Beth G.’s post on ‘Social Networking: Not just for Teens’ made me think about using social networking tools in my own library system.

Even if you are not part of a large library system, (or even if you are), consider connecting to the community-places that might use social networking tools to share the work you are doing.

‘Add as friend’ is a common capability of such networking sites as (Flickr, MySpace, YouTube, Ning, etc.) This way, each branch or agency can preserve their autonomy but contribute to the whole by becoming a ‘friend’ with one another. Using social networking tools as part of our professional work also allows us to connect better with others who might not be librarians.

Add your ideas to the YALSA wiki page on using social networking tools with colleagues here. It’s not just about who has a MySpace page at their library but what can you do with it to increase your visibility for the great work you are already doing? Let the world know! Meet others besides librarians to connect with. Don’t see a group you’re interested in? Start one!

Try Twitter to connect with colleagues at the next annual conference! Not going to annual? Start a Twitter group for another conference you’re going to.

There’s the InfoTubey awards (to be announced next week at Computers in Libraries conference!) what about awards for teen services using social networking tools in innovative ways for users and with colleagues? Announce winners during Teen Tech Week!

Posted by Kelly Czarnecki

About Kelly Czarnecki

Kelly Czarnecki is a Teen Librarian at ImaginOn with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. She is a member of the YALSA blog advisory board.

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