Yesterday I attended a WESlink event which was looking at the changing roles of library assistants. Representatives from local universities talked about what changes are being made in their library and what impact this is having on the skills, knowledge and experience of a library assistant. One area discussed was the use of social media, in particular Facebook. The general consensus was that people were uncertain about how useful Facebook was as a tool for libraries to use with someone describing it as ‘when your parents turn up to a party you’re at uninvited’. Cut to this morning and catching up on meeting minutes I learn that our library is interested in having a Facebook presence. So I wondered what other university experiences were & posted a question on twitter “Calling academic librarians: does your library have a facebook page? how has it been rec’d by students? Thank you”. Lots of people asked for a collation of responses so here it is and if I get anymore I will be sure to add them.
University & response
- University of Brighton
No, difficult being split site. Do we have one for each library or for the service. Something for our comms strat!
- University of Wolverhampton
Yes have FB page
- University of Sheffield
Yes have FB page, work in progress, used for basic information but had a number of check-ins so looking at developing the page
- Specialist library
Not yet, We’re multi-site with v different users + seeing if fb or tumblr would work better.
- Bodleian social science library
Yes have FB page, no of ‘fans’ has been slow but steady, not much interaction from them, a few likes/comments.
- Montana Tech
Yes have FB page, Lukewarm so far. Wonder if it’s not cool in our institution’s culture to “like” the lib page? Working on promo ideas.
- Swansea Met
Yes, set up in the last week and have 36 followers so far, a good proportion of those are students
Thank you to those people who responded and the retweets.