Offering the full complement of 26 A to Z recommendations, this list is inclusive of 2012 (Hill, S, 2012) amendments ‘Q’ and ‘X’.
A to Z of Social Networking for Libraries
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.
B- Blog, does your library have a blog. This is a great way for you to offer value and content for your library and it has become the standard for libraries to have one.
C-Content- just like businesses have to offer valuable content in order to market their businesses, your library needs to offer valuable content that your patrons will read and appreciate.
Direction- What are you planning to accomplish for your library with social networking?
Ebooks- You can share these on social networking to increase their exposure.
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.
G-Good Reads, Do your patrons need some ideas of what to read? Help them out with Good Reads.
H-Help- relying on only one or two people to build your library’s social networking presence will not work. It needs to be a whole team effort on behalf of your entire library staff.
I-Interesting- Are your library’s social networking profiles and content interesting? They had better be if you want them to work for you.
J-Joomla- an open source web design program that can make editing your library website and adding in social networking features much easier.
K-Koha the best open source program for your library catalog, you can also integrate social networking into this tool.
L-Library Thing– use this great site to share your library collections with others.
M- Mobile, more and more your library’s social networking needs to be able to be accessed via mobile devices. There are also more options than ever for making this a reality.
N-Ning this free social networking site allows you to create a social networking specifically for your library.
O-Open Source- use these programs and tools to enhance your social networking experience and to help your library save money.
P-Podcasting- this is a great way to share interviews and valuable audio tips with your library’s audience.
Q-QR codes – Quick response codes availing digital information on analogue media.
R-Reference- you may think that offering reference services via social networking is impossible but the reality is that so many of your patrons use facebook, twitter and youtube that you can offer the answers to frequently asked questions as a form of reference services on these sites.
S-Slideshare, this heavy traffic and awesome social networking site lets you share power point presentations. Use this site to embed your presentations and promote them on other sites as well.
T-Text messaging- Is your library using it yet?
U-Ustream- use this program to broadcast live to your library patrons.
V-Video whether on youtube or elsewhere, use video to enhance and engage with your users via social networking.
W-Widgets- many database vendors provide these and you can use them in many ways to promote your library resources.
X-X-ray vision – transparency of ethic and practice to all participants.
Y- Youth- using social networking allows you to connect on a deeper level with young people.
Z-zeal, is your library staff exciting about the possibilities that social networking can offer your library? If not, you will struggle to make it work for you.
Adapted from A to Z of Social Networking for Libraries (2010). Retrieved from http://socialnetworkinglibrarian.com/2010/01/22/a-to-z-of-social-networking-for-libraries/