Library in Facebook, forget it…


Anecdotally, it seems that you’re wasting your time making Facebook apps for your library because that isn’t where the users are…at least not in Norway.

I was visiting relatives and I noted that the local newspaper “Avisa Sør-Trøndelag” had an interesting column called “3 på siste” (Three on the back page), where three people are asked to respond to a topical question. This Wednsday’s question was “Do you use Facebook?”

The three respondents — all of who appear to be over 14 years of age, but none of whom are over 21 — responded in the following ways:

  • Respondent 1: No, I don’t have a Facebook account, but I have a Nettby account
  • Respondent 2: No, I don’t; it’s too advanced for me
  • Respondent 3: I haven’t bothered to create a Facebook account, Nettby is enough.

My first response was “What is Nettby?” OK, I’m getting old.

Note to self based on the responses: if we’re planning to make the library visible by being where the students are, we have to realize that the students we need to be aiming for are those that will be at university by the time we’ve finished implementing our systems. Goodbye Facebook, Hello Nettby. On the other hand, maybe we just need to stop fooling ourselves: most people aren’t using social networking sites for research purposes, and if they do, they get reprimanded.

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