Using Social Media in Libraries: Best Practices by Charles HarmonUsing Social Media in Libraries: Best Practices by Charles Harmon

Using Social Media in Libraries: Best Practices

EditorCharles Harmon, Michael Messina

Paperback | February 15, 2013

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Since there's no point in Twittering if no one acts on your tweets and there's no point in having a Facebook page with a million "likes" if library use doesn't increase, you'll welcome the eight best practices presented here because they will help your library both actually do social media in a way that matters and do it well.The successful strategies presented here range from the Vancouver Public Library's innovative use of Twitter to the United Nations Library's adoption of a social media policy to the Farmington, Connecticut Public Library's fantastic work using social media to reach teens who weren't using the library. Other libraries highlight their ventures into media including blogs, Pinterest, and social catalogs.
Charles Harmon is an Executive Editor for the Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group. His background includes work in special, public, and school libraries. Michael Messina is a reference librarian at the State University of New York's Maritime College. He has also worked as a researcher at The Brooklyn Academy of Music Archives. The...
Title:Using Social Media in Libraries: Best PracticesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:114 pages, 8.92 × 5.99 × 0.36 inPublished:February 15, 2013Publisher:Scarecrow PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0810887541

ISBN - 13:9780810887541


Table of Contents

. Foreword by Laura Solomon, Ohio Public Library Information Network. Introduction by Walt Crawford, Author of Successful Social Networking in Public Libraries. "The Library in the Social Network: Twitter at the Vancouver Public Library" by Kay Cahill, Vancouver Public Library, Vancouver, Canada. "Beyond the Teen Space: Reaching Teens through Social Media" by Laura Horn, Farmington Public Libraries, Farmington, Connecticut. "Blogging for Readers" by Robin Hastings, Missouri River Regional Library, Jefferson City, Missouri. "Successful Blogging Strategy & Design" by Jason Paul Michel, Miami University Libraries, Oxford, Ohio. "Navigating the Virtual Horizon: Finding Our Way Using Social Media in Hospital Libraries" by Yongtao Lin and Kathryn M.E. Ranjit, Tom Baker Cancer Knowledge Centre, University of Calgary Libraries, Calgary, Canada. "Visualizing Information with Pinterest" by Cynthia Dudenhoffer, Smiley Library, Central Methodist University, Fayette, Missouri. "The United Nations Library is Seriously Social" by Angelinah C. Boniface, Dag Hammarskjöld Library, The United Nations, New York. "Social Catalogs: Implementing an Online Social Community as an Extension to Our Physical Libraries" by Laurel Tarulli, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Editorial Reviews

This book explores successful strategies in using all types of social media. The eight best practices presented will help your library actually do social media in a way that matters and do it well. The strategies presented include the innovative use of Twitter, blogs, Facebook, Pinterest, and social catalogs. Social media provides creative ways to reach teens and others who were not using the library, so librarians at all levels would find this valuable. Information on the adoption of a social media policy is included.