While many libraries have wholeheartedly embraced social media platforms
to promote their programs and communicate with patrons, most of those
platforms consist of the traditional giants like Facebook, Twitter, and
Instagram. Reddit, also known as “the front page of the internet,” is an
incredibly popular web forum–with thousands of sub-forums
(“subreddits”) for any topic you can think of–and many of your local
community members of all ages are on there reading news, browsing, and
engaging with content.
While anyone can post anonymously on Reddit, another community-oriented
website, NextDoor, allows verified neighbors in defined geographic
regions to discuss real-time happenings specific to their neighborhoods.
Libraries have a unique opportunity to connect with their users on
these platforms, and two library tech enthusiasts will explain why you
should, and how to get started!
Presented by Lauren Dodd, Reference and Instruction Librarian at
Harris County Public Library - Lone Star College CyFair Branch (Cypress,
TX) and Jason Massey, Libary Technical Assistant at Waller County
Library (Hempstead, TX).
Original air date: March 27, 2019
Last reviewed: January 3, 2020
1 CE hour (CPE eligible for Texas educators)