Libraries and Facebook

A case study of Libraries and Facebook from the UK is at:

It gives these recommendations:

· If you decide to take the plunge and sign up for a Facebook account do spend some time reading up on the security and privacy settings relating to your account. The default option is to have your profile open which means anyone (including non-Facebook users) can view it.


· Make sure you are happy (and understand) the security settings you have saved. We would recommend you only have your profile available to your friends and not to everyone on your




· Be careful about adding too much personal information to your profile, such as your full date of birth or home address for obvious security reasons and also keep in your mind the idea of your profile as a public space, as this will help you to decide what is appropriate and not appropriate to add to it. Only share information on Facebook you are really comfortable with work colleagues knowing, as inevitably they will become your ‘friends’.


· Add some applications, (including some of the above listed library related apps) to your profile, but be selective about what you add or your profile can soon become overwhelming. Also consider that each app has separate terms and conditions that must be agreed to.



· Spend time building up your friends network on Facebook. It’s possible to search for people in various ways and you can import e-mail contact lists to see who might be already on Facebook.



· Be selective about who you accept as a friend, so don’t accept requests from people you really don’t know, but also do remember that the more friends you have on Facebook the more useful it can become.



· Join your local network and join some groups of interest. It’s worthwhile searching for groups that already exist and relate to libraries or professional interests you might have.



· Consider setting up a group or a page to experiment with how these features works – they can provide additional publicity for any professional groups you are involved in and may prove to be useful in promoting library services in the future.


·  Limit the amount of time you spend on Facebook so it doesn’t become an addiction!




This blog


Friends: Social Networking Sites for Engaged Library Services

 is also well worth visiting.





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