The Role of Social Media in Libraries

The Role of Social Media in Libraries

Rachel Ronke Ojo (University of South Africa, South Africa)
Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 14
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-7415-8.ch004
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Abstract

This chapter assesses the role of social media in libraries. Looking at some literature on the topic, the chapter conducts a survey on some articles that have been written on it and then draws conclusions based on the findings of those papers. The chapter also looks at the various facets of social media, as well as the benefits and challenges faced by social media in libraries. The conclusions drawn in this chapter are as a result of the survey of articles relevant to the topic. Various solutions to overcome the challenges faced by the use of social media in libraries are suggested.
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Library And Social Media

According to the Oxford Dictionary, a library can be defined as a building or room where books, periodicals, and sometimes films and recorded music are kept for the purpose of being borrowed by the public or the members of an institution, for example, a university library. The Macmillan dictionary defines a library as a place where books, documents, CDs and the like are available for people to look at or borrow.

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