I’ve been looking at some library myspace accounts lately, notably Steele Creek Library and Denver Public Library’s eVolver Myspace accounts. Both are way cool. Steele Creek, especially, has a nifty background on the page that I think rocks.
And both sites have great content – they both use the blog part of Myspace, so any of their myspace “friends” will be updated on events and new stuff when the libraries decide to update. And both use the Blurbs section for different things: Denver points to their Ask a Librarian service, their teen website, and includes a catalog search interface right in Myspace!
Steele Creek Library includes Youtube videos of library events – which is an amazingly cool way to use Youtube… and Myspace… simultaneously.
Then there’s the usual comments section where kids say stuff like “We heart you for the freinds addy”…
I think both these libraries are really going for it, and getting a lot of mileage out of their myspace accounts. I also think they could go one or two steps further. Denver’s Myspace account includes popular music – some band called Hot IQs plays when you go to the page. But as far as I can tell, Denver Public Library doesn’t own a copy of the CD (it doesn’t show up in their catalog, anyway). You have the option to pick songs on myspace – so why not pick things that teens can check out, and even link from myspace directly to the catalog record? That’d be one cooler, for sure.
My other idea is this – Myspace has two types of accounts: the normal one, and one for musicians/bands. The added benefit of registering as a band? You can upload your original songs to your myspace site for everyone to listen to download to their iPods, etc. Pretty cool for bands.
But wait! Can’t a library be slightly devious, and register as a band? Heck – right now we’re registering as a teenager (ex – Denver Public Library is described as an 18 year old female). So why not register as a band? That way, you can download an audio file (I think up to 4 of them, actually). And what could those files be? How about:
- A compilation of 30-second samples of new music at the library?
- Your hip library podcast on upcoming teen books
- A regular what’s hot at the library podcast
- original music from local bands
This type of thing provides the library with another way to get into your teen’s iPod… which is a good thing!