In one of our peer learning Elluminate sessions, a question came up about using the social networking site, http://www.facebook.com/, as a communications and learning channel for Renew Washington.

Many libraries are already using Facebook, Including New Zealand's Dunedin Public Library, National Library of Singapore Facebook Page,  and the Smithsonian Libraries, to offer two diverse and active examples. Others are mere placeholders and don't seem to be doing anything. The important thing to consider is if the type of patron you are trying to reach is USING Facebook. Don't make assumptions. Check out the statistics.

Facebook is not a static environment. The tools, policies (particularly privacy policies) are always changing. So it is helpful to follow the work of people who pay attention to these details (remember, you don't have to do this alone. ) An example is a recent post from the Krafty Librarian talking about recent FB changes.

Tips from Facebook's Randi Zuckerberg for Non profits via http://beth.typepad.com/beths_blog/2009/08/reflections-from-mashable-conference.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+bethblog+%28Beth%27s+Blog%29:


Here are some resources that might be useful to Libraries who are considering using Facebook.

Examples of Washington Libraries on Facebook

FVRL: http://www.facebook.com/FVRLjobhelp http://www.facebook.com/pages/Centerville-OH/Washington-Centerville-Public-Library/59572487505