Social Networking and Libraries

Because the blog was locked down for a few days I've been a bit slow to post about some of the really interesting posts I have seen recently. A couple that have caught my eye have been about Social Networking in Libraries.

The first, "Managers pay attention: Why social networking and Web 2.0 is important to your Library" by David Lee King looks at how and why you should be using Web 2.0 technologies and finally some tips on how to implement Web 2.0 technologies.

The second is the Librarian in Black's post "Ten Social Networking Tips for Librarians" I loved this post which is full of practical tips on how to get the most out of using Social Networking sites. My favourite tip had to be the following...

"Use a photo of a real live person. Please be as lively as possible - this is "social" networking after all. At best, use a photo of a real librarian or some cool tricked out avatar you create to be your virtual face-piece on all social networking sites. At second best, try your library's logo. If all else fails, try a photo of your library building. But...the building shouldn't be your first choice. It says "hey, we're about bricks & mortar!"