[Asis-l] Digital Reference in Facebook | Best of Both Worlds

Gerry Mckiernan gerrymck at iastate.edu
Tue May 15 18:16:20 EDT 2007


I recently created (yet) another Global Group in Facebook called 
_Digital Reference in Facebook_

_Digital Reference in Facebook_ is an umbrella group devoted to digital
reference services that offer a companion Facebook site and is available

[ http://iastate.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2406828163 ]

We welcome all who are involved with such services as well as those who
have any interest.

 !!! Please visit the group site and join !!! 


I wish to thank Pamala J. Doffek, Librarian | Goldstein Library |
College of Information | Florida State University | for The Inspiration
for this Group and for the HeadsUp on a Most Fascinating project in

The Best of Both Worlds: Chat Reference and MySpace 

Ask a Librarian targets teens with MySpace page

Students have information access at their fingertips

TAMPA, Fla. (March 14, 2007) - The Ask a Librarian program is embracing
a growing trend by creating its own MySpace page. The program has been
successful since its inception in 2002, and now program administrators
hope to take it to the next level by offering MySpace users easy access
to information.

Ask a Librarian is a free online service that allows users to chat live
with a librarian for immediate assistance with research projects,
homework, reports, or just general questions. The service is available
to anybody, but it tends to be most valuable to high school and college
students, which make up the largest group of users. Because Ask a
Librarian is so beneficial to students, program administrators decided
to make it even more accessible to them by creating a MySpace page.

*Ask a Librarian is such a valuable resource, but not enough students
are aware of it,* said Diana Sachs-Silveira, Virtual Reference Manager
for the Tampa Bay Library Consortium, one of the founding organizations
of Ask a Librarian. *Since we*re trying to target our services to
students, and millions of students already have their own MySpace pages,
it just makes sense to try to reach them in a format they*re
comfortable and familiar with.*


[ http://www.askalibrarian.org/info/AskaLibrarianMySpaceNR.html ]


Gerry McKiernan
Science and Technology Librarian
Iowa State University Library
Ames IA 5011


Iowa: Where the Tall Corn Flows and the (North)West Wind Blows

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