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OLJ 2: A to Z of Social networking.

Posted by arlekeno on January 21, 2012

Time for OLJ 2. Hopefully WordPress is working today ( the word count feature was not yesterday) and I can get another OLJ done for a library of my choosing, I am thinking My old High School Library, where I also spent much of the last 5 years working. To begin.

READ the post A to Z of Social Networking for Libraries (22 January, 2010) on the Social Networking for Libraries blog. Consider this advice in terms of a library and information agency that you know (as an employee or user). Select advice from five (5) letters of this A-Z list and consider how these may be applied to this library to help it embrace a Library 2.0 ethos. Write up your findings as a post (of no more than 350 words in your OLJ).

Online Learning journal Acvtivity.

F-Facebook, having a presence on facebook with a fan page or a group is a must. Facebook is so popular now that it is expected.

While “Expected” currently Facebook is blocked by the NSW DEC webfilter, so students aren’t able to access it at school. Using it as a teacher for school work, raises questions about privacy use and contact, which while insignificant, can be stressful and would take the Z FOR ZEAL out of a lot of social networking use.

Sarah Elliot’s Poll in the INF506 group discussed this problem,

Sarah Elliott

Just thought I would run a quick poll. Do you think that it is acceptable for school teachers/educators to be friends with their students on Facebook?

 Yes 3. No 20.

indicating that the use of facebook is somewhat contentious.

This is unfortunate as a web presence is useful for libraries. Last year I altered a library homepage to include a direct link to the catalogue search, posts about latest books, announcements on the Premiers reading challenge. which while useful, would have been far more visited on Facebook. Social networking is how students today communicate. Social media belongs in the Classroom (Falls 2011).after all, it is the culture of the connected generation, is it equitable of us not to let them use it?

If I adhered to the department guidelines, I believe my superiors would let me create a page, HOWEVER, Facebook could not be the sole outlet of information, not all students at SHS have internet at home, asking them to rely on a service they have no access to, even with School laptops, is inequitable, though not a problem schools can solve, it is one schools can work around.

Direction- What are you planning to accomplish for your library with social networking?

At the moment my old library has no social networking or even a webpage. (the webpage was removed a few years ago until it was decided what format to use for the school, and five years later this has not been done, so no homepage). To become a librarian 2.0 a homepage will need to be made. plans will also need to be made into which social networking tools, if any the school library could use. This however would require meetings with the technology committee and the executive about implementation in the school, using the framework we have and according to state policy.

I for one think a homepage is the place to start, to post updates, link to important sites, even the Mylibrary link on the DET portal could be useful for this. As for full social networking with interaction, I would love a Facebook page to do all the same things, but in a more easily accessible and interactive manner. I also think students are more likely to LIKE a page on Facebook and check it occasionally, than FOLLOW their school library on twitter. I have never heard the students at my old school discuss twitter, whereas I often caught them on Facebook. I have also never had any student tell me that they visit the school website.

I would love to put results or photos of the Library Chess competition for example online, and while BlogEd is currently the recommended tool for teachers to use, as it is a closed only to people who have DET logins, again, I think trying to get the students to visit it regularly will be less successful than using an already popular system.

Maybe there needs to be direction statewide to make systems like blogED  more student friendly, put games with rewards on their, give them a reason to go for fun, then give them the information.

Ebooks- You can share these on social networking to increase their exposure.

I have added a link to HSC texts available for free in eBook form to the Library homepage . Any library could do this on any homepage.

Project Gutenberg’s 30,000 free books are useful for tight budgets and the DER laptop. Scan has suggestions on how they can be used,

When paid services are bought, preferably through a consortia with other lib, as suggested by, Ebook Summit 2011: “Don’t Buy Ebooks” (Harris C 2011) I would link them to the library homepage and search engine, as is done by my local library, using services such as Clipper DL.

While not greatly collaborative or conversation starting, it could go back to the Librarian 1.0 ways of easily providing access to books.

V-Video whether on youtube or elsewhere, use video to enhance and engage with your users via social networking.

Since Youtube is blocked for students in NSW state schools, Clickview is a common way to deliver video content.  While the Clickview videos are linked to the search engine, a specific link to clickview on a library homepage, would be efficient, especially since my school pays for the external service, allowing clickview to be played at home with a password. These systems can also be used to host Videos we produce, if we wished to do so, in a manner similar to the library minute.

Technical issues do sometimes arise due to the requirement for the latest MSN Silverlight updates, especially since students don’t have the administrator privileges on the DER laptops required to even update some programs, but usually, when the wi-fi is working the video will work.

A-active, in order for your library patrons to view you as being serious about your social networking and for it to work for you and your library, you need to use it on a regular basis.

While supervising a library’s homepage I assured it was updated with new books once a fortnight, had reader reviews, links to the PRC registration etc. the same could be done with a Facebook page.

However the A for Active should cover ALL aspects of the way a school library runs, . The best librarians are pro-active, and looking for ways to work with the greater school body, essential in a time when Teacher-Librarians are at risk of being classed non-essential staff.

Regular updates and marketing could increase conversation about the library and give students a reason to visit the homepage.



Elliot, S. 2012 Poll taken from Facebook group. INF506 201190 Social Networking for Information Professionals retrieved 26/1/12 from

Falls 2011 Social Media Belongs in the classroom, Retrieved 18/1/2012 from 

Gray, M. Have a laptop, will read: free e-books from links in the school library collection’ in Scan 28(3) August, pp. 30–31.  GRAY, Martin (2009).

Harris C 2011, Don’t Buy Ebooks. retrieved from


Edit Update on Facebook 1.2.12

There is another issue within my school the head of the technology committee, who is highly respected within the school and IT teaching in the district, believes we should not use Facebook at all, saying it is “inherently evil”. based on its privacy policies, use of personal data and so on. I believe that if we follow the DET guidelines, which recommend setting up a group page, and then carefully follow the code of conduct with regards to what we post, all the information would be publicly available anyway. His views are not unsupported, A quick google search of “Facebook Evil” returned over half a million entries, including several from respected sources such as the Guardian newspaper.

He also believes the need to constant monitor the page for flaming is not worth the effort, and we should try to direct students towards the school webpage, whereas I believe that we should go to Facebook where the students and parents already are, and that keeping the schools “wall” clean is not a large job.

I think this is the old argument that P.R. People have had against open websites, the need to monitor. 


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