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Formalizing Facebook.

So I am fresh off this year’s OLA Super Conference high, and I’ve got a blog post in the works about the experience coming up shortly.

Meanwhile, as I return to work this Monday morning, my calendar notifies me that I have agreed to lead a student information session — cue panic!

The post within this post, I suppose, is time management and scheduling competency [i.e. I maybe shouldn’t have set that notification for 4 hours before the event]. I will of course avoid that obvious and helpful topic, and instead give a quick recap of how I’ve spent the last few hours scrambling to get my thoughts down into a cohesive and comprehensive lesson/session plan.

Now, being the social media librarian, it is only fitting that my student session topic be Facebook. The use, the dangers, the possibilities, and then the truth. GREAT topic idea, but also a WHOLE lot of information to cover in under an hour. So here’s what I’ll do instead:

In planning, I have decided to spend about half of my time actually having a conversation with the students about their familiarity, experiences, and questions about Facebook. After sharing my wisdom on how to manipulate your privacy settings and notification options, I will bestow my biased opinion on them – hailing Facebook as an important and almost inevitable platform for social connection and interaction, and illustrate these with personal and profesional anecdotes to support my sweeping statement.

Jokes aside, I feel that it is super important for users to understand the facts:

– yes, it’s true, Facebook and a slew of marketers, employers, and creepy lonely people [these categories are not mutually exclusive] are watching your activity. 

– no, that does not mean you should run for the hills and hide your online existence.

– Actively participating on Facebook is essential to relevancy [for libraries and for individuals]. Being aware of the reality of the platform, and understanding your options as a user will poise you for optimal control over how you are represented and what will be perceived of you. The key is to own your online presence, make it deliberate, and reap the cyber connection benefits in your real world.

Those who survive [read: stay awake] through this initial discussion will be rewarded with a how-to on creating their own personal social media strategy by the Social Media Librarian herself! More impressive, of course, will be the chance to make use of the super-awesome touch screen smart boards set up in our brand new Tech Room.

So there, I’m off to face my audience. Hope someone shows up [stay tuned for my impending  “what to do when no one shows up” “lesson’s learned” post]


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the story so far.

Alright, so before I can proceed in using this space as my gratuitous virtual thought process/scratch pad, I feel obligated to take an abridged walk down memory lane to contextualize the musings & ruminations that will inevitably consume this blog.

So what have I done so far and where have I gotten, in 200 words or less. This should be fun relatively painless.

Pre-me, the library already had a social media presence via Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. My goal was/is to analyze the state of that presence, its effectiveness, its purpose and its future. Since I am now in the last 1/3rd of that process, this is where the fun experimentation begins.

So far, Twitter trumps Facebook and YouTube is a different beast all together (more on that in another post). Through various hash-tag experimentations and changing the “tone” of our twitter voice down to a casual banter, I’ve been semi-successful in establishing {a}. a quicker growing following and {b.} a more open and dynamic rapport with students/users. This is fantastic. the challenge here is and will continue to be staying interesting, engaging, and relevant while continuing to push new strategies of information sharing and receiving.

(From here on out, that point is critical : it’s not information broadcasting that I’m after, that’s what the official website is for. Social media is about taking and receiving, hearing and being heard, having your network speak to you and speak for you.)

Facebook. aaah Facebook. To put it politely (and briefly), Facebook isn’t working for the library. This is disappointing for me personally because FB also happens to be my favourite social networking site, permanently ingrained into the daily workings and happenings of my day. But to have the library on Facebook seems to provide no value to users, and this has been the site of many a trip-up in my planning phases. I’ve tried broad status statements. I’ve tried direct questioning. I’ve tried verbally soliciting feedback of ANY kind, and in return, I’ve received crickets (well, cricket chirps, really. So not even whole crickets, not a-one. Perhaps a tumbleweed…but even that would imply some effort to actually present itself to illustrate my feeble failure at communication, which may be figuratively suggesting too much.).

So there, a kind-of-sort-of where I am in terms of social-media experimentation so far. Preliminary thoughts are eagerly welcomed.

Stayed tuned for my *formal* (ahem) Facebook makeover plan. WITH a potential promise of nifty multimedia footage (if you’re nice).

Oh, and my apologies that this most definitely was not done in 200 words or less (please don’t take off a letter grade).

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