Social Media for Creative Libraries

Jan 2015 | 256pp

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Social Media for Creative Libraries

Phil Bradley

Social Media for Creative Libraries explains how librarians and information professionals can use online tools to communicate more effectively, teach people different skills and to market and promote their service faster, cheaper and more effectively. 

Based on his acclaimed work How to Use Web 2.0 in Your Library, Phil Bradley has restructured and comprehensively updated this new book to focus on the activities that information professionals carry out on a daily basis, before then analysing and explaining how online tools can assist them in those activities. Including:

  • a discussion of authority checking and why information professionals are needed more than ever in a social media world 
  • a guide to creating great presentations online
  • how online tools can make teaching and training sessions easier and more enjoyable for information professionals 
  • useful tips for implementing new strategies in libraries and a discussion of the practicalities of library marketing and promotion
  • how to create a good social media policy and why
  • a look at a few social media disasters and how they could have been avoided  

Readership: Packed with features and accompanied by introductory videos on the Facet Publishing YouTube channel, Social Media for Creative Libraries is essential reading for all library and information professionals.

1. An introduction to social media

  • So what is ‘social media’?
  • Complexity and simplicity
  • Cloud-based versus computer-based
  • Browser-based or installed software
  • Solitary or crowd-based
  • Communication
  • Where is data now?
  • Validating content
  • Control through the website, or dispersed
  • Web/internet/social search
  • Information tracked down, or brought to us
  • Getting it right or getting it quickly
  • Connection speeds and storage costs
  • Our roles
  • Web 1.0 was about limitations, social media is about freedom
  • Summary  

2. Authority checking

  • Introduction
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
  • Google properties
  • Blogs
  • Other ways to check authority
  • Summary
  • URLs mentioned in this chapter  

3. Guiding tools

  • Introduction
  • Home or start pages
  • Pearltrees
  • Google customized search engines
  • Bookmarking packages
  • Blending bookmarks into a social media strategy
  • Summary
  • URLs mentioned in this chapter  

4. Current awareness and selective dissemination of information resources

  • Introduction
  • Let the networks take the strain!
  • Tablet-based applications
  • Web-based curation tools
  • News curation by e-mail
  • Summary
  • URLs mentioned in this chapter  

5. Presentation tools 

  • Introduction
  • Additions to PowerPoint
  • Prezi
  • Interactive presentations
  • Timeline packages
  • Easy-to-create presentations
  • Animated presentations
  • Summary
  • URLs mentioned in this chapter  

6. Teaching and training 

  • Introduction
  • Screencasting
  • Screencapture
  • Interactive training: Google+ Hangouts
  • Interactive training: other resources
  • MOOCs
  • Advantages and disadvantages of e- learning
  • URLs mentioned in this chapter  

7. Communication 

  • Introduction
  • ‘Just the facts’
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Blogging
  • Chat rooms
  • Wikis
  • Sticky note software
  • Google Docs
  • Distributing your content
  • Summary
  • URLs mentioned in this chapter  

8. Marketing and promotion – the groundwork

  • Introduction
  • Blending your social media presences
  • Getting past the organization roadblock
  • Search engine optimization (SEO)
  • Location
  • Consumer rather than creator
  • Monitoring tools
  • Summary
  • URLs mentioned in this chapter  

9. Marketing and promotion – the practicalities 

  • Introduction
  • Images
  • Photographic manipulation
  • Make images more exciting
  • Podcasting
  • Video
  • Augmented reality
  • Summary
  • URLs mentioned in this chapter  

10. Creating a social media policy

  • Introduction
  • Why an organization needs a social media policy
  • Defining social media
  • Social media policies for specific tools
  • Personal versus professional
  • The chain of command
  • Dealing with criticism
  • Do’s and don’ts
  • Legal issues
  • How often should a policy be reviewed?
  • Summary
  • URLs mentioned in this chapter  

Appendix: Social media disasters 

  • United Breaks Guitars
  • Never seconds
  • Tweeting from the wrong handle
  • Employees being stupid
  • Turning a negative into a positive
  • Watch the news, don’t just react to it
  • Don’t pick a fight with the internet!
  • Summary

"...a practical and simple, yet honest and accessible mix of the good, the bad and the ugly."
- Alexandria

"...impressively instructive and 'user friendly', making it a highly prized and recommended addition to personal, professional, community, corporate, and academic library 'Library Science' reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists."
- Midwest Book Review

"This book is recommended for librarians of all types, but has particular interest for those who are just beginning to explore the use of social media."
- Against the Grain

Phil Bradley is a renowned information specialist, internet consultant and conference speaker specialising in search. He has worked with a number of search engine companies to help them improve their products, and has a blog on internet search that is widely read. He teaches internet search and social media skills to librarians and information professionals both within the UK and abroad. He also writes a column in the CILIP Update magazine, and previous titles with Facet Publishing include How to Use Web 2.0 in Your Library. Phil has been CILIP (the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) President for 2012–13.

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