Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Social Networking

Social networking is here to stay whether we want it to or not. If any business or organization is wanting to reach people, especially the coveted demographic of 18-34 year olds, then social networking is where the business needs to be.

I resisted social networking when it first came on the scene. What was the first one? The one we all have forgotten about? Oh right, MySpace. My best friend growing up was on that stupid site and that is the only reason I joined. We have lived apart since we were like 9 so the biggest challenge of our relationship has been keeping up with each other. MySpace made that so much easier. But that got cluttered fast! Luckily she branched into Facebook and I was right behind her. Facebook has been my saving grace in terms of keeping up with friends all over the place. I am a terrible corresponder. I have so many good intentions of keeping up, but I generally fail miserably. Thank you Facebook for making it easier for me to keep in touch. Instead of a ridiculously long email to someone, I can write a few sentences on their wall and comment on their pictures and I can do that daily instead of attempting to write an email that never gets written.

Twitter intimidates me. I won't lie. A year and a half ago I signed up for it one random night. Why that night? Well, I had just gone to the best concert of my life. That's right: NKOTB! And they were Twitterers and apparently after concerts they would Tweet where they would be. So my friend and I ran back to the hotel, logged onto Twitter and made us an account. The boys of course chose that night not to Tweet so we went in search of them anyways. I tried to follow it for a month or so but I got so lost looking at the Twitter feed and not knowing what all of the fancy symbols meant that I just let it go.

So now, I must figure out the fancy symbols! For real, someone explain to me the #! What does it mean?????

So for 23Things we are looking at Social Networking. As a librarian today, you gotta know how to use Facebook. People are coming in and they want to get on, but remember, they have no idea how to double click the big E to get online, so we must know the steps to walk them through signing up for Facebook. I imagine Twitter will be next.

A question has been posed on whether Twitter would be a good reference tool. My first inclination is no. Just because I want to keep my job. We are not allowed on social networking sites while working at the desk, so how would you explain using Twitter for a reference question? If people did not abuse the right to use social networking while working I think Twitter could be useful. I have read that a ton of librarians use Twitter to find out about different things going on in librarianship. With Twitter usually having breaking news, it could be a good spot to go to if one is looking for something that had just happened. Otherwise, I think you could get your information elsewhere.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

23 Things

Once again, I get to use my blog for a school/work related item. Obviously I never kept up with it otherwise. At work, there is a new initiative to get everyone used to working with technology. I think this is awesome! We have some old-school library employees (and librarians) who are avoiding technology like the plague. Technology is so important in librarianship today and if libraries are going to continue to prove that they are pertinent in today's world, then we HAVE to keep up. So super fun!

For this week, we are exploring all that Google has to offer. In one of my classes in grad school, we also had to look at some of the up-and-coming Google items. It is funny to me that those tools that I looked at about a year and a half ago are still not too popular. But you've got to play with things until you find something that works. The library staff was asked to look at Google Docs, Google Books, Google Scholar, Google Patents, Google Uncle Sam, Google Sites, and Google Maps.

At the beginning of grad school, I used Google Docs constantly. We are cheap so we did not buy the Microsoft Office when we got our computers. So I was using Google Docs for homework. It also became a great place to save and have a back up copy of everything. I am notorious for losing flash drives so Google Docs was fabulous for me. I think Google Docs is a great tool for our patrons as well. With many patrons using the library to create and update resumes, Google Docs will be extremely useful as a tool for patrons for their resumes.

I am also very familiar with Google Books and Google Maps. I've used Google Scholar but I am not overly familiar with it. I tend to just use our databases. I have never used Google Patents, Google Uncle Sam or Google Sites. I am looking forward to exploring those.

I am also interested in looking into Google's ebook site. Now that I have a Nook, I am on the lookout for ebooks and deals.