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The Library Accepts Your Friend Request

Facebooking, friending, becoming a fan – it’s all terminology for the 21st century and the social networking explosion. Admit it, you most likely have a Facebook account or know of friends who have one. You and yours regularly update your status on everything from a wonderful vacation or time spent with friends to aggravations with traffic or annoyances with work. You can count among your fan pages those of your favorite athletes, restaurants, bands, movies and even things like laughing, sarcasm and sleeping in on the weekends.

Exterior of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress, Washington D.C. Photo by Lisa Whittle. Reproduction Information: Reproduction information not available.“Mrs. Edwards & Frl. Kussin” is just one of many historic images on Flickr. Between 1910 and 1915. Prints and Photographs Division. Reproduction Information: Reproduction No.: LC-DIG-ggbain-10178 (digital file from original neg.); Call No.: LC-B2- 2371-13[P&P] Catalog Record: http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ggbain.10178

Now you can show the Library a little love—by becoming a fan of our new official Facebook page. A pretty basic set of tabs and features includes a wall for Library and fans alike and an events tab if you’re ever in the neighborhood.

In addition to Facebook, the Library is also active on Flickr, YouTube, Twitter and iTunes U.

Library blogger Matt Raymond goes on to explain the work that goes into such initiatives in a blog post about this venture. In addition to various rules of the road that must apply to government, there is also a dedicated group of people to see that the Library “drives safely” to get the institution where it needs to be.

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