Sunday, March 9, 2008

Social Networking Services For Engaged Library Instruction

Being There: Using Social Networking Services For Engaged Library Instruction

Gerry McKiernan,, Library, Iowa State University, 152 Parks, Ames, IA 50011

At colleges and universities today, a significant portion of students are members of Facebook (, the online social networking service. Beginning in Summer 2007, we initiated a series of outreach projects using Facebook to directly promote Library programs and services to select members of the ISU community. These initiatives sought to inform students and faculty not only about the availability of core services offered by the reference and instruction department (e.g., book and journal selection, library presentations, research assistance) but also about the general library services provided by the library (e.g., interlibrary loan, library collections, reserve and media services).

This presentation will report on the results of these projects and describe future outreach plans. In addition, the general nature of Facebook, and its current and potential use by educators will be reviewed. The presentation will conclude with a brief overview of key readings and Web resources about online social networks.


The 235th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA, April 6-10, 2008

Using Social Networking Tools to Teach Chemistry

8:30 AM-11:55 AM, Monday, April 7, 2008

Hilton New Orleans Riverside -- Oak Alley, Oral




Dean said...

Hi Gerry,

Interesting presentation. I'd be interested to hear how your outreach program progresses.

Some colleagues and I are analyzing the results of a survey we recently conducted on Facebook and medical libraries. The vast majority of AAHSL libraries (85%) do not have a presence on social networks, and many of our respondents believe that Facebook has no academic application or can't figure out how to use it in a library setting.

Melinda said...

Will you be posting your presentation online?

Gerry said...


Yes. I will post this presentation by mid-April (or so).

Thanks for your interest!


gregory Kelly said...

It would be great to have the audio with the power point.

Hazman Aziz said...

Hi Gerry,

Yups. Instructional librarians could explore this in details. Thanks for sharing. Cos, a couple of librarians has been keep asking me this questions again and again.

But, they still don't have the picture. Anyway, here another link
“Facebook Strategies for the Classroom” to check out and listen.