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, opens in a new windowtaviiskills and opens in a new windowstaffpublicationsonline are the Library’s Twitter sites.  Library staff never tweet their own views or any of the Trust, 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 3 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 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 opens in a new window 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.


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 library recommends tutors and students read the following guidance developed by the universities of Leeds, York and Manchester, who have worked together, and with their students, to produce an interactive guide to social media.


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 opens in a new windowdedicated copyright page.

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