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Public Libraries using Social Media

Public Libraries using Social Media

Four libraries in our county will be closing by the end of this month due to pending budget cuts.

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is moving forward with preparations for the closing of four libraries due to the pending 45.5 percent budget cut proposed by Mecklenburg County.

Charlotte will still have plenty of branches open, however, this is still a terrible thing for any county. I never thought I would hear about libraries closing. Why I can remember going to our local library every summer to get books and take part in the summer reading challenge. Once summer I even read 100 books and got a special library card, which celebrated 100 years of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

In a News Release that went out last week, the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County (PLCMC) discussed the closings and what they have been working on to save other libraries. Advocates can check out the PLCMC’s CALL TO ACTION page for ways to get involved.

One area that the PLCMC has been reaching many advocates and citizens concerned about the future of our libraries is through social media. That’s right, even the public libraries are using social media today! The aforementioned News Release ends with the following:

For more information about the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, visit our website at http://www.cmlibrary.org. Also look for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube.

If you visit the PLCMC’s Facebook page, you’ll find almost 4,000 fans and a message to “KEEP LIBRARY FUNDING INTACT!” While 4,000 fans is excellent, Charlotteans better spread the word to the other 683,000+ people in our city who have yet to ‘like’ the PLCMC.

Keep up the great work though, PLCMC! And keep using your social media channels to reach more people who like to read!


Social Media STATS

Erik Qualman‘s update of his excellent “Social Media Revolution” video includes some great stats, especially for business-owners debating on whether or not they need to get involved with social media.

For example…

34% of bloggers post opinions about products & brands.

Do you like what they are saying about your brand? You better.

People care more about how their social graph ranks products and services than how Google ranks them.

78% of consumers trust peer recommendations. Only 14% trust advertisements.

Check out the updated “Social Media Revolution 2 (Refresh)”:

We don’t have a choice on whether we DO social media, the question is how well we DO it.

Inspiration + Humor = Christiaan Van Vuuren

Earlier today I stumbled upon Chris Hardwick’s Twitter profile, which then lead me to his blog site, The Nerdest. While scrolling through Chris’s posts I came across “The Quarantine Song”, about an Australian bloke named Christiaan Van Vuuren who has dubbed himself the Fully Sick Rapper. After reading his story and finding out more about Christiaan, I had to post about his situation; not only because of his creative videos on YouTube, but because this guy is using social networking to reach out to the world he is currently unable to be a part of.

Check out his first video below, then find him on all the social networks in the links above…

What an impressive and creative way to cope with a situation like this! I’m subscribed to and following all of Christiaan’s social networks now and am looking forward to keeping up with his progress… And I can’t wait to see more videos by him!

*March 24 is World TB Day! For more information about TB, check out http://www.worldtbday.org