Thursday, December 12, 2013


The revolution of new media and its interruption in information and knowledge management forced libraries to move one step beyond that and accept other media apart from print: audio recordings, video tapes, DVDs etc. until we arrived to THE major revolution with the internet and online resources.

Nowadays a significant amount of information is stored not only in articles or books, but blogposts, or even tweets that can change the meaning of whatever that matters in the world at that moment. In the past, knowledge was stored in voluminous Encyclopaedias, books, newspapers, magazines etc. Now, you only need a quick tweet, or a blog post, or even better a video in YouTube.

How do we offer this information to our users? Can they retrieve it through our Social Media Discovery tool? Could your users find Barak Obama’s tweets in your catalog? Or Barak Obama’s website, or videos as a part of a search? Do you think this would be useful for them?

Well, we think that “Yes! It really would be”. We also believe that this is the natural evolution of library services. Our users as well as our community researchers are using social media more and more to communicate and spread information abroad, and libraries, as information providers need to be capable of offering this content to everyone who trusts them by using their catalogs.
Wouldn’t it be great if all the content that our community members produce via social media were part of your primo results page? Imagine that blogposts, tweets, YouTube videos and so much more could be part of your catalog as additional records, just as printed material or online resources are.

You can do all this now with Social Media Discovery 

We’ve developed this powerful tool with your users and your library in mind. We wanted to improve library services, to help libraries and librarians move forward at the same pace that information and technology moves. With Social Media Discovery you can easily integrate all the content that you think is of your institution’s interest to your discovery tool results page, so your users will retrieve it as another record, or entry of your resources.

It’s easy to integrate, easy to use, and a key feature that will differentiate your catalog from others.

Where can I get it?
  1. Sign up for your annual subscription with Greendata:
  2. Download and install the SMD extension from the Google Chrome Web Store or the Add-ons Firefox page, whichever you prefer.
  3. Configure

How does it work?

1.  Visit a website which you think is relevant for your institution's users, for instance Barak Obama’s twitter page.

2.   Click the Social Media Discovery icon next to the navigation bar. Check and change the fields according to your criteria and click Save Record.

3.  That's it! The record is saved in the Social Media Discovery service. You can publish, unpublish, edit and delete the saved records from the Records page. 

4. Now, you only have to wait till the indexing is finished to find it in your results page:

Wednesday, December 11, 2013


Interview with Lidia Bartolome, librarian at  Lloret de Mar Library

The Lloret de Mar Library has experience in managing virtual reading clubs as they manage a Facebook group, Bibliolloret, which works pretty well and aims to be a relaxed group of comments. ReadGroups has helped them to manage these clubs more efficiently and to reach more users.

They organized their first virtual reading club from their Facebook group, which consisted of a one-hour monthly meeting to discuss scheduled readings in advance.

One of the advantages of virtual reading clubs such as ReadGroups, is that they offer the opportunity to prepare comments before you share them, of course a great benefit for the more shy users. However, the biggest benefit would definitely be the possibility to participate at any time within the period the reading is open.
Lloret de Mar Library team

"When we had the opportunity to use ReadGroupssome of the regular users continued following us. The experience has beevery positiveHaving an organized platform to navigate is a great advantage in comparison with the chaos of organizing a virtual meeting in a Facebook group. It has also allowed us to monitor the comments and to give the participants a more freedom to participate whenever they want. " Says Lidia, Librarian at Lloret de Mar Library.

"In additionReadGroups has allowed us to reach people who were not involved in our previous reading club. People who do not usually move in social networks, Catalan students, etc, she adds". When asked what the main difficulties she faces when managing reading groupsLidia tells us that developing quality programming is not always easy because, they are often catregorized by people and their interests. This then makes offlinereading discussions very difficult to moderate.

She also adds that it is common to find different kinds of people in the same group, for example,very shy people who don't like to speak in public and extroverts who overwhelm and monopolize the sessionsThese differences make it very difficult to go in depth with the reading and comments.

Even though Lloret de Mar Library is focused on new technologies, Lidia stresses that reading meetings and virtual reading clubs are two different concepts aimed at different user profiles. Reading meetings are, to some extent, a socializing tools for people who have free time. For some users, the fact of meeting once a month with a group of people is more important than the activity itself.

Virtual reading clubs, however, attract readers with little time or incompatible work schedules to the library’s activities.