How to Post So Others Will Listen: Engaging Your Audience Through Social Media
by April Hines, Journalism and Mass Communications Librarian at University of Florida and Maria Atilano, Student Outreach Librarian at University of North Florida
When it comes to social media, libraries are certainly posting, but is anyone listening? How can libraries create engaging content, attract and sustain followers, and create a sense of community among their user groups? In this session, two librarians from different institutions will share how they were able to successfully engage their patrons through multiple social media platforms, resulting in thousands of interactions with a variety of audiences. Attendees will learn to find their social media “voice,” to craft the right message, and to develop a brand that highlights library staff as valuable resources. By utilizing strategic planning, advocacy techniques, and active listening, librarians can create ongoing, impactful relationships with their users. Assessment methods, return on investment, and interpreting results will be discussed, as well as challenges and lessons learned.