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Digital Librarianship & Social Media: the Digital Library as Conversation Facilitator

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Digital Librarianship & Social Media: the Digital Library as Conversation Facilitator

Robert A. Schrier
Syracuse University
raschrie@syr.edu 

doi:10.1045/july2011-schrier

 

Abstract

Digital collections marketing is an important, yet often ignored aspect of digital collection management. While many collections are laudable for the quality of their pictures, metadata, and preservation techniques, they often remain obscure, unknown, and therefore inaccessible to their intended user populations. One of the ways digital librarians can cultivate a broader awareness of their collections is through social networking. More importantly, digital librarians who participate in conversations with users through the use of social media become inextricably intertwined with the knowledge creation processes relevant to their collections. This paper presents a set of five general principles (listening, participation, transparency, policy, and strategy) that provide digital librarians with straightforward, concrete strategies for successfully integrating social media into a digital library's overall strategic plan. In addition to these concrete strategies, I also explain the theoretical importance of each principle and its relevance for establishing a rapport with current and potential users of a digital collection.

 


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Karen du Toit's curator insight, November 19, 2013 4:48 AM

Great article! Social Media helping to promote digital collections!

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» Free Software for Libraries Ideas Exchange

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" [...] ideas exchange about what free software products you’ve been able to make use of in your library or organization. Please submit an entry to the poll below!!
- Managing Electronic Resources

- Reference Statistics with Zoho Creator

- Create Your own Personal Knowledge Base

- Create Your Own Library Social Media Monitoring Dashboard"

 

Poll here: http://oedb.org/blogs/ilibrarian/2012/free-software-for-libraries-ideas-exchange/

 


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Why Wikipedians should love librarians — Wikimedia blog

Why Wikipedians should love librarians — Wikimedia blog | Documentalista o Content Curator, purchè X.0 | Scoop.it

Posted by Sarah Stierch:

"Last year marked the start of Wikipedia Loves Libraries (WLL), and in 2012, WLL activities are in full swing, with many events planned in the coming month."

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"The bottom line is that we share a common mission. We are dedicated to providing free access to information and knowledge. Wikipedians want to strengthen their articles by citing credible sources. If those sources are in print, or hidden behind paywalls, it undermines the important tenant of free access.
Libraries collect those same credible sources and make them freely available to patrons. Partnering with libraries helps keep sources free. Librarians value “information literacy,” which means teaching the general public to recognize, appreciate and rely on credible sources. Sound familiar? Teaching basic Wikipedia editing skills can be a great, practical way to re-enforce information literacy skills."


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Digital Library at Bucharest Metro Station - QR codes

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"Just scan the QR code to read the book!" 

 

Fantastic!


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