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Managing Social Media in Libraries by Troy Swanson

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Leadership: big ideas do not have to be that big

Abstract:

Social media tools can be leadership tools. By advancing topics of interest to the local community, offering support for local initiatives, and promoting library services to better the community, library staff members can extend themselves into the lives and activities of their users. Kouzes and Posner (2007) describe the practices of successful leaders: model the way, inspire a shared vision, challenge the process, enable others to act, and encourage the heart—practices which can also be applied to social media. These tools can play a role in transforming librarianship itself to answer R. David Lankes’ call for “new librarianship.” Libraries are not about collections or buildings ...

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