This session will explore how libraries are utilizing social media tools, Open Source soft-ware, and mobile devices to offer new services and interact with library patrons. Topics covered include iPad apps, Foursquare, LibX.
Text of Using Social Media and Other Web Tools
1.Denise OShea Systems Librarian Fairleigh Dickinson University
2. 3. Where Are Our Patrons?
Most patrons start andfinishtheir searches:
Amazon, Barnes & Noble
4. What about the library website? 5. Why?
LibX is a great shortcut to library sources
It's a tool bar
Always with you
Free, easy to setup, no programming required, no server needed (hosted bylibX.org )
6. What Can LibX Do?
Search your catalog and other library resources
Localization (use of embedded cues/graphics) on webpages
Provide links to library resources
Offers a right-click context menu
7. Its a toolbar Its a context sensitive menu Embedded cues 8. Getting Started with LibX
How to make your own edition -- visitwww.libx.organd copy/modify an existing toolbar
Put it on your library computers, your blog, your handouts, give classes, etc.
9. 10. What is Foursquare?
Location-based social networking website
A new way to engage with library patrons
Marketing and education
It's also a game
Main strength is tips -- users can leave short messages about a location, other users in the vicinity can see the tips
11. Libraries and Foursquare
Over 1600 libraries in Foursquare
What are they doing?
Giving prizes to Mayors
Sharing tips about new services and resources
Feedback from patrons
Used at conferences
12. Getting Started with Foursquare
Download the mobile app to a compatible device (or access via the mobile site --m.foursquare.com )
Can integrate with Facebook & Twitter
Check-in, share tips
13. 14. Privacy & Security Concerns
You can check-in privately ("off the grid")
Use of QR codes to provide links to library tips and services may be less intrusive
15. Competitors 16. iPads in Libraries 17. Ways Your Library Can Use iPads
eBook Readers, Reserves and Ready Reference
Roaming libraries go where your users are
A teaching tool
A substitute for a desktop or laptop
Turn any library resource into an app
Turn any library space into a classroom
Loan to patrons
18. Vital Apps
Data storage/transfer DropBox, GoodReader ($), iRead PDF