November 29, 2015

Libraries on Google+


Google’s popular social networking site, Google+, was launched in June of this year, and has since built up a membership of more than 40 million users. But only earlier this month did Google begin allowing organizations, and not just individuals, to create their own pages on the site. In the past few weeks, dozens of libraries have created Google+ pages, from large public libraries such as the New York Public Library, to smaller, tech-savvy ones like Darien Library, CT, and Skokie Public Library, IL. Several academic libraries have staked out Google+ pages, as well.

Similar pages on Google+’s primary competitor, Facebook, have been a key element of libraries’ social networking strategies for years. For example, Multnomah County Library, OR, held a popular event earlier this year using Facebook for readers’ advisory.

Library bloggers David Lee King and Joe Murphy both recently posted step-by-step guides to creating Google+ library pages, which are worth a look.

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On October 14, 2015 Library Journal, School Library Journal, and thousands of library professionals from around the world gathered for the 6th annual Digital Shift virtual conference to focus on the challenges and opportunities presented by the digital transition’s impact on libraries, their communities, and partners. Now available on-demand, this year’s program provides actionable answers to some of the biggest questions our profession faces for and from libraries of all types – school, academic, and public and features thought-provoking keynotes from John Palfrey, author of BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google, and Denise Jacobs, tech leader, author, and creativity evangelist.
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