect with library staff, its VIRTUAL services and with each other in USERS meaningful ways. Our customers feel CONNECTED
    • To provide our customers with a rich online experience VIRTUAL that enhances their local branch experience & USERS daily lives. Our customers feel They’re getting VALUE
    • To enable our customers to personalize their library experience allow our VIRTUAL community to celebrate USERS themselves. Our customers feel GOOD about THEMSELVES
    • + CML.org is a destination. +++ Users embed pieces of CML.org in their space. + CML.org is an information source. +++ CML.org is a utility for connecting the community. Create + CML.org is a virtual branch. Fresh +++ CML.org reflects 21 flavors of CML’s branches. Practices + Digital formats mirror real life. +++ Digital formats give us more options than IRL + Staff are our greatest marketing asset. +++ Customers are our greatest asset online.
    • http://sendables.jibjab.com/view/ZgllRUNcPzlYUQrTOidS http://sendables.jibjab.com/view/owner/Dm0iSLhTz3LRd36E
    • Un-marketing Exercise:
    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/striatic/2134277399/
    • Brian Solis http://www.flickr.com/photos/briansolis/2735401175/
    • Social Media Edge: 10 Steps 1 Learn about social media & Learn to Listen
    • Social Media Edge: 10 Steps 2 Participate & join the conversation http://www.flickr.com/photos/annabelb/25488751/
    • Social Media Edge: 10 Steps 3 Develop a 2.0 marketing plan http://www.flickr.com/photos/laughingsquid/463805061/
    • Social Media Edge: 10 Steps 4 Create social celebrations http://www.flickr.com/photos/seraphimc/1340792910/
    • Social Media Edge: 10 Steps 5 Help your brand & content travel http://www.flickr.com/photos/araleya/2048088388/
    • Social Media Edge: 10 Steps 6 Play with multimedia http://www.flickr.com/photos/komshiki/331788762/
    • Social Media Edge: 10 Steps 7 Learn as you go & track success http://www.flickr.com/photos/44049217@N00/1491746420/
    • Social Media Edge: 10 Steps 8 9 10 http://www.flickr.com/photos/skycaptaintwo/583749159/
    • Final Thought … The best way to get customers to market your brand is to allow them to promote you (the library) by marketing themselves CC http://www.flickr.com/photos/trishabrunner/2246254598/
    • http://www.flickr.com/photos/kimonomania/474758933/
    • Helene Blowers Digital Strategy Director Columbus Metropolitan Library hblowers@columbuslibrary.org www.LibraryBytes.com