I came across two interesting documents at the Washington Library Council website yesterday. Part of the council’s mission is to support innovation in libraries, and to that end, they award grants for special projects.
Two of the project proposal’s for last year focussed on training and resources for web 2.0 (I prefer social media, so I’ll just stick to that term). Although the nativity of social media happened a long time ago and the term Library 2.0 came about as early as 2005, these are actually the first proposals for encouraging social media use by librarians that I could find at the council.
Its also interesting to note that the Timberland trustees considered social media as late as last year, but decided not to move in that direction:
The Board reviewed the first 10 pages of responses for this meeting. Jodi Reng explained that several of the comments concerned staff wanting to use the computer technology we have such as having blogs, wikis, etc. She explained that we have now done that with the Director’s Blog where she posts her Monday morning memos and the Budget Discussion blog that staff is using to suggest possible cost reductions and ways to increase revenue. After discussion, the Board stated that we need to emphasize that running the libraries is the primary task of our employees and we need to be careful not to use toomuch staff time with technology for its own sake.
That said, there are some nodes in the Timberland Library family (some official, some not) that would qualify as social media. TRL is officially on flickr with comments enabled (share your thoughts over there today!). And, on the main system website, there are some RSS feeds, but you do kind of have to dig for them.
The Friends of the Oakville Library are on facebook, as well as is the campaign to build a new Oakville Library. And, the Friends of the Shelton Library are on Myspace. And, the Friends of the Olympia Library is built on a blog type CMS and they accept comments.
I’m sure I missed something, so please, fill me in if you can.
I’m probably going to end up talking a lot about social media since this is one of the reasons I decided to apply to the board of trustees, so I won’t bore you here. But, I think this is important.