6 Facebook Pages Every Librarian Should Follow, Plus 17 Bonus Pages

I stole this idea from the Ten Facebook Pages Every Techie Should Follow to create a list for Libraries and Transliteracy, now I’m using it here for a general list for all librarians.

Let’s get the shameless self-promotion out of the way!

Librarian by Day – the official page for me & this blog. Sure  you can friend me on Facebook, but maybe you don’t want me to see your vacation pictures, or you get annoyed with how much I post, the Librarian by Day Facebook page keeps your private stuff private while connecting you with select posts and links.

Libraries and Transliteracy- the official page of the Libraries and Transliteracy team.

*end shameless self promotion*

On to the nitty gritty!

1. American Library Association – You don’t need to be a dues paying member of ALA to benefit from the stories and information relevant to all libraries they post on Facebook.

2. Webjuction – Webjunction regularly hosts free webinars and conferences like the one coming up this week, Serving the 21st Century Patron, they also share links to other free webinars and resources.

3. Your state and local library association - again you don’t have to pay dues to benefit from the information shared on Facebook and you can do a little online networking too.

4. Library Journal - in addition to their stories (many of which you can read online for free) they also post links to interesting stories around the web.

5. Library Renewal - This is a new project worth keeping an eye on.

Libraries need a new electronic content access and distribution infrastructure! www.libraryrenewal.org Research, advocacy and partnerships that get library users the electronic content they want, when they want it, how they want it…via libraries.

6. Learning Round Table of the American Library Association - the official page of Learn. Part of being a librarian is life-long learning, Learn share great resources to help with your continuing education.

LearnRT will promote quality continuing education for all library personnel, helping you network with other continuing education providers for the exchange of ideas, concerns and solutions. LearnRT will serve as your source for continuing education assistance, publications, materials, training and activities. LearnRT is your advocate for quality library continuing education at both the local and national levels.

Bonus!

Special Interest pages

These are pages have a narrow focus so I wont recommend them to all librarians, but take a look at the ones that might fall within your interests.

CILIP - take a look at what the British are doing.

CILIP is the leading professional body for librarians, information specialists and knowledge managers in the UK.  They provide practical support for members throughout their careers and speak out on behalf of the profession.

Australian Library and Information Association - follow what’s happening down under.

The Australian Library and Information Association [ALIA] is the professional organisation for the Australian library and information services sector.

School Library Journal

School Library Journal (SLJ) is the world’s largest and most authoritative reviewer of children’s and young adult material—from books and audio to video and digital content. In addition to its reviews, SLJ (the magazine, its website, and enewsletters) offers feature stories, news, columns, and departments to help its readers excel in serving children and teens.

ALSC – The Association for Library Service to Children

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. ALSC is changing the way that libraries serve children around the country, from creative programming and best practices to continuing education and professional connections—ALSC members are innovators in the field of children’s library service.

YALSA

For more than 50 years, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has been the world leader in selecting books, videos, and audio books for teens.

LITA

The Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) is the division of the American Library Association that provides the library and information science community a forum for discussion, an environment for learning, and a program for actions on the design, development, and implementation of automated and technological systems in the library and information science field. LITA’s members come from all types of libraries and institutions focusing on information technology in libraries.

LLAMA (Library Leadership & Management Association)

The mission of the Library Leadership and Management Association is to encourage and nurture current and future library leaders, and to develop and promote outstanding leadership and management practices.

PLA

The Public Library Association (PLA), with more than 11,000 members is one of the fastest growing divisions of the American Library Association (ALA), the oldest and largest library association in the world. PLA’s core purpose is to strengthen public libraries and their contribution to the communities they serve.

Reference and User Services Association (RUSA)

Medical Library Association

The Medical Library Association (MLA) is a nonprofit, educational organization with more than 4,000 health sciences information professional members and partners worldwide. MLA provides lifelong educational opportunities, supports a knowledge base of health information research, and works with a global network of partners to promote the importance of quality information for improved health to the health care community and the public.

Special Library Association

The Special Libraries Association (SLA) is a nonprofit global organization for innovative information professionals and their strategic partners.

SLA serves more than 11,000 members in 75 countries in the information profession, including corporate, academic and government information specialists.

SLA promotes and strengthens its members through learning, advocacy, and networking initiatives.

LJ/SLJ Ebook Summit - the summit is long over but they are still posting about issue related to ebooks.

ebooks: Libraries at the Tipping Point will bring together public libraries, academic libraries, and school libraries (K-12) in a day-long virtual conference environment. The day will include keynote presentations and panel discussions on the evolving concept of the book in a
digital world and will keep participants future focused and actively engaged in visioning and assuring an exciting role for libraries.

American Association of School Librarians – technically this is a group, which has a slightly different dynamic than a page.  added 11/30/2010

The mission of the American Association of School Librarians is to advocate excellence, facilitate change, and develop leaders in the school library field.

Outside the Echo Chamber

Gretchin Rubin - author of The Happiness Project. I read this book earlier this year and it started my journey of focusing on happiness. Liking this and similar pages on Facebook helps remind me of my focus.

Literary Tattoos - just for fun. Don’t worry you aren’t required to get one to like the page. :-)

The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project produces reports exploring the impact of the internet on families, communities, work and home, daily life, education, health care, and civic and political life.

I have no doubt pages there are more pages that should be on this list. Leave a comment and let me know I have missed!

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27 comments for “6 Facebook Pages Every Librarian Should Follow, Plus 17 Bonus Pages

  1. November 29, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Great list Bobbi! I would like to add the New Jersey Association of School Librarians Facebook page to this list! http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=132764406809

  2. November 29, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    I think everyone should follow Unbound Booking on facebook. We have a variety of musical library programs, and post ideas about other programs you can offer at the library http://www.facebook.com/unboundbooking

  3. November 29, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Cool post – I love lists! the LJ/SLJ Ebook Summit link doesn’t seem to work though. I don’t mind if you look at my vacation photos btw :)

    • November 29, 2010 at 7:11 pm

      :-)

      Thank you for the heads up on the LJ/SLJ eBook Summit, I’ve corrected it.

  4. November 29, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    6 Facebook Pages Every Librarian Should Follow, Plus 17 Bonus Pages | Librarian by Day http://librarianbyday.net/2010/11/29/6-f

  5. Amanda
    November 29, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Geek the Library is one of my faves! http://www.facebook.com/geekthelibrary

  6. November 29, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Nice list, Bobbi; thanks! I didn’t know about the webjunction conference.

  7. November 29, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    Let me know what pages I missed – 6 Facebook Pages Every Librarian Should Follow, Plus 17 Bonus Pages http://librarianbyday.net/2010/11/29/6-f

    • Used2BNewBooks
      November 29, 2010 at 11:31 pm

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    • verucaspin
      November 29, 2010 at 11:46 pm

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      November 30, 2010 at 2:06 am

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      November 30, 2010 at 8:11 am

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      November 30, 2010 at 9:50 am

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  8. Emma
    November 30, 2010 at 4:12 am

    Great list though perhaps the CILIP bit should have said – “follow what CILIP aren’t doing”. I shall promptly go and follow all of these. Thanks for the heads up.

  9. November 30, 2010 at 9:29 am

    For advocacy, check out Oprah, Libraries Need You! On facebook. We’re starting a campaign to send postcards to Oprah with the hope that she’ll do a show, or two, on the crisis in libraries. Please join, ask for postcards, tell your friends!

  10. November 30, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Sustainable Libraries – focus on making library buildings, and libraries as organizations, sustainable

  11. Sara Kelly Johns
    November 30, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    AASL’s Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/group.php?gid=40407666468 needs to be added to your great list of ALA divisions pages. Thanks for this list; I will share it with my school library grad students!

    • November 30, 2010 at 4:33 pm

      Good catch Sara! I’ll update the post to include it. Thank you!

  12. victor manuel bastos
    November 30, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    Dear Bobbi,
    Very very interesting, indeed. It´s resourcefull. Thks. vbastos

  13. December 21, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Great list though perhaps the CILIP bit should have said – “follow what CILIP aren’t doing”. I shall promptly go and follow all of these. Thanks for the heads up.

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