After an intense three weeks preparing lectures (more like book talks on multiple picture books) on children’s literature genres, grading papers, listening to presentations and developing an online exam, I am back.
The article distinguishing between Facebook pages and groups was useful. My library doesn’t have a Facebook page, but perhaps we should think about developing one. I’m a fan of 20 pages, including a few libraries and other education-related places.
As for groups, I already belonged to a few (Librarians and Facebook, Library 2.0 Interest Group, Libraries and Librarians, for example), but found a few more to join: UNT-SLIS Unite!, where I went to library school, and a couple for my K-8 Catholic school in Houston (about to celebrate its 45th anniversary). There’s a potential problem with groups right there; people will often start them not realizing another group for the same thing already exists.
I’m also part of a closed group: my small (125) Houston Catholic girls’ high school class has a group, partly for planning for our 35th reunion next year. The administrator said, “I have made this a private group … to prevent professional alumni businesses from getting our class list. If you know any other Class of 75 members on Facebook, just have them contact me and I will let them in the group.” I think that’s a good idea.
I’ve enjoyed looking at the various reunion and other class photos posted on some of these group pages, and trying to figure out who is who!