The Social Library — 2013

Did the social library begin with using social media to promote library content, or was it about networking with peers in different locations? Regardless, the channels increased, the tools proliferated, and social began to take on a whole new form.

Social as a means to communicate, create and connect. Though we can only scratch the surface of social here, I’d like to explore interesting trends and share useful tips. Altmetrics is a burgeoning field trying to take the measure of social in terms of impact, while my interview with Mendeley’s William Gunn examines social in relation to research networks and discovery.

Librarians are also under pressure to manage and deliver social content. Librarians from University of Surrey, Cincinnati State Technical & Community College, and De La Salle University offer practical advice.

With this issue, let’s get content under control and venture into other realms of the social library.