Social Networking Sites and Reference Services

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A presentation made at ALA Midwinter on January 12, 2008, in Philadelphia, PA.

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Social Networking Sites and Reference Services

  1. 1. Social Networking Sites and Reference Services Stephen Francoeur Baruch College New York, NY [email_address] Presentation at ALA Midwinter, Philadelphia, PA January 12, 2008
  2. 2. Social Networking Sites
  3. 3. Social Media Sites
  4. 4. Social Network Aggregators
  5. 5. Photo by Phil Hollenback Some web sites offer a welter of ways to connect.
  6. 6. Photo by Jessamyn West Some don’t.
  7. 7. Current Library Uses <ul><li>Promoting of Library Resources & Services </li></ul><ul><li>Relationship Building </li></ul><ul><li>Searching Library Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Reference Services </li></ul>
  8. 8. Communicating in Facebook and MySpace <ul><li>Direct messages </li></ul><ul><li>Bulletin boards </li></ul><ul><li>Wall posts or Comments </li></ul><ul><li>IM </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Screen name links </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MeeboMe </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Libraries in MySpace and Facebook <ul><li>Links to digital reference services </li></ul><ul><li>MeeboMe widget in Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>Listed as ref communication channel on library web site </li></ul>
  10. 10. MeeboMe widget on Facebook page for Merrill-Cazier Library at Utah State University.
  11. 11. Facebook as communication channel on library web site.
  12. 12. Twitter feed of recently asked reference questions at Nebraska Library Commission.
  13. 13. Librarian Pages <ul><li>Academic librarians in FB mostly </li></ul><ul><li>Same communication tools that library pages feature </li></ul><ul><li>Librarian profile pages on library web sites </li></ul>
  14. 14. My profile page in Facebook.
  15. 15. Iris Jastram’s profile page on the library web site at Carleton College.
  16. 16. A librarian’s Facebook page is promoted on personal page on the library web site.
  17. 17. New Uses for Reference Answers <ul><li>Post screencasts on video sharing sites </li></ul><ul><li>Post screen shots on image sharing sites </li></ul><ul><li>User may then share link with others </li></ul><ul><li>Librarians can re-use content </li></ul>
  18. 18. Do We Belong? <ul><li>Do users want us there? </li></ul><ul><li>Do they expect us there? </li></ul><ul><li>Do they think of social networking sites for information needs? </li></ul>
  19. 19. Do We Want Do Reference There? <ul><li>Questions asked publicly </li></ul><ul><li>Servers not under our control </li></ul><ul><li>Enhanced interpersonal relationship for digital reference interaction </li></ul>
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