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Follow a nTreePoint posting from “start to finish”. Use the 8 medical calculators for Ipod as the example.nTreePoint – an interface we are all familiar with; used to display our news, events and electronic newsletters on our web site and for our clients; generates an RSS feed; show the post you are following.RSS2Twitter – is a third party free tool which allows you to set 4 rss feeds to send to a twitter account.Twitter – the post from nTreePoint in the Twitter environment; show the RT @ we received for that post from a follower; exclaim on the potential of connecting to our community.Social RSS – takes the same RSS feeds from nTreePoint and displays them this time on our Facebook page.Facebook page – show how the original nTreePoint looks. Not pretty but it works and allows people to “like” and comment if they wish.Show the potential of Posterous.Posterous – display the page and describe what we are using it for (Renovations!) and why we chose that tool (E-mail!).Gmail – show how simple it is to post using your e-mail and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and then demonstrate how it could be edited before being passed on. If possible show the posting you created in Twitter and in Facebook.
Social Networking at the University of Manitoba Health Sciences Libraries
Social networking at the UMHSL<br />Connecting with and informing our clients.<br />
Agenda<br />Why social network?<br />Social networking sites<br />Looking dynamic with little or no effort<br />Technogeekery (or how it is all connected)<br />Problems<br />Where can people find us?<br />Next steps<br />
Why social network?<br />Branding / marketing / promoting the library<br />Being useful to our patrons in the places where they “live”<br />Understanding our users better<br />Connecting with clients<br />Getting feedback from clients & responding<br />
Being social<br />What should we be posting?<br />Promoting library events<br />Promoting library services<br />Linking to new resources<br />Links to articles, videos, web sites of interest<br />Solicit feedback / polls<br />New additions to collection<br />Marketing<br />Answer questions<br />
Social networking sites<br />Facebook<br />Large number of staff using this site<br />Anecdotal evidence that clients are using our computers to access Facebook.<br />Had a UMHSL Facebook Group already<br />Twitter<br />Lots of buzz about Twitter in the news media<br />Lots of buzz in the library literature about the usefulness of this site.<br />Little anecdotal evidence to suggest our clients are using it.<br />
Social networking sites<br />Flickr<br />Photo archive for UMHSL.<br />Delicious<br />Possible way to improve link maintenance on our pages.<br />Still working out some kinks.<br />Posterous<br />Can post from your e-mail and it will autopost to a “blog” and a variety of social networking sites.<br />Idea that we might use this site to highlight our renovations.<br />
Looking dynamic (with no effort)<br />Problem with social networking sites is the staff time to maintain them, HOWEVER …<br />Almost constant stream of news and events from nTreePoint sections:<br />Health Sciences Libraries – News<br />Health Sciences Libraries – Events<br />Info-RX<br />Info-RN<br />Capitalize on this and use the RSS feeds to populate social networking sites.<br />
Why?<br />To see if we can.<br />To establish a UMHSL presence where our clients “live”.<br />We think that people would appreciate receiving the kind of news and events we offer in another venue.<br />
Technogeekery<br />nTreePoint RSS feeds third party applications which in turn feed Facebook and Twitter<br />RSS2Twitter<br />Social RSS<br />Posterous feeds:<br />Twitter<br />Facebook page<br />Flickr<br />
How it all works<br />nTreePoint<br />Posterous<br />Twitter<br />RSS2Twitter<br />RSS<br />Facebook Page<br />Social RSS<br />Flickr<br />
Sit back relax and enjoy the ride!<br />Demonstration!<br />
nTreePoint!<br />Not social but still usefulhttp://myuminfo.umanitoba.ca/index.asp?sec=488<br />
Twitter<br />http://twitter.com/healthlibrary/<br />What?<br />Library events<br />Links to articles, videos of interest<br />Solicit feedback<br />New additions to collection<br />Marketing<br />Answer questions<br />
Problems<br />Events RSS feed – displays based on publication date not on event date. <br />Investigate using YahooPipes! to mash the feed into submission.<br />Social RSS – Facebook page – formatting is not pretty.<br />Look at other third party apps to see if they can do any better.<br />What do we do with Delicious?<br />
Delicious<br />Could feed links into Facebook page<br />Have concerns about number of links … would this be annoying?<br />Could feed selected links to Twitter<br />
Where can people find us?<br />Twitterhttp://twitter.com/healthlibrary/<br />Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/pages/Winnipeg-MB/University-of-Manitoba-Health-Sciences-Libraries/98627719719<br />Posteroushttp://umhsl.posterous.com/<br />Flickrhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/umhsl/<br />Delicioushttp://delicious.com/healthlibrary/<br />Log in information available at the NJMHSL reference desk<br />
Next steps<br />Promote our presence.<br /><ul><li>Establish monitoring and updating procedures.</li></ul>Evaluate our effect or the utility of our presence on these sites.<br />Consider offering a UMHSL presence on other social networking sites (MySpace; jUMp)<br />Additional considerations?<br />