Social Media to support library users
The Library uses Social Media to create and share information relevant to the work of the Trust and enable users to comment and share information via these social media platforms.
This sharing of information, and interacting with other users, can help information to be disseminated to interested individuals wherever they are and create online communities of collaboration and trust. The focus and use of these social media sites are outlined below.
The main Social Media tools used by the Library are:
tapchat, taviiskills and staffpublicationsonline are the Library’s Twitter sites. Library staff do not tweet their own views on any subject on any of these sites. The sites are monitored regularly to ensure that they are not being misused in any way and there are 4 named Librarians who tweet on these sites. There is no minimum or maximum specified number of tweets posted in a 24 hour period.
The main focus for tweeting:
- Library News
- New Books
- News from other trusted websites that is relevant to the users of the library service
- Retweets from sites that the library follows
- I’skills News and Information
- Evolving Digital Literacies for students and staff at the Trust
- Evolving Digital Technologies for libraries and educators at the Trust
- New entries on Staff Publications Online – The Trust’s Open Access Repository
- Relevant Open Access Repository News
The Library uses Blogger to encourage user interaction through online discussions and information sharing.
We have also adapted Blogger as a multimedia information platform for our Subject Guides. These guides are a current snapshot of information in specific subject areas and are not intended to be a definitive coverage of these subject areas. Included are blogs, videos, podcasts, newsreels, scholarly articles from PsycINFO and Google Scholar and current articles from journals. New information is being fed onto the pages hourly, daily or weekly. Three Librarians are responsible for this service and these Blogs are monitored regularly for any untoward postings or comments.
The Library used Facebook to communicate with its users. We do not post any confidential information and monitor all posts by users.
Pinterest is a pin board style social image sharing website that the library uses to showcase the New Books that are purchased and also the new additions to Staff Publications Online. Members of Pinterest can re-pin our pins which they do frequently, but they cannot edit any of our material, only library staff who are logged can do this. At the moment 3 named members of staff use Pinterest.
The Library uses Pearltrees to organise and share relevant useful websites with our users, including our own Library presentations. We have re-named it Library rated Websites. We do not put any confidential information in any of the materials that we post onto TaPtrees and two named members of the staff are responsible for adding material to the site.
Some Library staff have joined Linkedin and tend to use it to keep in touch with other professionals both in the field of Psychotherapeutic Studies and Library and Information Science. At the moment we do not market it to our users.
Using Social Media Legally
While social media is an excellent tool for tutors and students in higher education it is important to be aware of the often complex legal issues which can arise from its use, particularly in the areas of copyright and data protection/e-privacy.
The library recommends tutors and students read the following guidance carefully before using social media as a learning tool for their studies at the Trust.
The opinions expressed in our blogs, Tweets and Facebook posts by contributors and those commenting, are those of the individual, and in no way represent the views of The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. Similarly, opinions expressed in other publications, whether electronic or print, by contributors or those commenting in no way represent the views of The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.
For more information about copyright please consult the library’s dedicated copyright page.