Vancouver Public Library (@VPL)

09Apr12

Vancouver Public Library Interior Courtyard
Image by Brandon Godfrey on Flickr
The Vancouver Public Library (@VPL), like the other Public Libraries examined so far, has a fairly diverse use of its Twitter feed. Much like the GVPL, there is a certain amount of individual interaction, and much like the RDPL they use it to highlight features of the library or catalogue, both old and new. One recurring monthly tweet is for new subject headings in the catalogue, for example a recent April 2nd post read “New catalogue subject headings this month: military morale, team roping, social problems in mass media, iCloud, introduced birds”.

Aside from all these uses, I find that VPL manages to situate itself in the larger world better than most library Twitter feeds I’ve encountered. They are not so focused on things going on within the library, but provide connections for their users/followers to related things in the outside world. On March 15 one tweet read “Do you enjoy dystopian YA fiction? This article from The Telegraph may interest you. http://ow.ly/9GdRv“. This makes a lot of sense, to be directing followers to readings and articles around the web (and world) that are related to what library users might be interested in, but are not specifically about the library.

Many of these outside links VPL provides are to local papers and happenings around the city. On April 2nd they tweeted the following, “Check out this very neat “Cancouver” exhibit. The fourth pic from the end is a Library Square made entirely from cans! http://is.gd/pqFyZx“. Having followed VPL on Twitter for some time, the overall feed does give a sense of the library being a part of the larger city. This is something the RDPL hinted at, but VPL does quite successfully. To me it demonstrates someone behind the feed who is quite comfortable using the medium, but it also makes it feel more genuine overall and less like incessant self-promotion.

The VPL homepage has a “Connect with VPL” section with links to a number of social media tools. It displays the most recent tweet, much the way the GVPL does, but this one is midway down the page like the RDPL, and worked right into the main content of the page rather than in the sidebar. All of which means it’s fairly easy to find.

The VPL feed is one that I followed previous to embarking on this project, and I intend to continue to do so.

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