Facebook, Libraries, and Librarians

Facebook is a popular social networking website used by approximately 600 million users as of January of this year, according to it’s Wikipedia article.  People use it to re-connect with old friends and keep in touch with friends and family.  Despite the privacy issues, it can be very helpful for staying in touch with family and friends that live far away.  My rather large family uses it often to keep in contact with one another and we even have our own group.

But what about libraries and librarians?  Can librarians use this popular tool to get the word (pun intended) out there about what their library has to offer?  I say yes.  Librarians can create fan pages for the their library for the public to see.  On it, they can post pictures of events, the library and library staff, and even the collection itself when new books arrive.  They can announce events on their page and have the libraries hours, location, and other important information patrons might need.  If the library has a group page, the librarians can even invite members to events that would suit them.  I think it would be a great way to connect with patrons in an age where almost everyone has a Facebook account, even my aunts who are in their 70s have one!  It’s a great way to get the word out there to the public on what’s new and what’s going on at the library.  After all, almost everything has a fan page now, so why not the library?

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