So as I had stated in my Promoting page I manage the Facebook page for my current library position. I enjoy it greatly and love creating a source for students in finding materials and updates on the library. One thing that has been on my mind is the new Facebook timeline and will it affect how the business Facebook page works for patrons. There has not been much word on whether the timeline will transgress into business pages. The reason why I mention it is because I feel that the look will make business pages confusing. I am not necessarily a fan of the new timeline with the exception of the display of the picture. I feel that is a creative way of creating a fun look for your page. The bigger picture can be a nice picture of the library, or some of the materials and what not. The smaller picture can be of something relevant to the library or a manipulative that we may have for the students.However, the rest of the page is a scramble of items. I am curious how this will be for other libraries. Right now I mostly work with younger generations, academics, students that are in the education field. Public libraries work with many different generations and teaching a whole new method of Facebook I am sure will be challenging. But I am curious if the new look with either be appealing to patrons or confusing.
The main objective of a library maintaining a library page is to promote itself, reach out to patrons and be up to date with the community it serves. Its a great way to promote events and I personally feel that the new flow of posts on the timeline Facebook is not user friendly and can really confuse a patron. This is of course a matter of opinion and I know that patrons can of course visit the main webpage, however, the purpose of using Facebook is be right there with the patron. Its one less step that the patron has to make online ( kind of like a one stop shop).
I am curious if other librarians have thought about this and whether it will affect the usage. Its important to have other media outlets like twitter and such to promote. Our patrons are literally everywhere it seems. But this was just something I have been thinking about and curious how it will take shape.
“A library’s function is to give the public in the quickest and cheapeast way information, inspiration, and recreation. If a better way than the book can be found, we should use it.”