Our school now has a Facebook page! Despite the title of this post with the facetious “other duties as assigned” (the often included catch-all in a list of duties in a job description), my communications committee and I initiated the drive to get a Facebook page for our school and we are really excited.
The Road to Facebook: Be Careful What You Ask For!
The communications committee is an all encompassing group which serves as our library media center committee, but we also are in charge of the school newsletter, news item submissions to the district, etc. At our fall meeting we bemoaned the fact that our school’s website had been eliminated when the district’s website moved to a new server. The district has contracted with a company which will provide hosting services and a template for each individual school’s website, but we had no clear date for that to happen.
We wished we could have a school Facebook page as we saw that as an effective way to communicate with parents. Not all of our families have internet at home, but nearly all have cell phones. Parents are more likely to already be on Facebook than to think, “I wonder what’s new at school; let me go check the website” (no wait, there is no school website at this time!?!). So, deciding to go about things through the proper channels, I contacted our public information officer (who is newish on the job and more up-to-date on social media than his predecessor) to see what the district’s policy on Facebook was.
Lo and behold that topic was to be discussed at the upcoming school board meeting. Long story short, the board approved a social media policy. And even more helpfully, each school’s FB administrator’s would have their IP address unblocked so that we can work on the school FB account at school.
Library Media Specialist: a Great Fit as the Facebook Administrator
Library media specialists generally don’t need another thing added to their plate, but being the Facebook administrator for your school is really an important and great opportunity. Who else has the overview of what’s happening at your school? Who else is technologically savvy enough to do a good job? Who else is up on social media?
I’ve always been the unofficial/official photographer of the school anyway, so this is an additional way to use the photos I’m taking. Facebook is another means to spread the word about what’s occuring at our school not only to parents but to the wider community. We are not a zoned school, so we rely on parents choosing to enroll their children at our school. Facebook will be another recruitment tool for us.
So, despite the many, many things I am required to do each day, posting on Facebook will be a task that I can accomplish fairly quickly. Sometimes I need to be able to do one thing, one positive, fun, quick thing and think, “Check. Got that done.” So tomorrow (and for several more days), as I try and run down missing assets from our recent asset inventory (entailing endless emails, phone calls, and room checks), it will be a pleasure to document our students being engaged with technology on their new tablets or some other educational activity!