It’s time to face the truth – social media networks are more than just superficial means of social interaction. As we’ve already explored in earlier blog posts, both Twitter and Pinterest are practical and valuable sources of collaboration and work-related inspiration. Can Facebook be just as worthwhile? It’s time to see.
I often see Facebook used as a tool for requesting information. A teacher or librarian friend posts a question (for example, “Does anyone have any good resources related to digital citizenship? or “Teaching a unit on racial profiling – does anyone know of recent articles related to this topic?), and then is able to crowdsource a variety of responses.
Other way I see Facebook being used by librarians/organizations:
- to share resources (article, websites, lessons, resources, etc.)
- to start (or participate in) a dialogue on a particular issue
- to promote (programs, events, movements, conferences, lectures, etc.)
- to showcase (library displays, websites, makerspaces, workshops, etc.)
I used to regard Facebook only as a means of social communication, but it can obviously be so much more than that. It can be a valuable tool for professional learning and networking.
I spent some time today finding some FB pages that would add depth to my P.L.N. Check them out below.
Facebook pages I currently LOVE:
- I Love Libraries
- Remake Learning
- The Digital Shift
- Banned Books Week
- School Library Journal
- American Library Association
- Junior Library Guild
Through surfing some of these pages, I stumbled across some insightful and thought-provoking articles. One article, “The Rise of Bad Infographics“, criticizes the trend of contemporary infographics and is a must-read for those of us who are constantly creating new infographics for our websites or pamphlets. Another article, “For Many Library Visitors, I’m the Only Person They’ve Talked to All Day“, is an important reminder of the social impact library play in our patrons’ lives.
Through a librarian-friend’s Facebook post, I discovered Sync. If you haven’t heard of this yet – you are missing out! Every week until August 17 2016, this site is providing free access to two Y.A. audiobooks. YES – you heard that right – you can download free audiobooks every week!! The site’s mission is dedicated to promoting the concept of audiobooks to teenagers. This week, M.T. Anderson’s Symphony for the City of the Dead and Chris Weitz’s The Young World are available. I just enter in my email address and choose to download these titles to my Overdrive (which I already have so I can borrow books from my local library). Downloads do not delete after a certain amount of time either, so you can take your time listening to these texts.
Sidenote: Have any hesitations about audiobooks? Do you think of it as “cheating”? Check out this article (also a resource I came across through a Facebook post – one by my current professor actually), “Audiobooks: Is listening as good as reading?” by Martha Ross. In it, University of Virginia professor Dan Willingham is quoted saying, “research that breaks down how people learn to process written language suggests that once people master reading, their comprehension is the same, whether they are absorbing printed or narrated texts” (Ross, 2016, para. 16).
Overall, I think Facebook is a beneficial addition to my P.L.N. – “Like”.
Image Source: Huffington Post
For many library visitors, I’m the only person they’ve talked to all day. (2016). The Guardian. Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com/public-leaders-network/2016/feb/06/library-visitors-austerity-job-applications-loneliness
Ross, M. (2016). Audiobooks: Is listening as good as reading? The Mercury News. Retrieved from http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-living/ci_30054295/audiobooks-is-listening-good-reading
Tennant, R. (2016). The rise of bad infographics. The Digital Shift. Retrieved from http://www.thedigitalshift.com/2016/06/roy-tennant-digital-libraries/the-rise-of-bad-infographics/