Online Communities

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Success Stories

Tips for Developing Online Communities

Thoughts About Online Communities in Libraries

Great Examples of Libraries Creating Online Communities for Their Patrons


Forums and Listservs

Online Book Clubs


Posts are tagged with one or more categories so that each post can be in more than one blog (for example "teens" and "events" or "kids" and "audio".

On all of these blogs, the AADL has chosen to leave comments open, which has led to some interesting online discussions between the library staff and their patrons. Technological changes, the website's redesign, and library construction plans have inspired many comments -- some positive, some negative, but all useful. One item about the library's system to e-mail due date notices on books ended up with 25 comments while a post about gaming tournaments ended up with over 60 comments! This is a great model that could be used in other libraries. Blogs are a fantastic tool for disseminating information to patrons, but it is also a great tool for soliciting useful feedback from patrons if a library is willing to allow and encourage patron comments. This is a great way to develop an online community and a better relationship with your patrons!


Flickr,, Furl, and other social software

Instant Messaging

Great Examples of Online Communities Among Librarians

General Online Communities





Blogs and Websites to Watch

Specific Blog Posts, Articles, and Presentations