This fortnight we looked at social networking as part of the State Library's Licence 2 Test Drive . I am particularly interested in this topic for marketing and promotion, and creating relationships with patrons/customers. Just this week David Lee King posted a blog about the use of social networking tools both professionally and personally, and the fine line that divides the two. It is a very good post, and worth a look.
Librarian Idol - in a post on a very similar theme - states, "So, here's one thing I'd like to see. If we're so focused on libraries using social media, then we need to train our librarians up on actual social networking skills for online communication". He then gives 4 tips on how to do this. Also a great blog post and worth reading.
I am personally involved in a few social networks, and my fav at the moment is twitter. My account is a mix of both professional 'friends' within the library/online industry, and geographical 'friends' that live within my community. I have also been fortunate to meet up with some of my twitter 'friends', and have yet to be disappointed with the contact.
I am ever so grateful for my professional 'friends' who continue to educate, inform, inspire and encourage me to become not only a better person but a better librarian. I am so glad that I work in a profession where most share so freely of their knowledge. I am *loving* building online friendships with people from my local community. I love that my 'friends' know that I am a librarian, and I enjoy answering questions and passing on any info that I can. I especially like when they come into the library to say hi!!
Now for the shameless plug! This last month month has seen me create a Ning network aimed at the teenage readers within our community. We just released it this week, and still need to advertise heavily within the schools and at work. It is called Virtual Libraria , and I will keep you posted!