LIS 753 Post 4
I recently read the article, Google is Not the Net by Andrew Albanese which discussed the importance of libraries using social networking tools. He remarked that libraries need to use these tools because that is where their patrons can be found. He commented that libraries could use tools like MySpace.com to interact with patrons about library features. Albanese gave an example about a patron emailing a librarian at Brooklyn College about why a library would have a MySpace account. The librarian answered by giving the patron a mini lesson on how to use the library’s online catalog. What an interesting way to reach patrons where they are and give them the services they need. I also thought it was interesting to read about how libraries could use social networking links like NetFlix or Amazon’s book recommendations if libraries did not fear that their patrons’ records could be subpoenaed or hijacked. I agree with Albanese that libraries should offer these services to patrons that understand that their information may be subpoenaed or hijacked. If patrons are receiving these services apart from libraries then it is time for libraries to offer similar services to keep their patrons realizing that the library is still a needed and valued service. We do not want all of our potential patrons going to outside sources for resources that libraries could easily offer. We need to keep our users and find new ones by staying current with technology.