Use of Social Media in Libraries: Prospects and Challenges

Regina Ejiro Eniekebi and Sandra Ejiro Ukubenyinje
Keywords: Social Networking, Library Services, Digital Environment, Social media
Journal of Inter-Disciplinary Studies on Contemporary Issues 2019 5(1/2), 137-147. Published: June 14, 2022


Abstract

The developments in Web technology are creating friendlier, social, and fun environments for retrieving and sharing information and one of such is social media networking websites. It has been observed, however, that despite the benefits of social networking sites, only a few libraries use them to render services to their users, resulting in limited user patronage and response. To address these problems of limited use of social media, this paper focuses on increasing awareness of the usefulness of SNSs to libraries. It also addressed the significance of SNSs, their effect on library facilities in the digital environment in particular, the characteristics and kinds of SNSs accessible to consumers.