Library Social Media Guidelines

Looking for inspiration on creating your library’s social media guidelines? Check out the ones posted at David Lee King’s website:

My library recently created a set of social media guidelines for staff. There are two parts to these guidelines: Guidelines for social media teams: we take a team-based approach to our social media…

RESOURCE: Social Media Guidelines for Staff | David Lee King


ALA Releases National Policy Agenda for Libraries


Via Library Journal: “ALA’s Policy Agenda for Libraries was released today as the 2015 ALA Annual Conference gets underway in San Francisco. The full text document is available here. A four page executive summary is also available.”

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Source: ALA Releases National Policy Agenda for Libraries | LJ INFOdocket


Libraries, what’s your Twitter Response Strategy?

Many libraries have already jumped on the social media bandwagon, and library staff will tell you that they do have a Twitter account to help them reach out to their customers. Uses of Twitter vary from library to library, but concerns over formal procedures come out in queries to list-servs, friends and blog posts.

Does your library have a Twitter Response Strategy? Odds are that you do, you probably just didn’t know it. A Twitter Response Strategy is your approach on how and when you are going to respond to comments and direct messages via Twitter. And, for libraries, you often have to add on steps to comply with your state’s open records policies too.

From a customer service and interaction standpoint, you need to think of things like: Do you send a DM to everyone that follows you when they first sign up to follow you? Do you thank all RTs (retweets)? Do you acknowledge all Follow Friday mentions? These are decisions you’re going to have to make as you move forward.

From an open records standpoint, I’m going to point you to your city, county or other organizational legal counsel to give you feedback on anything you may need to do to be in compliance with Open Records for you. Maybe your library isn’t subject to those rules, in which case I’m jealous, but many many libraries are.

If you need to get started on a formal Twitter Response Strategy, American Express’ Open Forum has good guidelines to walk you through the process:

  1. Decide what you’re going to respond to. Examples, Direct @ reply questions, @ mentions of your brand, people talking about your brand name, etc.
  2. Response speed matters.
  3. Know when to DM and when to publicly reply.
  4. Set guidelines, but also trust your community managers.
  5. Listen to your community.

Check out the entire post for some great info on each of these items. It will walk you through some of the decisions you need to make as you look into how to approach your Twitter responses.


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