Wednesday, December 11, 2013

READGROUPS E-XPERIENCE : LLORET DE MAR LIBRARY CASE

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.

1 comment:

  1. Most of the blogs pretend themselves as most usable and updated blogs with new information but sometime truth might different. I want to share some facts related to this subject which will help people to enhance their skills.opleiding ondernemer

    ReplyDelete