Social Media: Adding New Wings for Promotion to Shanghai University Library

LIU, Hua and ZHANG, Jiao and LI, Hongpei and ZHOU, Yue and LU, Ming (2016) Social Media: Adding New Wings for Promotion to Shanghai University Library. Paper presented at: IFLA WLIC 2016 – Columbus, OH – Connections. Collaboration. Community in Session 222 - Knowledge Management.

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Abstract

Social Media: Adding New Wings for Promotion to Shanghai University Library

As the most popular social media in China today, WeChat brings powerful opportunities as well as challenges to academic libraries. This paper describes a case study that how Shanghai University Library implemented a WeChat app for promoting library services. The results show the benefits that the WeChat app brings to the end users with more convenient, easy and quick access to library collections and other services. It also brings the benefits to the Library through creating a new channel for branding and marketing, managing online competitions and exhibitions. The results demonstrate that WeChat has become a new powerful platform for marketing library services and providing online references. It has become a mobile library on users’ palms, an important channel for library to maintain relationship with patrons. And it appears as a new growth pole for library innovation.

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