The University of Delaware Library announces its Facebook page where students can obtain information on library events, exhibitions, and building hours. They can also begin their research using DELCAT or WorldCat Local. The Facebook page was created in an increased effort to reach students.
“Social networking sites such as Facebook have become a major way of communicating on college campuses,” observed Carol Rudisell, Librarian in the Reference Department, who was in charge of the Library Facebook project. “Students visit the sites not only to catch up with their friends, but also to learn about campus events, join University groups, and engage with faculty and other community members.”
The new Library Facebook page has a variety of tools to help students gain access to important Library information. Visitors can access “Ask a Librarian,” an option that lets the user send questions via instant messaging (IM) to reference librarians. The page also features video tutorials, clips from the 2008 Student Multimedia Design Center video contest, and historic photographs in Flickr. A discussion board permits Facebook visitors to communicate with staff about library-related issues. The page complements other virtual services that the Library offers students, such as chat reference, text messages, and email.Students and others can search for the University of Delaware Library when next in Facebook, and become a Fan, or visit the University of Delaware Library on Facebook at [www.facebook.com/udlibrary].