Librarians' Use of Images on LibGuides and Other Social Media Platforms

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This study compared the use of librarians' profile images across Web platforms designed for librarian-patron communication. The primary focus was LibGuides profiles at a peer group of Association of Research Libraries institutions. Librarians are currently using a variety of options, including professional head shots, casual head shots, other photos, alternate images, avatars, and no image. Where possible, results were also analyzed by gender. For a smaller selection of libraries, LibGuides photos were compared with Facebook photos to see if different images were used for a professional versus a personal social media setting. This research was done in December 2010 and duplicated in May 2012 to track changes over time. The later study also reviews profile images for the smaller selection of libraries in LinkedIn and ALA Connect. The findings provide a baseline for further comparative research, could also inform individual librarians' image choices based on patterns among their peers, and gives the profession a starting point for discussions about the types of images librarians use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)272-291
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Web Librarianship
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Library and Information Sciences


  • Facebook
  • LibGuides
  • LinkedIn
  • gender differences
  • librarians
  • library instruction
  • online communication
  • profile images
  • social media


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