Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Ask a Librarian

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Ask a Librarian

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Ask a Librarian is a monthly feature where librarians have a chance to comment on Computers in Libraries' topic of the month. In this installment, Donna Ekart, communications coordinator for Kansas State University's K-State Libraries, explains how libraries can quickly make a splash in the Web 2.0 world. The following has been edited for style and length.

Q: What should libraries do to get the most out of Web 2.0 tools such as blogs, wikis, and social networks?

A: I think there are three main things that libraries should do once they've decided to jump into the social media world.

1. Be yourself. Sometimes libraries try to control or mediate the very thing that makes social media so engaging: a human voice proclaiming serendipitous content. Your encounters with people in the social media realm needn't be carefully edited and wordsmithed by a committee, nor should they attempt to use lingo you wouldn't use talking to people in person. …

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