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Facebook Page for MLD

Facebook Page for MLD

The Facebook Page for MLD is now active again.  You can find it at MLD Facebook .  Please tell all of your military library peers and friends about this.


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Thinking of creating a Facebook page for your library? Consider these important details.

This was originally posted on the UNYSLA blog  by Jeremy Cusker and is reposted here with permission.

Many otherwise well-informed, technically savvy librarians can miss important details when it comes to Facebook. This is especially important when librarians consider setting up Facebook pages for their institutions. 

1.) Not everything (perhaps not even most things) you post on Facebook will reach all subscribers. This is especially true for a page with many followers. If your whole experience with Facebook is communicating with friends and family, this fact can take some people by surprise. It simply is not possible for a Facebook page with many, many followers (perhaps more than 50 or 60) to receive every update made to a given page. The sheer volume of data would be unmanageable.

Instead, Facebook’s algorithms determine what makes it through to each user based on a joint consideration of that users’ expressed interests, the nature of the post (see below), and the volume of posts made by your page (also see below).

If you want all posts to be seen by all subscribers, every time, then what you want is either Twitter or a blog with RSS, not Facebook.

2.) It is especially unlikely that your posts will make it through to the majority of users if you do not make regular updates. When deciding whether or not to start up a Facebook page for your library, be advised that for it to work well, it will need to be constantly updated–at least once every day or so. As described above, failure to regularly post content will cause updates to your Facebook page to become that much less likely to make it through to individual users. Facebook’s algorithms will ‘de-privilege’ your updates and posts to appear in the feeds of fewer and fewer of your followers.

3.) If you do not regularly interact with followers who like or comment on your updates, it becomes more unlikely that your posts will make it through to your users. Again, if you are looking for a way to merely make announcements about what is going on in your library, then Facebook is probably not the tool you want. Facebook’s algorithm improves the likelihood of your updates appearing in people’s feeds based not only on how often you update, but on how often you interact with your followers. Do you ‘Like’ their posts? Do you respond to comments?

Again, it bears emphasis: Facebooking is, if not a full-time job, then certainly not a light time commitment.

4.) It’s better to post or re-post things from within Facebook itself than from ‘outside’. Want to pass along an interesting news item to your followers? Go to that news source’s own Facebook page, find that article and cross-post it from there. Facebook consciously de-privileges posts of content that come from sites outside of Facebook itself, making it that much less likely to show up. It does this both because such cross-posts eat up more memory and also because it adds more clicks and fractional revenue to Facebook itself.

5.) Overall, consider what you want your Facebook page to accomplish for your institution and how much effort you want to devote to it. It’s easy to create a Facebook page, hard to keep it going on a daily basis, reaching users. A Facebook page is not a perfect analog for a traditional organizational website, nor as a straightforward means of publicizing news and events. Consider Twitter and/or a traditional site with RSS tagging if those are your goals.


Have questions? Contact Jeremy Cusker at Cornell University Library, jpc27(a)

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Looking for Social Media Contacts in Military Libraries

Are you that special person who energizes the Social Media Arena in your library?  Is it your assignment by design or by default?  Would you like to talk with or share ideas and experiences with other Federal and/or Military Libraries?  If so, then Isabel Lopes is the person at the Naval War College Library who is interested in listening, sharing, and trading ideas. If you want to see her work on Facebook, please:
Visit our Facebook page at:

Afterwards, you can contact Isabel by email (  She would be absolutely delighted to hear from you.  She is enthusiastic, vibrant, innovative, and always looking for new ideas.
Don’t be shy!


Lucille M. Rosa  |   Head, Tech Services Div.
Naval War College Library   |   686 Cushing Rd.   |    Newport, RI 02841
401-841-6492   |   401-841-6562   |   DSN  841-6492

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Report: Social Networking in Government: Opportunities & Challenges, Human Capital Institute, January 2010

From the Executive Summary

Social networking (SN) has become the new online rage. Blogs, wikis, RSS feeds and social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn have provided creative ways to recruit, engage, connect and retain employees. They have also provided an opportunity to facilitate strategic knowledge sharing across organizations and government agencies. Most SN tools are Web-based and provide a variety of ways for users who share interests and/or activities to interact. Users can share best practices and build communities of practice. These tools provide email and instant messaging services — constant connectivity. SN tools can help with the current challenges facing today’s government agencies such as brain drain from a retiring workforce, the need to create inter-agency knowledge sharing and an increased need to imbed talent tools where the work is getting done."

Read the full report.

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