Whose space is it anyway? Librarians, Libraries and Facebook Dr Jane Secker Centre for Learning Technology London School of Economics and Political Science Facebook: a network, a research tool, a world? Liverpool John Moores University. 24 th October 2008
Through my own personal use of Facebook it was becoming clear that an increasingly broad range of people were using the website on a regular basis. A Library Fan Page on Facebook would therefore 'place' the Library where a diverse market already existed, rather than expecting people to make a 'special trip' to our own website. The fact that we can directly contact our fans was also a prime motivator in setting up and maintaining the fan page.
We're keen to open up access to the library and its services through as many avenues as possible. For instance, we have catalogue and MetaLib search widgets that can be placed into Facebook, Pageflakes, Netvibes, etc. Essentially, as far as practical we want the library to be where the users are (whether they choose to use those resources or not is then up to them).
The main aim is to disseminate information about new services, developments and events. We use it in a similar way to a blog by sending updates to fans which they receive from their Facebook home page. We also have details of our information skills sessions within Facebook and use the page to link to our webpages and bring our blogs together in an aggregated RSS feed on the page.