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INF506 – Module 3: The ‘A to Z of Social Networking for Libraries’

on March 31, 2013

READ the post A to Z of Social Networking for Libraries (22 January, 2010) on the Social Networking for Libraries blog. Consider this advice in terms of a library and information agency that you know (as an employee or user). Select advice from five (5) letters of this A-Z list and consider how these may be applied to this library to help it embrace a Library 2.0 ethos. Write up your findings as a post (of no more than 350 words in your OLJ). 

Brown (2010) uses an A-Z list of letters to embrace a Library 2.0 ethos. 5 letters that I have been associated with and can therefore apply to a library situation are: E – ebooks, B – blogging, N – Nings, S – Slideshare, G – Goodreads.

E-books – The library at my school has introduced ebooks into the library collection at the beginning of 2013. This has been through the application Overdrive. Ebooks are proving to be very popular amongst students and parents. They can be viewed on a range of devices e.g. ipad, ipod. There are plans to expand the collection of ebooks in 2013 and 2014 in order to link the collection to the Australian Curriculum.

Blogging  – Blogging allows for responses and comments from readers of your blog. This proves especially beneficial to students as they gain feedback from readers of all ages around the world, from both a known audience and a not known reader. Blogging allows students to interact and connect with users in an interactive way allowing conversations to take place. WordPress is currently being used as a blogging platform in the library at my school.

Nings – At the Flat Classrooms Conference 2013 in Japan, a Ning was used as the platform for communication during the conference. A Ning is similar to a wiki where users have access to communicate in a shared online space. Resources, conference details, introductions and all communication took place on the conference Ning. A Ning could be a useful tool to introduce for staff to share their professional learning at my new school.

Slideshare – This tool has not been used at my school yet. However I have seen it confidently and seamlessly used by many innovative teachers and students. Slideshare is a useful way to share presentations with an online community and between a range of devices during group presentations.

Goodreads – A free online site for booklovers to share book reviews and current reads. This tool is very user friendly and encourages students to develop their love of reading. The interactive nature of the site allows users to add “friends” and create “groups”. The senior library at my school is currently looking into implementing this tool with senior students. The online engaging nature of the site makes reading fun.


Brown, A. (2010). A to Z of Social Networking for Libraries. Retrieved from


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