Sunday, June 05, 2011

What others shared: Their ideas on ideas on using social media as part of library services for Children or Teens

[From this earlier post]

Thanks for the responses, people!

"We are having our teen advisory groups make videos that we post on blogs, facebook and Twitter. I am sure thus isn't anything new though." ~ Jessica, who works for Seattle Public Library.

[I quickly commented that it wasn't necessary to be new or earth shaking. Being consistent and being genuine in engaging customers were more important]

"you can make them post impressions of what they read on facebook. It helps to introduce others to particular books and rate them. When I go to the library, I see shelves of books that might not be good to read rather than shelves of books that may be good to read. Maybe if there is a rating system using social media, it might help." ~ This was from my band-buddy, Adrian (a teacher and a biologist). I think his comment about "seeing shelves of books that I might not like to read" was something worth looking into.

"Maybe this is already done. Set up target group specific twitter alerts. For example for pre-school kids, encourage parents to follow "twitter tots" for updates on bks suitable for their kids" ~ From Mui Lin, an ex-colleague of mine and now a stay-at-home mommy. She also adds:

"I'm a SAHM, am planning to set up a book club in the online forum that I'm a member. What prompted me to do this is I'm stressed out looking after my 3 young kids and want to reach out to other parents who love to read. We do not need to meet and can share anytime of the day :). Not sure how it will work out or if anyone will join" [I think she should just give it a go! :)]

"Make catalogue.nlb.gov.sg facebook friendly. You have almost the entire population of kids on facebook (short of a couple of non-facebookers). Tag a discussion board to the end of the listing and allow posting by people. Policing the discussion boards would be a challenge but I don't see how technology can't overcome it." ~ from Say Hong. [Hmm... nice idea; the online catalogue is probably the most visited page/ site of the library so it makes a lot of sense to make it more social]

how would you use social media to service children and/ or teens, in the context of library services?

What's interesting for me was that in all their ideas, there's a strong social element and about people-to-people-to-content connections. There's also implied or explicit roles for the librarians.

It's also about simplicity.

It's definitely less about the tech.

Thanks again, people!

3 comments:

  1. Very interesting. The idea to use social networks to connect with pupils is just great. Update us furthermore as I want to see the conclusions in the long run.
    Thanks!

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  2. Hi I came across your site, when I was searching for jobs of a librarian in Singapore. I would like to know how much a Librarian in Singapore is earning. Me and my family (that would be 3 of us, my husband plus my daughter) would like to go to Singapore and work there. As of now I am searching online for a job as a librarian online, I found one, but it wants to know my expected salary, I really have no idea how much an academic Librarian will earn in SG. Any suggestion would greatly be appreciated. Im a librarian here in Philippines, I have been working for 12 years now.

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  3. Hi Sam, i don't have the specific answer to your question, sorry. You may want to ask the individual employers, as their HR policies may vary, especially for non-citizen employees.

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