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social networking and libraries

January 3, 2009

I looked at WCPL’s myspace and facebook page. They seem to be useful tools for connecting with teens and keeping them abreast of the library’s activites. I think that myspace and facebook pages for libraries should be teen focused. I do not think that most older adults would think of checking facebook for whats going on at the library. Most teens have a myspace or facebook account anyways, so it makes sense for a library’s young adult program to try and reach teens that way.

Microblogging…. is not something that I would do personally, but it makes sense for a library system to do it. I was surprised to see that the Monroe County Library System in NY, which is the county next to the one that I grew up in, is on twitter. Many other library systems are on twitter as well, including the Free Library of Philadelphia. I think that this is a good way to get programs to the public. It is sort of like an additional event keeper.

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