Social Media in the Library

It is no surprise that the quickest dissemination of information today can be attributed to the widespread use of social media. The Bellevue University Library is no stranger to the world of social media. However, it may surprise you that our postings are not strictly academic. We use social media at the library to inform our patrons about upcoming events, tips and tricks, national holidays, current library displays, and (of course) a wide range of educational topics.

Make sure to follow us on all of our social media accounts!

Pinterest: One of the most creative forms of social media is Pinterest. This platform allows users to follow the Library and see boards on every topic from “Avid Animal Readers” to “Student Life Hacks” and more! The Library currently has 67,700 monthly viewers on Pinterest.

Blog: The Library’s blog is called “Facts From the Stacks” and covers a wide range of topics with articles written by the Library staff. The blog regularly receives over 1,000 page views per month. Recent articles have covered subjects such as “Making the Most of Your Time: Planning Ahead for Library Research” and “National Parks and Recreation Month.” Select articles from the More Than Books newsletter also make an appearance on the blog.

Instagram: From “Shark Awareness Day” to “New Book Alerts,” our Instagram account is sure to keep you entertained. Posts here are picture-focused and often focus on just one library-related topic at a time. The Library currently has 424 followers on Instagram.

Podcast: Available via iTunes, the “More Than Books” podcast has released 37 episodes covering everything from “Movie Night” to “Tech Trends for 2019.” Published bi-monthly, each episode features staff members discussing a topic related to literature, libraries, technology, pop culture, and more.

Facebook: Our newest form of social media is Facebook! We are excited to connect with our patrons on a platform that makes sharing information about events and resources so easy. Currently the Library has 106 followers on Facebook. Keep an eye out on our page to learn about upcoming events and Library news.

We hope that the use of social media not only allows easy communication with students, faculty, and staff, but also goes beyond just marketing and promotion. We want to encourage collaboration with our patrons and engage those who might not have found these resources in other ways.

Originally posted in the Freeman/Lozier Library’s quarterly newsletter, More Than BooksV. 22 No. 4, Fall 2019.

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