One of the first projects I tackled after starting the Systems Librarian job at Pollak Library was giving the library a more visible presence on Facebook.
The library already had a fledgling Facebook Group in place when I came on board, but I’ve never been a big fan of Facebook Groups, particularly since the big redesign on Facebook Pages. Groups use more of a “pull” rather than a “push” approach to disseminating information, whereas Pages use the opposite approach because of their ability to show up in Fan members’ Wall feed.
About six weeks ago, I completed the “soft launch” of Pollak Library’s Facebook Page, while still tinkering around with the features this past month and a half. Today, after tackling a highly irksome problem with our Status feed (which I will blog about later, giving credit to another helpful librarian), I am quite happy to announce our “official” launch.
I hope our new Facebook Page will be useful to Cal State Fullerton students, faculty, and staff… as well as to the Facebook community in general.
One of the features I like best about our Page is the embedded chat widget– powered by LibraryH3lp — that will connect you with a Pollak Library reference librarian whenever you need research assistance.
Other nifty little features — powered by Involver — include:
- The latest feeds from our library blog (see the News tab).
- Our latest library Tweets (see the Twitter tab).
- Our YouTube videos, embedded into the page for easy viewing (see the YouTube tab).
We don’t have a vanity URL for our Page yet — we’re not eligible until we have at least 100 Fans. So please become a Fan!.
If you’re thinking about, or struggling with, setting up a Facebook Page for your organization, I highly recommend that you view the excellent video tutorial by David Lee King.