Social media can be used in many, many, many different ways in your school library….
- You could use social media to collaborate with other staff. Tools like Google Docs enable you to share and edit documents with other staff. This can be very useful when working on an ongoing project-in fact Julia and I used Google Docs to write our presentation for SLANZA and LIANZA conference.
- SurveyMonkey is another awesome tool for gathering data. It’s free and very simple to use. The Digital Resources Librarian at Julia’s library used SurveyMonkey to create an assessment of staff’s technical abilities which she then analysed. Julia then used the results to target areas where staff need upskilling.
- Can build connections with parents and caregivers especially with the use of Facebook
- You could use Snapchat for a book treasure hunt around the library!
- Use Pinterest to create boards around topics that are being taught in class.
- Twitter is great for making quick, short, snappy announcement such as when the Internet is down, the library is closed, events coming up etc.
- Create “How do I…” guides for the students to learn how to use the library’s resources using video and publish them on YouTube.
This list is never-ending… use your imagination, push the boundaries and make social media work for you.
Here are some more ideas and inspiration for using social media in schools…
- Social media and the school library – National Library of New Zealand giving some useful information on using social media in school, with good links.
- Social Networking in School Libraries – Nice quick article on using social media in schools with some useful links.
- Social Media in School Libraries – this list of link and resources for using social media is amazing and well worth a visit.
- 3 Ways Libraries can Utilize Social Video – Tips from ProQuest on different ways you can use video in social media
Share with us the different ways you use social media in your school library. What platform are you using and how?