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The Social Library: Integrating Social Networking into Library Reference Services

The Social Library: Integrating Social Networking into Library Reference Services
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Author(s): Ganiyu Ojo Adigun (Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Nigeria), Adebayo Muritala Adegbore (University of Ibadan, Nigeria) and Halimah Odunayo Amuda (Fountain University, Nigeria)
Copyright: 2015
Pages: 15
Source title: Social Media Strategies for Dynamic Library Service Development
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Adeyinka Tella (University of Ilorin, Nigeria)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-7415-8.ch008

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Abstract

This chapter discusses how to transform libraries into a social library by integrating social networking tools into library reference services. Social networking/media tools enable Reference Librarians to communicate, network, and share documents with many library clients regardless of location, and at little or no expense. Reference Librarians can build relationships and keep up to date with library clients. Social networking media, however, open up new forms of collaboration that are not so bounded by time, place, and access to funding. This chapter looks at the following: needs and purpose of reference services, social responsibility of library, social networking in library reference services, challenges and prospects of integrating social networking into reference services, social media platforms, and ways to improve the use of social networking in library reference services in the future.

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