Is your library using Facebook’s new hashtags? Facebook announced last week that it has implemented clickable hashtags to increase social dialogue. Hashtags facilitate conversations by making it easier to view, compare, and participate in what everyone else is talking about.
Most libraries use Facebook to engage and establish relationships with their users. The new hashtag functionality will make it easier to target the right followers and help them join the literary community.
Facebook users can be encouraged to visit #storytime, leave a #bookreview, or to check out this week’s #bestsellers. It is a great way to interact with the community and to promote library events. Make sure to use hashtags for the unique or well-known services your library provides to the community. If you have a #universitybookexchange or #townfilmnight at your library, you can highlight them with your community or library name to ensure your users can find the information they need.
A 2012 report of the American Library Association entitled The 2012 State of America’s Libraries explained how the use of social networking is advantageous to libraries:
Social networking is used to publicize library events such as gaming nights; to alert users to additions to collections; to provide links to articles, videos, or Web content that might prove relevant or helpful to patrons; and to provide a conduit for community information. Social media also play an important role in fostering relationships with the community by allowing patrons to ask questions or provide feedback about library services.
If you want to increase your library’s profile in your community, consider SirsiDynix’s Social Library tool which enables your users to search, place holds, view, and discuss library materials without ever leaving Facebook. Social Library gives you an opportunity to increase registration and circulation by encouraging and simplifying participation—meet your users where they are.
The Utah Council for Worksite Health Promotion (UCWHP) recently recognized SirsiDynix for its efforts to advocate health and wellness in the work place. We received a Silver Award for taking good care of our employees! Why is it so important that the people who work here are happy and healthy? Because happy, healthy employees help us provide the “Best Library User Experience” for every person associated with our company.
We are especially proud of this achievement because SirsiDynix is the only software company recognized by UCWHP this year. Among the list of the 37 recognized companies, 14 are government agencies and an additional 15 are in the health and wellness industry.
“Providing a healthy environment for our employees is one of our highest priorities,” said Carolyn Campbell, our Global Human Resources Manager. “We really work hard to help them feel good about coming to work each day.”
Here are just a few of our BLUE health initiatives:
We’re pleased to announce the release of Service Pack 1 for Horizon 7.5.2. Service Pack 1 features enhancements and fixes our Horizon libraries have identified as especially important; each enhancement or fix was designed to make work easier for Horizon library staff (we know that many of you will be especially excited about the HIP PIN Reset). We'd like to thank each of the librarians and library staff members who contributed their insights and experience to this release.
For a full list of enhancements and fixes, see the Horizon 7.5.2 Service Pack 1 release notes in the SirsiDynix Support Center. For an overview of some of the most notable enhancements, see below:
In conjunction with Service Pack 1 for Horizon 7.5.2, we’re releasing Horizon Web Services 1.4. This version of Horizon Web Services contains enhancements and updates designed to support the new features in Service Pack 1. See the Horizon Web Services 1.4 release notes or the updated Horizon Web Services Reference Guide on the SirsiDynix Support Portal for more info, or see the summary of new features below:
Horizon Web Services 1.4 can be installed on any system running HIP 3.23 and Horizon 7.5.2 Service Pack 1 or later.