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A place to discuss the use of social media tools in the public library and to get ideas and tips from our successes.

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Thoughts on improving public engagement on social media website?

What are you thoughts and suggestions for increasing public interaction on library social media websites?Continue

Started by Tamara Denice Evans Jun 6, 2014.

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Comment by Josie Brockmann on December 1, 2011 at 3:50pm

I found this article post on the Digital Shift blog interesting.  I can completely relate to the lack of interaction to posts by Library Facebook followers.  I can't seem to get people to interact at all.  Anyone else notice this on their Library Facebook sites?  How can it be overcome?

Comment by Bethany Lewis on September 1, 2013 at 9:02pm

I think Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites are a vital way for librarians to communicate and share information, additions, opportunities, and services with its community and demonstrate its relevance and usefulness to its patrons. My public library,The Kutztown Community Library in Kutztown, PA, has a great Facebook page where it posts about the organizations and activities it holds weekly, trips the librarians plan, fundraisers, new materials gained, helpful tips for using the library to its fullest potential. 

One aspect I have noticed ever since I have "liked" the libraries page is their consistent updates. A social network account is of no use if it isn't utilized and updated on a regular, consistent basis. The Kutztown Community Library posts at least a few times a week, sometimes almost daily. They describe meetings and activities they will be holding, trips they are taking, information about the library, and information about the community. I really like how thorough they are and how often they post information. 

Comment by Marta Kostecka on September 2, 2013 at 1:09pm

I agree with Bethany. My library uses Facebook and a bit a Twitter. Lately I'm wondering about Pinterest, Instagram and some other popular social places on net. I'm not sure should we try it but we can hear opinions that younger people (teenagers) prefer 'following' more then 'likes'. 


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