June 12, 2008
Facebook for Academic Law Libraries
A academic law library Facebook page will not replace library websites or even library blogs but if your content is portable a Facebook destination might be a useful additional way to communicate with law school students. In About Facebook; Change at the social-networking juggernaut creates new opportunities for law library outreach, Spectrum (April 2008) (pdf) Duke's Jennifer Behrens discusses the use of Facebook pages and offers useful suggestions for marketing them.
In my mind the key to success for a Facebook site is data-portability -- create content once, distribute to multiple web destinations -- while also creating a unique social dynamic taking advantage of Facebook features. Check out Behrens' directory of law library Facebook pages for examples.
Hat tip to Bonnie Shucha, WisBlawg (and congratulations on WisBlawg's fourth anniversary!) [JH]
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