LibraryLinkNJ E-Update
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It’s time again for LibraryLinkNJ’s new, twice-monthly newsletter, Social Media Snapshots! In each issue, we pull together the best content from our social media channels and deliver them right to your inbox. We encourage you to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest, 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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Happy National Library Week! As we finalize this issue, it’s National Library Workers’ Day. The Paterson Free Public Library is celebrating by posting photos of all staff members on their Tumblr. Patrons and colleagues at libraries across the state are nominating Library Stars. We re-shared the single greatest library-related GIF of all time. How are you celebrating this special week in libraries?

“Teacher-librarians are the heart of the school. And without a teacher-librarian, there is no central focus on literature. There is no support for families, for students, for teachers, for staff on literature, on professional development, on research.” -- Paula Godfrey, Principal, Gale Elementary School, Tucson, AZ from the must-see School Library Month video, Principals Know School Librarians are the Heart of the School (Via Tumblr):

School Library Journal recently highlighted some of the contract award winners in the New Jersey Library Makerspaces project. Congratulations once again to all the libraries whose makerspaces are opening for business! (Via Facebook)

You’ve probably heard about the Heartbleed Bug that has the entire Internet worried. If not, first read some basics on it here, and then follow up with this handy password update checklist. You will probably have patrons, students and customers asking you about this for some weeks to come. Coral Sheldon-Hess also has some characteristically wise and humane advice on sharing bad tech news with your coworkers. (Via Facebook)

Shoes featuring cats

Oh, good grief, ultimate cuteness alert: sneaker designers Vans have partnered with the ASPCA on designs for shoes featuring cats (See the image on the left) and dogs (on separate shoes, natch).

Toby Greenwalt (formerly the voice of Skokie Public Library’s Tumblr, now working for Carnegie Public Libraries in Pittsburgh, and, ahem, a wonderful presenter for us, on Fostering a Culture of Innovation on a Shoestring has proposed a new project, The Librarian Design Challenge. His first project: to create an online library card sign-up process. A good, easy one that people will want to use. Read Toby’s blog post for details & get designing — yes, you! Yes, even if you have no formal design experience. As Toby says, “if you’re reading this, you’re a designer.” (Via Tumblr)

Professional Literature for Librarians -- a very funny set of fake book covers mashing up current topics in librarianship and vintage book covers -- made the rounds last week, and we just can’t get enough. (More on our Just for Fun board on Pinterest, See the images below)

3D printing
Simple Booklet - 3D printing

Practical strategies in interplanetary loan
Simple Booklet - Practical strategies in interplanetary loan

I was an intellectual freedom fighter
Simple Booklet - I was an intellectual freedom fighter

America’s wildest library incident reports
Simple Booklet - America’s wildest library incident reports

Librarian Janel Kinlaw and digital preservationist Trevor Munoz, both NPR staffers, sat for a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) session, answering questions about saving digital ephemera for future generations, how to get a job at NPR, and the risks and benefits of using third-party sites (Flickr, YouTube, SoundCloud, etc.) for hosting media. If you’re unfamiliar with the AMA, it’s a session where members of Reddit can urge the subject of the AMA to answer member-submitted questions by voting them up or down. (Via Twitter)

A town-wide scavenger hunt! Library workouts! Radical home economics! Having spent the last few weeks working with Erin Shea on her wonderful Get With The Program webinar, we are just flat-out professional crushing on Library Journal’s Programs that Pop column. Read it and get your (programming) life. (Via Twitter)