I have embedded our new Media Center Schedule Google Calendar into our library wiki! Now you can see which classes are scheduled for our media center. Please bookmark or tag our calendar page at http://theunquietlibrary.wikispaces.com/Media+Center+Calendar ! Also, the calendar is embedded in The Unquiet Library Facebook page—if you have not seen our Facebook page, surf over and become a fan today!
With the new “bookmark this” feature in the EBSCOhost 2.0 interface, you can now post and link to your favorite EBSCOhost 2.0 database articles on your Facebook page! How cool is THAT?
Here is how:
1. Open the article you want in your favorite EBSCOhost 2.0 database.
2. Click on the “bookmark” icon/widget next to the persistent link to the article.
4. The application will automatically contact your Facebook account (log in first before opening your database article), and it will post your article. You can copy and paste bibliographic info and/or the abstract into the little text box before you post to your Facebook account.
Research 2.0—I love it!
My latest foray into the Web 2.0 world is that of Facebook! Facebook is a social networking site that allows you to connect with friends and like-minded colleagues. While it is fun to connect with old friends, Facebook is also a wonderful medium for networking with other library professionals, authors, and library organizations. You can use Facebook as part of your personal learning network as well as a tool to reach out to your patrons.
Facebook provides you a “wall” in which you can post a wide range of content from a text post to a favorite YouTube video. You can also program your account to import from your favorite RSS feeds, including blogs and del.icio.us, as well as your Flickr photo updates. You can integrate your other Web 2.0 tools into Facebook, such as programming your Twitter account to update your “status” by importing your Tweets; you can also add your favorite Slide and Picture Trail slideshows to your profile in Facebook! The wall also reflects updates and activity, such as when you join a group, make a new friend, or upload content.
What kinds of library things have I done in this area of my personal learning network? In addition to befriending several other librarians and YA authors, I have done the following in two weeks:
- Added the Books iRead application—this is an application that allows you to list, rate, and write reviews for books you have read; you can also browse what other iReaders are reading and reviewing!
- Added the Facebook Visual Bookshelf Application
- World Cat
I have become a fan of over 60 individuals / groups/organizations; I can follow updates to these entities through my Facebook account! I am a fan of many groups, including:
- Smithsonian Institution
- Atlanta History Center
- Mississippi State University Libraries
- Folger Shakespeare Library
- Internet Public Library
- Reference Department – University of Georgia Libraries
- Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations
- The British Library
- School Library Journal
- The 2.0 Librarian
- ALA Library
- NexGen Librarians
- The National Archives
- Mitali Perkins
- Sarah Dessen
- Meg Cabot
- Laurie Halse Anderson
- Library Journal
- Library Thing
- Mississippi State University Libraries
- Belmont High School Library
I have joined over 30 groups, including:
I also have created a page for my media center, The Unquiet Library! Patrons can become fans and follow the latest updates!
Facebook provides me the perfect space in my Web 2.0 world to integrate my favorite Web 2.0 tools while networking and connecting with other professionals. I can seamlessly keep up with my colleagues and my favorite libraries and library organizations! Rather than being “another thing to keep up with”, Facebook provide me a fun, free, and fast means for integrating many of my social networks into one platform.
If you would like to know more about ways that librarians and libraries can use Facebook, check out some of my favorite resources via http://delicious.com/theunquietlibrary/facebook. I would like to encourage you to give Facebook a try and see how this social network can enhance your personal learning network!
Yes, the rumors are true: we now have an official Unquiet Library page on Facebook. If you are old enough to have an account and have your parents’ permission to use Facebook, please consider becoming a fan of our library page on Facebook. We will use this page to stream the latest announcement from the library and from the Blatant Bibliophile book club. You can also see the latest events and find links to our library resources.