Thursday, October 2, 2008

Exercise #22 Social Networking in Libraries

The Facebook sites for the libraries shown on the Discovery exercises are a good example of how the use of networking tools can benefit the library world. Particularly for teens, the value of an interactive site is that it allows the library to have feedback from patrons and adjust services according to their needs. The Facebook site which allowed patrons to suggest titles for purchase would be very useful. The comment by one teen patron in an article, that teens mostly used the email facility on Facebook rather than the usual email showed that libraries would receive more feedback and suggestions through this method. The article pointed out that controls over content should be considered but overall, I think the use of Facebook etc by libraries is an exciting prospect.

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