Social media/networking and libraries


Posted by Liz Eckert | Posted in INF506 | Posted on November 27, 2014

Having started reading and participating in INF506 Social Networking for Information Professionals I’ve come to realise that there are a lot of people out there in library land that aren’t aware of how to use social media & social networking sites to advantage of their library.

Some of what I expected to be doing in this course isn’t happening; we aren’t modelling and trying out some of these new (for some) tools that are out there to connect with the internet savvy communities that libraries are a part of. I was expecting that people would be having a go at twitter, sharing blogs publicly (mostly), playing around in Facebook, Google+ and other social networking sites. Some fellow students are only just now having a play in Facebook and they think it’s scarily new. I guess I kind of understand that for the older than 40 year olds that they wouldn’t be comfortable with the idea of Facebook (or alternate social networking site) given that they are not a so-called digital native (those born after 1980 apparently p1-1). However, there are quite a few in this age group that are beginning to use social networking sites, particularly to stay in touch with extended family members, given the wide and varied locations people can be across the globe these days.  While I am also classed as a digital immigrant, being born in the late 1970s, I am aware of and use social networking sites to maintain and develop connections with friends and family and make professional connections. Some of these are far reaching, in both ideas and locations. I may be more used to the slower pace of the connections of Facebook compared to twitter where things can move very fast. I am trying out new tools and having a go at them. People usually are forgiving if you let others know that you’re just starting out using a particular tool. There are how-to-guides out on the internet to help people out like

I’ve found that twitter can give me some good ideas for the classroom from some of those whom I follow. I’ve also found it helpful in discussing ideas and expectations about different assignments for uni subjects. Twitter is very much read as you go, and don’t panic when you miss something. . I’ve not read my twitter feed during the day at school and come home to more than 300 tweets that I’ve missed. I haven’t tried to read them all (particularly after trying the first couple of times that happened) trying to catch up. It’s like coming into the staffroom at lunch and not always hearing the entire conversation about a topic, generally you pick up the gist of what it’s about without having everyone repeat everything previously said.


Having said all that about this subject, I see the place for having social media/networking accounts for libraries, even if they are closed to a select few people in a private library. The public and many of the patrons/customers that our libraries rely on to ensure that they are funded and maintained, use social media to keep up with what’s happening.

Having a Facebook page for the local public library makes sense to allow promotion of events and other happenings at the library. Connecting with parents about school holiday programs, and pre-school programs makes sense via Facebook as these people are likely to be using Facebook to connect with their extended families. It’s an easy and relatively simple way to connect with the community the library serves. Those who need to have fewer people knowing about their services for privacy reasons, can create a closed group page where only the people in that group can find information about the services offered. Links can be shared that are not part of the direct library (ie those on other websites) to offer supporting ideas and materials.



Reference List:

De Rosa, C, Cantrell, J, Havens, A, Hawk, J, & Jenkins, L. (2007). Sharing privacy and trust in our networked world: A report to the OCLC membership. ([ebook].). Dublin, Ohio: OCLC. Retrieved from
The Beginner’s Guide to Twitter. (n.d.). Retrieved November 27, 2014, from

OLJ Task: What is Web 2.0?


Posted by Liz Eckert | Posted in INF506, required blog tasks | Posted on November 26, 2014

OLJ Task: What is Web 2.0?

What is 2.0? Definition of terms used in the techology classroom.

Based on your reading and viewing of these definitions, try to summarise what you know and think about Web 2.0 . This can is a good basis on which to begin to record your reflections or your learning in this subject in  your on your online learning journal blog at Thinkspace.

Web 2.0 is participatory allowing consumers to comment and interact with various web services which can give feedback to the business/service provider. Web 1.0 was driven by the service provider (advertisers etc) rather than the consumer informing via cookies & clicked links etc what they were interested in. Web 2.0 allows customisable content for the consumer.

Web 2.0 platforms offer the chance for multiple people to offer feedback, comments and collaborate (in some platforms). I can see the usefulness for schools, students and teachers in some areas. These particularly include the asynchronous types of apps/programs like blogs and wikis and vodcast/podcasts/youtube type services. Document sharing would be useful to use (like google docs) if the school system doesn’t block them. This is particularly useful when students are collaborating on assignments and classwork. The only thing that students need is a computing device with internet capabilities (and connected to the internet/intranet at school) and so many things can happen in their learning.

Some learning management systems or platforms (also called LMS which can be confused by library people for Library Management Systems) allow some of these features to be used within them. Two that I am familiar with, as a teacher, are Daymap and Moodle. These allow asynchronous learning tools to be used and implemented by staff and students. Some of these tools are forums, blogs, document sharing (to an extent) and access to learning materials 24/7 which is also a key feature of Web 2.0 and learning. The forums are popular in some subjects to allow students to be each other’s brains trust and solve problems outside of school hours – they don’t have to be in the same place to figure things out together. They also don’t require the teacher to be the one to answer the questions. Given that collaboration and teamwork skills are part of the 21st century soft skills that are required (by nearly every possible job) and are transferable this is an important skill that teachers & teacher librarians need to be able to foster and encourage the development of in young people today.

Other libraries can also help this by offering homework services via online means. Some public libraries which I have access to and use offer this through their website. The people helping students do not give them the answer, they act as a sounding board and guide the student in their answer finding.



What is web 2.0 was written in 2009, starting to make it dated in some aspects, particularly in the newer apps & uptakes in some areas – Flash seems to be on the way out with html5 allowing similar things.

Reflections on “Sharing privacy and trust in our networked world: A report to the OCLC membership.”


Posted by Liz Eckert | Posted in INF506 | Posted on November 24, 2014

How do the concepts and findings in these sections of the OCLC report reflect your view of the socially networked world in 2014?

Read the ‘Introduction’ section, followed by ‘Our Digital Lives’ (Section 1) and ‘Our Social Spaces’ (Section 2).

The introduction didn’t really tell me anything I wasn’t already aware of; although defining the terms was useful. It was interesting to see which countries they surveyed as well (USA, France, Germany, Japan & Canada). It would be interesting to see what Australia’s results would have been if they were surveyed.

Social Networking Sites: Web sites primarily designed to facilitate interaction
between users who share interests, attitudes and activities, such as Facebook,
Mixi and MySpace.
Social Media Sites: Web sites that allow individuals to share content they
have created, such as YouTube (video sharing) and Flickr (photo sharing). While
interaction occurs on social media sites, the primary purpose of the site is to
publish and share content.
Commercial Sites: Web sites used for browsing and purchasing goods and
services.  (De Rosa, C, Cantrell, J, Havens, A, Hawk, J, & Jenkins, L, 2007, p.xiv)

It was interesting the way they termed digital natives & digital immigrants – reminded me of two INF530 readings

natives = born 1980s onwards; immigrants = those born before 1980.

The OCLC report noted that the immigrants and natives are converging towards similar usage & skill sets of the internet.


De Rosa, C., Cantrell, J., Havens, A., Hawk, J. & Jenkins, L. (2007). Sharing privacy and trust in our networked world: A report to the OCLC membership. Dublin, Ohio: OCLC.  [ebook] Available

Kuehn, L. (2012). No More “Digital Natives” and “Digital Immigrants.” Our Schools / Our Selves, 21(2), 129–132.

Stoerger, S. (2009). The digital melting pot: Bridging the digital native-immigrant divide. First Monday, 14(7). Retrieved from

INF506 Introduction


Posted by Liz Eckert | Posted in INF506, required blog tasks | Posted on November 11, 2014

Just outlining where I’m up to in my Master of Education (Knowledge Networks & Digital Innovations) and posting my intro to those who don’t yet know me for INF506 Social networking for information professionals.

I’m a mum to two young boys (currently 2 3/4 years & 5 1/2 years), neither who like going to bed before 8pm (the younger one is closer to 9pm most days). Currently I’m working as a 0.8FTE Teacher Librarian at a high school in the northern suburbs of Adelaide. This is my third subject of the four I need to complete, as I received credits for my previous MEd (Teacher Librarianship) from CSU when I enrolled in this course.

I also am not sure where I’ll be next year as a teacher, or if I’ll be in the library as teacher librarian as I’ve been working as a contract teacher since 2001  with teacher librarian contracts mostly since 2006. This is one of the main reasons I’ve chosen to do a summer subject as I feel that if I’m in a new school, there will be enough to learn about that setting without throwing a uni subject on top of everything else.

Social Networking My Definition – I’ve probably missed something but it’s a basic definition

Using online media (such as twitter, facebook, blogs, etc) to connect with others for professional and private reasons.

Social Networking Technologies I have used:

I’ve used Facebook before but mainly for personal use, with the odd connection for PLNs as schools tend to block Facebook for staff & students (I need to override to view Facebook at school.)

I’m okay with blogging, and am thinking of setting up a blog for professional development and for teacher registration purposes.

Flickr I’ve mainly used for study in this course.

Since the start of this M Ed, I’ve become reasonably able at twitter. I wouldn’t say I’m an expert but I’m comfortable with what I do know and how I do it.

I’m not sure about SecondLife which I tried back in 2007/08 in my first M Ed but couldn’t get it working enough for the course at the time. I’ve downloaded it already and started to play in it but not really confident that I’m understanding what the aim of it is in any great detail.

I’m not a huge diigo user yet but have signed up to get a educators account so maybe that will help me use it a bit more.

Expected Learning from INF506

I’m looking forward to understanding & using social media in a professional schooling and personal professional context throughout and after this subject.

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