|Social Media Snapshots is our regular dose of all the best content from our social media channels, delivered right to your inbox. We encourage you to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, and now Instagram, wheee! But if you don’t, you can rely on Social Media Snapshots to keep you up to date on developments in technology and libraryland -- here in NJ & around the country -- as well as fun things like photos you can share with your staff and patrons.
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We continue to be super-excited about our Instagram feed. If you use Instagram personally and/or professionally, we’d love to count you among our followers. Some of the photos we post are original to LLNJ staff members, but most are regrams of great pictures from libraries and other learning institutions. A few of our recent favorites are highlighted below.
The process of launching our Instagram channel yielded some ideas, insights & work-arounds you may find useful if your library is considering using this popular service, so we’re sharing this handy primer with you all.
Favorite recent follows
A round-up of new-to-us accounts that we find useful, illuminating & entertaining.
On Tumblr, we love cloudunbound, where 3M Cloud Library’s collection development librarian Heather McCormack serves up wisdom, book covers, tips and provocative questions. If you need an animated GIF from a Disney or Pixar movie, animated-disney-gifs has you covered, and for extreme animal cuteness, animalplanet reigns supreme.
Our Twitter shout-outs this month are, admittedly, a little self-serving, as these are the handles of our autumn webinar presenters Stephanie Anderson (@bookavore), Amanda Brennan (@continuants) and Melissa Depper (@melissazd). For good measure, we’ll throw in the inspiring & practical NPR Digital Services (@nprds) and the innovation smarties at Philly Tech Week (@phillytechweek)
Current favorites on Instagram (besides all our NJ loves, of course) include
We went gaga for the Cherry Hill Public Library’s monthlong celebration of back to school season, using vintage photos of staff members in their school day best. Great work for Throwback Thursday!
Pinterest presents: the cutest darn disaster preparedness kit you ever did see.
2.6 million public domain images are available for you to search, download & use on Flickr. Go vintage and liven up your PR materials, create new memes, go to town with Photoshop & more! (via Twitter)
Thinking about developing one of those fun viral quizzes for your readers? Here’s some solid advice on how to structure it and make people want to share their results.
Brooklyn Public Library recently unveiled a form-based reader’s advisory service on their website, and, unsurprisingly, people love it. (via Tumblr)
Sandy Hall, Teen Librarian at Morristown and Morris Township Public Library, just published her first novel, A Little Something Different, with Swoon Reads, a crowdsourced imprint from Macmillan. A little paper called The New York Times (early adopters among you may have heard of it) published a lovely piece about Sandy’s experience and the process from manuscript to finished book. (via Twitter, See the photo on the right)
The University of Virginia’s Rare Books School looks like the best kind of nerdy educational fun. Are any of our NJ librarians alumni of this program?
This summer has been extraordinary for image archives online. Yale University got into the act with Photogrammar, a tool that will allow users to search and organize their archive of over 170,000 images from The Great Depression. (via Twitter)
Are you considering a move to corporate librarianship? Get some practical advice from Letters to a Young Librarian! (via Twitter)