[Web4lib] libraries with a presence on Facebook

Annie Smith SMITHAN at uvu.edu
Tue May 11 12:44:03 EDT 2010

ListServ Members,

The Utah Valley University Library has been on Facebook since July 2008 (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Orem-UT/Utah-Valley-University-Library/16720928004?ref=ts). We primarily use it to announce events in the Library, as well as posts about library services and policies. We have over 1,400 fans, which sounds like a lot until you compare it to our enrollment (~25,000). We do get feedback from our fans but, again, we don't hear from everyone. 

The page is updated by myself and by the manager of our Information Commons. I wouldn't consider it a raging success, but I do consider it a vital part of the Library's web presence and outreach/advertising efforts. The rewards far outweigh the efforts that go into the page. It only takes us a few minuted every other day to update the page. Since we have a lot of talented people working on events and projects for the Library, we almost always have something to post and share.  

We also have a twitter feed (http://twitter.com/uvulib) were we announce events, but it is not as successful as our Facebook page.

Annie Smith, MLS
Reference and Instruction Librarian
Utah Valley University Library
smithan at uvu.edu

>>> Linda Babli <lbabli at mywinterhaven.com> 5/10/2010 11:38 AM >>>
We have been on Facebook for about 2 months. However, I accidently created it as a business page instead of a government page. I just created the gov page and will shut down the bus page as soon as all "friends" (a whole 35) have moved over.

Linda Babli, Reference & Technology Librarian
Winter Haven Public Library
325 Avenue A, NW, Winter Haven, Florida 33881

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Dear fellow Web4lib members,

When I have had various questions about libraries and their involvement in certain user generated content areas (e.g., wikipedia), I have found your help very valuable in the past.

I hope some of you will consider my current question and respond so that we can discuss the topic off list.

I am wondering about libraries and their presence on Facebook. If your library is on Facebook (or if you have a colleague who may not read this who works at a library that is on Facebook -- please let me know), I hope you'll be willing to contact me so I can ask a few questions. It doesn't matter if your library's experience with Facebook has been a success, not-so-much-of-a-success, or neutral. I'd like to discover more about the dynamics, issues, and networking that are involved.

Thank you for thinking about this.

Nick Tomaiuolo, MLS

Reference Department
Elihu Burritt Library
Central Connecticut State University
New Britain, Connecticut

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