Friday, February 6, 2015

From ALA to Zuckerberg: Librarian Facebook Groups

Are you on Facebook? Do you know of all of the library Facebook Groups that you can join and instantly connect with hundreds, in some cases thousands (and in one particular group over 10,000) other librarians?

No? Well, have no fear! The 5 Minute Librarian has compiled some of the top groups in many different areas of public librarianship. This list is no where complete (it is really hard to find these groups without knowing someone who is in them), so please post in the comments any additional groups to be included on this list!

Also note that I did not include any regional groups since they would only apply to a small number of readers, but local groups are out there! Look up your colleagues and see what groups they are part of - that may be the easiest way to find them.

ALA Graphic Novels & Comics in Libraries MIG
American Library Association's Group dedicated to Graphic Novels & Comic Books! Also find us on ALA Connect:
1,515 members

ALA Think Tank
Librarians! Social media's space for them! We #makeithappen and #partyhard TOGETHER! We>Me DISCLAIMER: WHILE we love the American Library Association, we are IN NO WAY affiliated with them. ALA, in our case, stands for "Awesome Librarians Associated" because everyone here is awesome. You do NOT need to be an American Library Association member to be here. You don't even need to be American!
21,650 members

Bossy Librarians
This group came out of an ALA 2013 presentation on NextGen library leadership. We decided more needs to be done for NextGen library managers. This will be a closed group, but keep staff privacy issues in mind. Post your management successes and troubles so we all can learn!
882 members

Business Librarians
This group is dedicated to informing librarians with reference and research specialties in all aspects of business and finance of new developments and trends in business librarianship. We welcome business librarians (academic, public, corporate, etc), adjunct members like vendors of business-related research materials, and librarians of all sorts who just want to learn a little more about business research.
437 members

Collection Development Support
A place to ask for collection development suggestions and support.
413 members

Digital Librarians & Developers In the Stacks
A lab for digital librarian developers—a place where new tech products and services for libraries and communities, media and publishing, are created and innovated—and a space for discussion. This is also our informal pool of librarian developer contractors we will go to when we need to hire for short-term, freelance, contract work. Thanks for allowing us to add you :)
269 members

eLearning in Libraries
This is a group for anyone who is interested in developing e-learning for library purposes. We will share ideas and engage in discussion about e-learning. Public, academic, school, and special library staff are all encouraged to join. E-learning can include screencasts, tutorials, videos, and any other training delivered in an online format, and may be for library staff or patrons.
1,157 members

Elementary Librarian Exchange
Please share but keep it elementary library oriented!
-ideas you use in your library
-issues you need help with concerning your library
-elementary book reviews
-your library's website/Facebook page/blog/Pinterest/social media/TPT page
-products you love for your library
-contests/grants related to libraries
-lesson plan links to help with library lessons
-technology ideas
-classroom collaboration ideas
31 members

Flannel Friday
Welcome to Flannel Friday's Facebook page! FF is a non-profit* international group of librarians and educators working together to share quality beyond-the-book experiences for children.
2,652 members

ILLers; a FB Group For Interlibrary Loan Librarians
This is a place where you can post anything related to the libraries' resource sharing activities.
673 members

IFLA - LSN, Library Services to People with Special Needs
The Section for Library Services to People with Special Needs provides an international forum for the discussion of ideas, sharing of experiences and development of tools designed to promote and improve the effectiveness of library and information services to special needs groups, and the promotion of national and international cooperation at all levels.
2,178 members

Intellectual Freedom Fighters
The Intellectual Freedom Fighters (IFF) want to get Intellectual Freedom issues on the minds, hearts, and tongues of the wider library community. We want to inform you about these issues and provoke tough conversations. We intend to create change in the wider library world. The IFF is an outgrowth of the ever-vigilant ALA Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT), which has been protecting your freedoms since 1973. [...] The IFF Group is here to get the whole library community thinking about Intellectual Freedom questions. We all face difficult issues and scary situations sometime, let's face them together. Comments are eagerly solicited, although uncivil or off topic posts may be deleted.
New Group! 58 members

League of Librarian Gamers - for Librarians who Play
A group for librarians who play games of all kinds - board games, card games, RPGs, video games, tabletop games, Magic: the Gathering, miniatures, dice games, classic games. If you're a Librarian, and you play games, join this group!
1,649 members

Librarian Memes
NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH LIBERTARIAN MEMES This is a group for sharing all your library, school, and learning memes! Invite your friends!
2,188 members

Librarians in the Northwest
A virtual meeting ground for librarians and library professionals in the Pacific Northwest interested in talking about how to #makeithappen in their library spaces.
1,274 members

Libraries & Information Technology: Making FarmVille Work Better
A place for those who work in public & academic library IT departments to network & share advice. This is a closed group, so feel free to be candid.
188 members

Libraries & Social Media
This is a group for anyone working professionally in social media for their library, or those curious about what it's like.
6,863 members

Libraries Step Up (in times of crisis)
Our mission is to kick ass and save the day, library-style. We're a centralized location for collecting and disseminating information about urgent political or natural disasters' effects on libraries and library services.
524 members

Library Cons and Fests
A group for libraries and librarians to share information related to holding conventions and festivals of all kinds, from book fairs to comic cons.
313 members

Library Coffee Shop Talk
Enjoy your hot beverage and enjoy a light virtual conversation with other library minded folks.
762 members

Library Communications Conference
Library Communications Conference Group - join in the conversation about issues related to library outreach and communications. The Library Communications Conference connects marketing, public relations, special events, fundraising, outreach, and program development professionals for public and academic libraries.
590 members

Library Employee Support Network
A place where librarians can gather and talk about abusive workplaces anonymously and safely and also get support and advice from colleagues. Email LESN.share and admin will post your comments anonymously. *OR* You can post from our anonymous Facebook account (ask one of the admins for the password).
3,424 members

Library Entrepreneurship & Maker Services
More and more, libraries are becoming places of active, connected learning. We have also stepped up to the plate to help the jobless and career-changers in our communities rejoin the workforce. This group is where we will be discussing new ways that libraries can support makers, job hunters, the business-curious, freelancers, career changers, builders, startups, entrepreneurs, and existing businesses. Let's make business and maker support as visible as storytime. Library Entrepreneurship & Maker Services is an official Member Interest Group of the American Library Association: Visual resources are being collected here:
1,440 members

Library Marketing and Outreach
Library Marketing and Outreach is an Interest Group of the Association of College & Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association. Please share ideas and events from your libraries! This group is for:
- Sharing ideas, resources, websites, software, etc. to help us market our libraries and their services. Emphasis on FREE or low cost resources!
- Show off the work you do: your success stories and your failures, ask for help from others, and plan for local meet ups in your state to exchange ideas!
2,535 members

Library Management Group
This group is for topics related to library management- supervising, programming, budgets, advocacy, outreach, etc. Feel free to ask for advice, start a conversation, or rant. Though this is intended to be a safe environment, please be careful when discussing sensitive personnel matters. No sales pitches, advertising, bullying, harassment, or any other obnoxious behaviors will be tolerated.
1,260 members

Library Pokémon GO Support #PokeLibrary
Support for libraries who are experimenting with Pokémon GO programming and outreach. What to share here: your program ideas, your publicity samples, your event photos, news and commentary, funny memes appropriate for use on social media, research and analysis, trends you notice,and anything else you think might be helpful.
946 members

Library Professionals
A forum for sharing ideas and information around the future of libraries around the world.
1,529 members

Library Related People
This is a Facebook group that welcomes all library related people. If you work in any library related capacity, intend to do so, or are plain interested we want you!
3,297 members

LibraryAware Lab
Let's talk and share the library advocacy and marketing challenges and successes. Here we can ask each other questions and get a little more information so we can get to better solutions. LibraryAware Lab is a place to discuss, share, collaborate, and learn about what works and what doesn't work.
1,242 members

MakerSpaces and the Participatory Library
An open space for collaboration and sharing about MakerSpaces, digital media labs, and participatory/community spaces in libraries. Let's share ideas, failures, successes, and resources!
4,204 members

Massachusetts Library Association Fans
Connect with members of the Massachusetts Library Association. Cheer library successes and innovations. Advocate for adequate funding for libraries.
624 members

Minecraft in Libraries
The purpose of this group is to share thoughts, ideas and tips about hosting a Minecraft server in a public library setting. One of the biggest tricks is to have a great group of administrators who are dedicated to making sure that the server remains a positive community that is welcoming to one and all.
571 members

Museums + Libraries
A forum for library & museum professionals to exchange ideas & be all up in each other's business. John Cotton Dana is our mascot. Cross-pollination is our jam.
695 members

Music Librarians
453 members

Outside the Lines
Outside the Lines is a weeklong celebration – Sept. 13-19, 2015 – demonstrating the creativity and innovation happening in libraries. Participating in Outside the Lines? This is a place to share ideas for events, campaigns and guerrilla marketing tactics for this fall's celebration of libraries. Inspiration, suggestions and questions welcome! Find out more at
1,116 members

Paging America: Advocate for Your Public Library!
How do you support your public library? Let us count the ways! Share your advocacy tips, tools and genius ideas with library advocates and patrons around the world.
512 members

Programming Librarian Interest Group
To bring together all types of librarians interested in public programming for their patrons. Programming is an intrinsically essential library service. The Programming Librarian Interest Group helps librarians advocate for programming at their own institutions, share program ideas and successful strategies, and provides a space for professional development by librarians who do programming officially and unofficially as part of their job duties. The group is also be a vehicle for ALA members to connect more dynamically with ALA’s Public Programming Office.
6,343 members

R-Squared Risktakers
The R-Squared Risktakers group is a place to share how you've put your ideas from #rsq12 into practice. Share risks, challenges, triumphs and creative ideas. Whether you were at the conference or just love disrupting conventions, this is a place for free exchange.
310 members

RDA Cafe
RDA Cafe is a group for library and information science students, and professional librarians and catalogers, as well as, anyone interested in and working with Resource Description and Access (RDA). It’s a place to discuss RDA and topics of current interest pertaining to cataloging and description of bibliographic data, as well as, to share resources, and get the latest news. This is an unofficial group, and it is not owned by JSC for Development of RDA.
1,721 members

Readers' Advisory for Library Staff
For when someone asks you about a book they can't remember the title of, you're trying to find a read-a-like of something of which you've never heard, or you just want a recommendation for what to read next. Questions about other forms of media are also welcome!

REFORMA Think Tank
Welcome to the REFORMA Think Tank. REFORMA is the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking. In this space, librarians, community members, and activists who serve the Latino and Spanish speaking communities in the United States and beyond will be able to share ideas, recommendations, and benchmarks to support each other in providing better services to our communities.
556 members

The Shareable Clique
A Facebook Group for libraries and book lovers to share their viral content that can be reshared on other Facebook accounts. What works well at your library that may work well at other libraries? Share your successes, increase your outreach, and help other libraries build their audiences!
1,490 members

Solo Librarians Network
Solo librarians (and librarians who work in small libraries) can come here to share ideas and engage in discussion. Librarians in any sort of institution (public, academic, school, corporate) are welcome!
319 members

Storytime Underground
Storytime Underground is a collective of youth services librarians and professionals who firmly believe literacy is not a luxury. Our mission is threefold: We support each other; we promote each other; and we train each other.
7,325 members

Storytimes And More on the Go
A place for Children's librarians and staff who conduct outreach to come together and share ideas. Outreach is and has become so much more than just storytime for many libraries. Reaching out into our communities and letting them know what's available to them is such a valuable tool for all libraries. We are on Pinterest ~ ~ and on Twitter ~ ~ Please follow us!
1,341 members

Tattooed Librarians
For librarians with tattoos!
1,320 members

Technology Training and Libraries
A resource for technology training for staff and the public. This is a place where ideas and resources can be shared.
2,671 members

Teen Librarians
Welcome! This is a space for library workers to share ideas about serving the teens in their community.
2,185 members

Teen Services Underground
Our mission is to support, promote, advocate, and build a community space to highlight the importance of teen services in minding the gap. We know how hard teen services can be and we want to help!
2,680 members

Teen Think Tank
837 members

Troublesome Catalogers and Magical Metadata Fairies
A place for catalogers, metadata librarians, and those who admire them. Grab your wands and raise some Hell. ;c)
2,925 members

WordPress and Librarians
This group is for librarians using WordPress.
1,397 members

Zine Librarians
A group to talk about zine librarianship! How to build a collection, how to catalogue zines, how to organize zine events, and more! All zine librarians and archivists are welcome: academic, digital, DIY, public, school, volunteer, etc.
263 members

Special thanks to Patrick Sweeney, Laura Hollister, and Austin Stroud for their help in compiling the original list! Additional groups have been added which were recommended on the repost of this article in MakingItHappen.

Note: Member numbers have been updated to September 26, 2016. Please check back later for any updates! Inactive groups will be removed yearly.

Remember -- sharing is caring! If you join a new group due to this list, please tweet, email, or post about this blog post. It'll warm my little librarian heart that the hours I spent on this list were indeed helpful!


  1. I found 3 groups to join. Thanks!

  2. Thanks for adding Flannel Friday to the list! You've made an impressive post.

    1. Thanks for mentioning it! I did my best hunting around Facebook looking for public librarian groups, but I know I didn't find them all.

  3. I found 6 new groups to join! Thank you for sharing.


  5. Since people are still finding groups from this page, here's a new group for zine librarians:


    1. I did see the Library Management group on ALA and added it yesterday. Glad to see it jumped up 40 members! Didn't know about the Collection Development, thanks for sharing!

  7. I'm a new member of the eLearning in Libraries group

    1. I'm glad you found your group! :)

  8. 5 Min Lib

  9. Thank you for this list. I found three more groups to join! I'll never get caught up with my reading.

    1. Sorry for that! Yeah, the more Facebook Groups you join, the more busy your newsfeed. At least, you're not alone! :-)




  13. Thank you for sharing these groups.

  14. I joined 2 groups. Thank you. Anything out there for local history librarians?

  15. Thanks I joined five or more groups and found friends that were already members! Very helpful resource, thanks for taking the time.

  16. Just a note: The League of Librarian Gamers Facebook group URL has changed:

  17. Just a note: The League of Librarian Gamers Facebook Group URL has changed:

  18. Thanks for sharing about ACRL's Library Marketing and Outreach Interest Group! We appreciate it.