Overall, I am really glad I took this course. Before the course, my social media experience was mainly limited to Twitter, Facebook, and blogs. I learned how to create a wiki, and that this is actually very easy to do. For some reason, I thought it would be more complicated but anyone can do it, and as I learned doing the final project, wikis can be useful for group work. I also didn’t know how easy it was to create a map mash-up.
I’m not sure how much I will use tagging and bookmarking. I have not logged in to my Delicious account since I created. It seems fun and I can see it having some purpose but right now it is just something else to log in to. I don’t bookmark a lot of websites, so I don’t have much trouble keeping track of the ones I use most frequently. I like tags for my own use but I don’t really like seeing other people’s tags. Sometimes it can be interesting to see what tags someone gave a site but it can look really cluttered if there are too many tags. I also don’t have any use for QR codes at this time as I do not have a smartphone.
I see social media as another way for libraries to promote themselves. Libraries of all types must be where there users are, and sites like Facebook and Twitter can be good ways to reach them. That being said, the assignments in this course demonstrated that just having a social media presence is not enough. There needs to be some purpose to it and it must be updated and maintained properly, with some kind of policy in place. Each library must decide which tools to use and why. I do think this course will be useful for me when I begin my job search. In my co-op interviews, many of the employers asked about social media, so I know firsthand it is something potential employers will be looking for. The weekly assignments were a great way to get us actually using the social media tools we were reading about, such as tagging sites in Delicious, using TweetDeck or editing a Wikipedia page. For me, that was the most useful and most interesting part of the course.