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VU Library Studies ICTWEB201 – 2018

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Today we talked about what makes social media “social”. Some of our key points are in the image below. We decided the main features of social media are the ability to share and comment, accessibility, creativity and the opportunity to provide feedback from readers. What do you think? Comment below.



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Different ways libraries use a variety of social media tools and link to at least 3 different social media accounts from Australian libraries. Provide information on why these library related organisation choose to have a number of different social media account and what are the strengths of the different platforms.


The Vic State Library uses Youtube, Facebook and Twitter to update current events.  Library users can ask questions and be able to get live time help and responses.  YouTube is great to be able to upload videos.



The National Library uses Facebook, YouTube and Twitter to notify the library user about news, relevant items from our collection and events.


Hobsons Bay Libraries reaches out to the community by using Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to visually highlight items from our collection, exhibitions, events and interesting activities.


Outlines any negative aspects of including social media functionality within a website and why an organisation such as a library might choose not to do this.

Negative use of social media could include:

  • conducting private business
  • using discriminatory, defamatory, abusive or otherwise objectionable language in content
  • accessing, downloading or transmitting any kind of  explicit material, violent images including graphic images of blood or gore (without medical purpose)
  • accessing, downloading or transmitting information on the use and construction of weapons, explosives and other tools of violence or terrorism
  • accessing, downloading or transmitting any material
  • compromising the privacy of any person
  • using services for personal political purpose
  • attempting to gain unauthorised access to the computing resources of other organisations
  • disruption of the integrity of the Library’s data or information services.

Outlines any negative aspects of including social media functionality within a website and why.

A False Sense of Connection

Social media sites can make it more difficult for us to distinguish between the meaningful relationships we foster in the real world, and the numerous casual relationships formed through social media.


The immediacy provided by social media is available to predators as well as friends. Kids especially are vulnerable to the practice of cyber-bullying in which the perpetrators, even posing as people their victims trust.

Decreased Productivity

While many businesses use social networking sites to find and communicate with clients, the sites can also prove a great distraction to employees who may show more interest in what their friends are posting than in their work tasks.


Social networking sites encourage people to be more public about their personal lives. Because intimate details of our lives can be posted so easily, users are prone to bypass the filters they might normally employ when talking about their private lives.

Why organisation such as a library would choose to integrate social media functionality into their website

Social media is playing an increasingly vital role in the Library efficiently and effectively achieving its strategic goals. Consequently we face a growing challenge in resourcing and supporting a rapidly growing suite of communications channels, the need for rapid and ongoing staff up skilling and ongoing pressure to respond quickly and adapt to changing trends in the communications landscape.