May 2013, Volume 5, Issue 5
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National Library Legislative Day
Children's Book Week
May 30– June 1, Javits Center, New York City
ALA 2013 Annual Conference & Exhibition
June 27– July 2, Chicago, Illinois
SD Festival of Books
Sept. 20-22, Deadwood
Tri-Conference: NDLA, MPLA, SDLA 2013
The Library: All Travelers Welcome
Sept. 25-27, Sioux Falls
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face2face by David Lee King
Reviewed by Jane Healy
David Lee King, digital services director at the Topeka & Shawnee County (KS) Public Library, is a guru of social media and technology trends in libraries. His years of experience and writing style make reading this book feel like a relaxed conversation with an expert.
King's purpose in this book is to help libraries maintain the human touch to the extent possible online. He points out the need for libraries to engage patrons by allowing and encouraging comments on blogs and Facebook posts. He gives sample comment policies to help librarians write their own. King recommends posting images, and he gives advice on doing so appropriately. He recommends sharing your passion without getting personal and inviting people to respond. Besides posting, keep the library’s profile information current and thorough. By being active online, your library creates a community similar to the physical community it has developed for walk-in patrons.
The book gives lots of specifics about photo and video use, individual online tools, the importance of listening, how to respond to critics, how to begin library online communication and how to measure success.
An appendix of referenced websites and social media services and an index increase the book’s value.
This book is easy to read, and its concepts are easy to apply, whether your library’s online presence is brand new or has been around awhile.
This, and other books about social media, are available from the State Library. Links to "RACE: Tune In, Turn On, Get Social" and "RACE: Tune In, Turn On, Get Social, Part 3" webinars are on the RACE webinar page.