Social media is becoming more and more a must for libraries and many libraries are finding that when used properly it can be a great tool to save money and promote library services and collections.
That said, here is my list of social media and library trends for the new year 2011.
1. Mobile applications- this is a big one. Libraries will start using a variety of these this year including those designed for library websites as well as by library database vendors and other library related mobile applications.
2. QR Codes- These are starting to show up and become popular in the business and marketing worlds and they will start to be used in libraries this year.
3. Google Applications- whether it’s collaborating with google docs, using google voice for text messaging or any of the other google applications. Google has a lot to offer libraries and more libraries will start using these.
4. Twitter- While more libraries may be using facebook, in many ways, twitter can offer more to libraries especially when it comes to reference and instant answers to questions.
5. Virtual reference- While this is already offered at many libraries, new trends and offerings in the social media world make offering this service more practical than before. Whether it’s installing an instant chat application on a facebook fan page, using a live video site such as ustream.tv or one of the many other free applications available through social media, virtual reference is more doable and approachable than it has been in many years.
6. Increased collaboration between librarians at more than one institution as well as between faculty and librarians will occur thanks to social media tools that make this possible. Examples include twitter, twiddla, and many other white board and online sharing applications.
7. Teaching social media classes- I started doing these at my library this year and I believe many more libraries will follow suit.
8. Using social media as a teaching tool and not just as a tool for library promotion. New applications by library vendors such as lib guides and gale and many others make this possible and we will only continue to see even more of these in 2011.
What other trends in libraries and social media did I miss?
source : http://socialnetworkinglibrarian.com/2010/12/21/social-media-and-library-trends-for-2011/