Sunday, 3 February 2013

INF506 OLJ Task 3

INF506 OLJ Task 3. A to Z of Social Networking for Libraries

Activity:  READ the post A to Z of Social Networking for Libraries (22 January, 2010) on the Social Networking for Libraries blog.
Consider this advice in terms of a library and information agency that you know (as an employee or user). Select advice from five (5) letters of this A-Z list and consider how these may be applied to this library to help it embrace a Library 2.0 ethos. Write up your findings as a post (of no more than 350 words in your OLJ).

The school context The Primary School has a website accessible to the wider community. Emails are sent to parents for specific school information. Social media tools such as YouTube and Glogster are evident in some classes. 

Application suggestions from  A-Z list.

B- Blog, does your library have a blog. This is a great way for you to offer value and content for your library and it has become the standard for libraries to have one.

The library will create a blog that would have an RSS feed to the school website and intranet.
The library blog will integrate more social media. (See F and T)
Kathleen Morris (de Haan J. 2011) states: There are so many benefits of educational blogging and can be integrated into so many learning areas.          
  • Authentic learning
  • Home-school connections
  • Learning about internet safety and ICT skills
  • Literacy development
  • Boosting students confidence and sense of community
  • Global collaboration
  • Teaching about social skills”
F-Facebook, having a presence on facebook with a fan page or a group is a must. Facebook is so popular now that it is expected.

The school will join facebook and put their facebook page badge on the home page of the library blog .
An opportunity to: share library news and announcements, share photos and videos, get feedback from school community, use polls for crowd sourcing about, for a example, library layout. (Hartstein, 2011)

M- Mobile, more and more your library’s social networking needs to be able to be accessed via mobile devices. There are also more options than ever for making this a reality.

There are mobile devices within the school classrooms as well as in the library. The library willcreate mobile websites/blogs/wikis and focus on mobile applications. 

T-Text messaging- Is your library using it yet? (Twitter)

The library will set up a twitter account with information related to the library.
The library will find more and better ways to engage with its followers on twitter and to increase the numbers of followers.
A twitter feed widget (see W-Widgets) will be placed on the home page of the library website.

W-Widgets- many database vendors provide these and you can use them in many ways to promote your library resources.

Widgets are small web programs that can be easily installed and shared.
Widgets include icons, pull-down menus, buttons, selection boxes, progress indicators, on-off checkmarks, scroll bars, windows, window edges (that let you resize the window), toggle buttons, forms, and many other devices for displaying information and for inviting, accepting, and responding to user actions. (Higgins, 2005)
Putting the library Widget on the school website site will provide its readers with fresh library news, that will change automatically as the library staff updates the RSS library feeds.

What ideas, A-Z for libraries and social networking and technology do you have?


* Brooks-Young, S. (2010). Teaching with the tools kids really use: Learning with Web and mobile technologies. Thousand Oaks, Calif. :Corwin.

* Brown, AnnaLaura.(2010). A to Z of Social Networking for Libraries. Retrieved from Retrieved February 2, 2013, from Charles Sturt University website:

* de Haan J. (2011). Kathleen Morris/Leopold Primary School. Technology with Intention. Retrieved from

* Hartstein, D. (2011). How Schools Can Use Facebook to Build an Online Community

* Higgins, D( Updated 2005)What is Widget?- Defnition . Retrieved January 30th from

* Marcus, S. (2008 April 2) Matchbox.  How schools Use Facebook to increase yield

* Melton, K. (2009), Schools use Facebook, Twitter to get out their message. Retrieved from

* Reynard, R. (2008). Social networking: Learning Theory in Action. Campus Technology magazine. Retrieved from

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