Navigating through life away from the library.
Navigating through life away from the library.

Like Keystone College Miller Library on Facebook

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A few days ago, I created a Twitter account for the library and then went about promoting it e.g. putting up signage, linking to the account from the library’s homepage, etc. but then I overheard some students talking…

Student 1:  “I have a Twitter account but I don’t use it.  I don’t think I’ve checked it in about a year.”

Student 2:  “I use Twitter sometimes, but I like Facebook more.  I’d probably follow the library if it was on Facebook.”

That little snippet of conversation told me 2 things:

  1. I’m incredibly nosy
  2. In order to connect with the students, we need to find out where they are

And our students are on Facebook.

Fortunately, the director and I had already discussed creating a Facebook page for the library, so it was just a matter of making it happen.  So that’s what I did.

As with creating an institutional account for Twitter, creating a Facebook page for a library is very different from creating a personal account.  First of all, I didn’t realize that you already have to have a personal account or be prepared to set one up prior to setting up the page.

Setting up the page was relatively easy, I simply had to decide what information we wanted posted and where we wanted to put it.  Now it’s just a matter of promotion and getting our students, faculty, staff and community members to like us.

How do you go about encouraging people to like your library on Facebook? For those of you who don’t work at a library, do you interact with your library on Facebook?  Why or why not?

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