6 thoughts on “Social Networking Page at Yale Science Libraries”

  1. Wow – I love it! A quick question – did you have to go through a bunch of committees to do this – or do you have the power just to get on with things? I’m trying to convince the powers that be here of the positives of just trying things out…

  2. I’m considering a similar page for our small, departmental library, but I don’t expect that many local users (researchers in the life sciences) will appreciate the idea.

    Joe, what kind of feedback are you getting from faculty and graduate students?

  3. Thanks Jenny!
    We are in the fortunate position of being able to locally approve these things. I did of course need permission from my boss and built it in consultation with the rest of the science librarians. But a similar system-wide page would face much more stringent controls. We had to consider the goals of the page and how it could best enhance our services, aesthetics and consistency with out web presence, how to fit the content into our CSS, and how to display the information (we toned down the visuals by removing the myspace badge and the larger FB badge). Also, we chose to not use the flash badge because many campus comps do not have the latest flash etc.

    A trickier permissions issue has been adding badges, widgets, and buttons to our pages. We often need to (or assume we need to as these policies are not always in place yet) go through our systems department to make sure we are adding safe and appropriate codes.

    My advice for talking to your powers that be – emphasize how it will enhance your existing services and access to them. I’d be curious to see what you discover in this process.


  4. Jere –
    We are getting positive feedback and good usage of these services and this page. The science, especially the life sciences seem to have adopted social networks quite enthusiastically so I think it is worthwhile for your library. You never know till you try. Maybe another approach would work better for this: addressing social networks as an increasingly important set of information systems that libraries should provide access to and assistance with. What do you think?

    Let me know if you build similar pages and we can share best practices!

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