Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Social Networking and libraries

Most of the Libraries visited were American and invited social comment from teenagers. http://www.myspace.com/brooklyncollegelibrary The music on home pages was a nice added-dimension. Most invited comments but few comments were made.
Rss feeds for the latest books were a good idea.

There is a lot of social networking discussion from librarians. For example Libraries in Social Networking Software
By Meredith Farkas May 10, 2006

commented on Facebook's “Pulse”, where the top 10 movies, books, tv shows, etc…can be listed on your library page.
The new advertisement option in Facebook also offered funding possibilities.

Library would have to in my opinion offer excellent sites with meaningful and interesting content. ( so many are difficult to navigate and appear disorganised). This would involve staff time and how many users are there? (Who has this much time?)

Use of social networking for gathering Local History is exciting
http://www.aadl.org/taxonomy/term/302 Local history blog

Five towns local history http://ftlh.blogspot.com/

http://localnotes.wordpress.com/ the great weblog of Leichhardt Council’s Local History team who are based at Leichhardt Library in Sydney’s Inner-West.

Here I can see many possibilities. Comment from the community which establishes, verifies and presents new local history is worthwhile.

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