Social Media at Temasek Polytechnic Library - Debby Wegener

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Debby Wegener shared Temasek Polytechnic Library's experience with social media at the LAS SLS Special Libraries Section Annual Networking Event - 9th Nov 2011

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Social Media at Temasek Polytechnic Library - Debby Wegener

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  2. 2. At a LAS conference in May 2008, the vice president of the Online Computer LibraryCentre, Asia Pacific shared with us this study.It seemed to be saying that libraries should steer clear of social networking. 2
  3. 3. Of all the respondents, most said no or were undecided about this question. 3
  4. 4. The same study revealed the opinions of the general public in this rather revealingword cloud. 4
  5. 5. And this one really worried me! You might as well ban the students from breathing… 5
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  7. 7. A snapshot of what the Temasek Polytechnic Library is doing in the social mediasphere. 7
  8. 8. Some interesting facts.I searched Technorati’s State of the Blogosphere in 2008 and then again in 2011 usingthe same keywords and found drastic decreases in the no. of blogs out there 8
  9. 9. I also found changes in the profile of the blogger – worrying perhaps n light of thefact that most of our students are in the 18-24 age range. 9
  10. 10. In spite of this changing blog usage, we do still use the Blog because it’s free, easyand convenient.Library News and New Arrivals information is pulled from the Blog into the Librarywebpage into special windows – no unnecessary duplication of effort, and we don’thave to wait for the information to be uploaded by the polytechnic webmaster. 10
  11. 11. Our Social Media team now is concentrating these aspects of social media…The team will be looking at how we could engage (the students), enrich (theirlearning experience) and empower (them so that they feel part of the Library) –images and words kindly provided by our Social Media Team. 11
  12. 12. Social media is all about communicating and that’s what we need to do with ourpatrons – using any means possible!This definition is taken from my favorite online dictionary, Merriam Webster dot com 12
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  14. 14. And on a final note … from a blog by Andy Burkhardt. 14

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