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What can you do with a Facebook Page?



My library has a Facebook Page, and I’ve been experimenting with it lately. I have loosely broken down what I’ve done into three sections – Basic Info, Facebook Functionality, and Social Stuff:

Basic Info:

  • photo of the library
  • basic library info, like our address, phone number, and hours of operation
  • shared our website’s URL

Facebook Functionality:

  • YouTube app – showing some recent YouTube videos
  • a couple fan photos of books
  • Facebook fans – 192 of em so far

Social Stuff:

  • RSS feeds – sending my website’s main RSS feed to the Facebook page via Simply RSS (doesn’t appear to be working today – drat)
  • Favorited other Topeka-area Facebook pages (local sports team, the performing arts center, a local church, etc.)
  • I make sure to thank people when they write something on our wall
  • I sent one “Update to Fans” broadcast message – no direct responses, but more people favorited us after the message went out
  • Started one discussion board topic – “What would you like to see here?” (no one has commented on it yet :-)

I also asked my twitter friends for input – what were they doing with Facebook Pages, and what other innovative library Facebook Pages have they found. Here’s what they said:

  • bmljenny – we use the “Blog RSS Feed Reader” app to post our blog feed on our page. Seems to sync OK.
  • sharon370 – I like Purchase College Library’s space on fb – Bookshare, Events, RSS feed from lib blog, OCLC app
  • fabi_k – i like the fb page of the UoM graduate library: http://tinyurl.com/6bw87u – esp. the “ask us” and catalog search feature
  • debrouillard – student program and event advertising mostly
  • amylibrarian – I use facebook to promote the CiteMe application.
  • shelitwits – found it! do you send out event notices or just use the feed to include events? i think sending FB updates to fans helps a bit

Another person said this, via a Facebook message: “One thing I would like to see happen here, is spreading out control of the page. I wish we had someone from each department who would post events and contribute to updating fans. Like, if reference has a new database, they can send out a notice that way … or if reader’s service has a cool new recommendation they can do the same. I would like to see that happen w/ our Myspace page as well. We have WAY more friends on Myspace than FB. We have a bunch of feeds sent to FB, but that only works if our fans are coming to our page.”

Things I still need to add:

  • Library catalog search app (need to talk to my web developer about this)
  • Flickr app – so we can display our Flickr photos in Facebook

What other ideas do you have? Are you doing something cool in Facebook or on a Facebook Page that’s not listed here? Please share!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=547898754&ref=name Eddie

    In answer to Sara Scheib comment above, might I suggest “My Stuff”, SEE
    http://www.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=2352149512&b=&ref=pd_r

    I had the same problem as Sara, and ‘My Stuff’ has worked as a good substitute. SEE
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dublin/Dublin-City-Public-Libraries/9761761153

    cheers!
    Ed

  • http://librarytwopointzero.blogspot.com/ les

    I recently discussed this on my own blog and whether facebook is of any help to libraries.

    See below:-
    http://librarytwopointzero.blogspot.com/2008/11/facebook-in-libraries-can-it-ever.html

    Sorry for blatant self advertising. Could be worst, I could make you all my facebook friends ;)

  • http://librarytwopointzero.blogspot.com les

    I recently discussed this on my own blog and whether facebook is of any help to libraries.

    See below:-
    http://librarytwopointzero.blogspot.com/2008/11/facebook-in-libraries-can-it-ever.html

    Sorry for blatant self advertising. Could be worst, I could make you all my facebook friends ;)

  • http://www.officerepo.com/ Joseph Nilo

    I think Facebook pages are a great place to feature your business or freelance venture. I wrote about some tips regarding fans, advertising, online portfolios in this article: http://www.officerepo.com/?p=28

  • http://www.officerepo.com Joseph Nilo

    I think Facebook pages are a great place to feature your business or freelance venture. I wrote about some tips regarding fans, advertising, online portfolios in this article: http://www.officerepo.com/?p=28

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  • Guus van den Brekel

    Group pages do NOT offer enough functionality and FB PAges DO, including the great option to actually use a kind of Static FaceBook MarkupLanguage (FBML). This looks pretty easy and allows one to embed widgets of all kinds to show web content
    This FBML application AND the Extended Info Application can add a lot of functionality you might be loking for.
    http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/pages/Alliance-Virtual-Library/35213905582
    http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/pages/Groningen/Central-Medical-Library-University-Medical-Center-Groningen/14202168386?ref=ts

  • Guus van den Brekel

    Group pages do NOT offer enough functionality and FB PAges DO, including the great option to actually use a kind of Static FaceBook MarkupLanguage (FBML). This looks pretty easy and allows one to embed widgets of all kinds to show web content
    This FBML application AND the Extended Info Application can add a lot of functionality you might be loking for.
    http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/pages/Alliance-Virtual-Library/35213905582
    http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/pages/Groningen/Central-Medical-Library-University-Medical-Center-Groningen/14202168386?ref=ts

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  • Ken

    It looks like your page doesn’t render properly in IE 6.

  • Ken

    It looks like your page doesn’t render properly in IE 6.

  • davidleeking

    Ken – on the TSCPL Facebook Page? Yep – looks like it’s messed up. That’s a Facebook issue – not much I can do abut that.

  • davidleeking

    Ken – on the TSCPL Facebook Page? Yep – looks like it’s messed up. That’s a Facebook issue – not much I can do abut that.

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  • http://www.muschamp.ca/ Muskie

    I was going to ask if you’ve had any luck with the Flickr integration to a Facebook Fan Page as that is something we (me) want to get working at the non-profit I work for.

    I saw Kaleb’s link so I’ll check this out. I got Flickr integration working to my personal page/profile Flickr has a feature for that now.

  • http://www.muschamp.ca/ Muskie

    I was going to ask if you’ve had any luck with the Flickr integration to a Facebook Fan Page as that is something we (me) want to get working at the non-profit I work for.

    I saw Kaleb’s link so I’ll check this out. I got Flickr integration working to my personal page/profile Flickr has a feature for that now.

  • http://www.sonomalibrary.org/ Genny Engel

    I just launched our Facebook page in late June. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Santa-Rosa-CA/Sonoma-County-Library/94921883722
    Mainly it contains library hours and our news feed.

    One thing I would love to add would be a Facebook version of the WordPress “Today at the Library” plugin I made for our news blog. On the blog, the left sidebar displays today’s events by doing a query of our calendar database.
    http://sonomalibrary.org/news/

    I can’t reach the top of my to-do pile either, though.

  • http://www.sonomalibrary.org Genny Engel

    I just launched our Facebook page in late June. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Santa-Rosa-CA/Sonoma-County-Library/94921883722
    Mainly it contains library hours and our news feed.

    One thing I would love to add would be a Facebook version of the WordPress “Today at the Library” plugin I made for our news blog. On the blog, the left sidebar displays today’s events by doing a query of our calendar database.
    http://sonomalibrary.org/news/

    I can’t reach the top of my to-do pile either, though.

  • David Lee King

    Guus says (via email):

    To Genny Engel (and others):
    You can add the Today at the Library plugin to your page by using the application FBML, and just copy & pasting the source code in there. I have just tried it at one of my boxes in my library page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Groningen/Central-Medical-Library-University-Medical-Center-Groningen/14202168386#/pages/Groningen/Central-Medical-Library-University-Medical-Center-Groningen/14202168386?v=box_3
    Have a look at your plugin at that page.

  • David Lee King

    Guus says (via email):

    To Genny Engel (and others):
    You can add the Today at the Library plugin to your page by using the application FBML, and just copy & pasting the source code in there. I have just tried it at one of my boxes in my library page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Groningen/Central-Medical-Library-University-Medical-Center-Groningen/14202168386#/pages/Groningen/Central-Medical-Library-University-Medical-Center-Groningen/14202168386?v=box_3
    Have a look at your plugin at that page.

  • http://www.facebook.com/wowcity Euliver Dizon

    This is helpful, thanks!

  • http://www.facebook.com/wowcity Euliver Dizon

    This is helpful, thanks!

  • Rosemary

    Yes, it is helpful for our library too.

  • Tiffany E

    It would be nice to be able to put music on my facebook page.

  • http://twitter.com/Ginerbia Ginny Erbe

    I started our library facebook page just over a year ago – we now have almost 600 fans! I post library news and events. I also post our newsletter stories as notes and add lots of photos. I always try to include a link back to our website – that's where all the information's at. The facebook is more of a social, chatty way to interact with our patrons. I plan on starting a facebook book group soon but haven't decided yet on how to actually do that – and what format that will take.
    I started a MySpace and Twitter accounts at the same time as well.
    MySpace isn't doing so well so I admit I don't pay too much attention to it anymore – mostly I just post our newsletter stories to the blog. After a year we only have 31 friends.
    Twitter is coming along nicely with 281, I mostly tweet library events, RT some library related articles, etc. I interact with our followers by answering questions they may have.
    We plan on doing more with YouTube in the near future.
    We have links to our social media sites on our homepage of our website. http://www.rochesterpubliclibrary.org

  • Anonymous

    Bskan pa!

  • Anonymous

    Diri na lugod mauli-uli ha Catbalogan ky tungod nakadaog hi **** ***! Nabuysit na ak, atun na unta adto chance na mbag’o an catb.. But I’m glad Tekwa won his last term.

  • Anonymous

    Diri na lugod mauli-uli ha Catbalogan ky tungod nakadaog hi **** ***! Nabuysit na ak, atun na unta adto chance na mbag’o an catb.. But I’m glad Tekwa won his last term.

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  • Caroline

    Our library is in the process of creating a facebook page, however, there are some reservations about the ads that automatically feed to your page. Do you know if there is a way to remove those from your page or to make sure that ads that go up are appropriate contentwise? Have you ever had any complaints from co-workers or fans about the ads?

  • http://www.davidleeking.com davidleeking

    Hi! You can't really remove the ads, but you can remove a single one, which helps the Facebook ad engine know what's appropriate and not for your page.

    But no – you're stuck with the ads.

  • http://www.DearReader.com Bob Beecher

    We have developed a Facebook application for libraries. First, it lets you get away from the generic tabs like Boxes and Info and use tabs like Catalog, New Books, Calendar etc. Second, it lets you create sub-tabs (buttons) so, for example, under New Books, you could have buttons for Young Adult, Large Print, Audio, Non Fiction, etc. Third, it lets you display RSS feeds, Twitter, portions of existing web pages and all of this content is dynamically updated each time a visitor views it, meaning you can use all of your existing content on Facebook, update it in one place and have it updated automatically on Facebook. For more information visit:
    http://www.supportlibrary.com/nl/path_view.cfm?…

  • http://www.DearReader.com Bob Beecher

    The link to the documentation for Library Features for Facebook is not working in my comment. Here it is again:
    http://www.supportlibrary.com/nl/users/libsampl

  • http://www.DearReader.com Bob Beecher

    My understanding is you cannot remove ads from a Profile page. However, if you use a Business Page instead of a Profile page, your visitors will not see any ads and they do not have to have a facebook account to see the page which they do if you are using a Profile page. Strangely, if you are the owner of the Business page, you will see ads, but not your visitors, even if they are logged into facebook. For more about Profile pages and Business pages go to:
    http://www.supportlibrary.com/nl/users/libsampl

  • http://www.DearReader.com Bob Beecher

    We have developed a Facebook application for libraries. First, it lets you get away from the generic tabs like Boxes and Info and use tabs like Catalog, New Books, Calendar etc. Second, it lets you create sub-tabs (buttons) so, for example, under New Books, you could have buttons for Young Adult, Large Print, Audio, Non Fiction, etc. Third, it lets you display RSS feeds, Twitter, portions of existing web pages and all of this content is dynamically updated each time a visitor views it, meaning you can use all of your existing content on Facebook, update it in one place and have it updated automatically on Facebook. For more information visit:
    http://www.supportlibrary.com/nl/path_view.cfm?…

  • http://www.DearReader.com Bob Beecher

    The link to the documentation for Library Features for Facebook is not working in my comment. Here it is again:
    http://www.supportlibrary.com/nl/users/libsampl

  • http://www.DearReader.com Bob Beecher

    My understanding is you cannot remove ads from a Profile page. However, if you use a Business Page instead of a Profile page, your visitors will not see any ads and they do not have to have a facebook account to see the page which they do if you are using a Profile page. Strangely, if you are the owner of the Business page, you will see ads, but not your visitors, even if they are logged into facebook. For more about Profile pages and Business pages go to:
    http://www.supportlibrary.com/nl/users/libsampl

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  • Pretty_girl

    how can sombody make there own facebook. How can i get it

  • Pretty_girl

    kind of but how can you get it

  • Pretty_girl

    but why now i get it

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  • seamus

    Hi David – thanks for the post. I am in the process of setting up an academic library Facebook page. Should I set it up as an ordinary facebook page or a group page. Any help would be appreciated – Seamus

  • seamus

    Hi David – thanks for the post. I am in the process of setting up an academic library Facebook page. Should I set it up as an ordinary facebook page or a group page. Any help would be appreciated – Seamus