This unit has been a necessary shove in a direction I had not felt compelled to go. I suppose that must be a little how libraries too have experienced the arrival of information technology and the social media explosion/invasion.
As we all seem to have concluded in our own way – libraries are of course all about information so it only seems fitting really that they should embrace all forms of it. Discovering how many different ways of communicating there are has been an eye opener and I’m still dubious it means people are communicating any better. The fact is people rely on electronic devices nowadays and so the currency and convenience of social networking and the net has come to be expected.
Information overload is surely one of the pitfalls of all this ‘communication’ but at the same time there is a lot of stimulating, educational and inspirational ‘stuff’ to be found out there via library websites (not that a good novel, reference book or artwork couldn’t have the same effect!).
Good on libraries for moving along with the times and reinventing themselves. There’s no likelihood of them dying now as how could anyone on social media miss them! Good for us who hope to work in a library and help attract and support information seekers.
I have enjoyed the push into a world I’d only stepped around before. Finding out what on earth all those weird symbols are that pop up everywhere has been a good. About time to demystify the wifi. (!?!)
The visual sites particularly interest me such as Flickr. I didn’t find many libraries using Instagram. I’ve had a curiosity about Pinterest for a while so have joined up and with no shortage of images out there will now embark on gradually filling my empty board.