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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.

Want to know more about how you can use social media to connect with your community?
Drop Sophie Brookover a line!

If you rolled up for the Magical Makerspace Tours through South and Central Jersey, you already know how great they were - two days touring six of the fifteen library makerspaces funded through the NJ Library Makerspaces Project co-funded by LibraryLinkNJ and the NJ State Library.

The South Jersey Tour visited makerspaces at the Mount Laurel Library, Gloucester County Library in Mullica Hill and the Atlantic City Free Public Library, and the Central Jersey Tour visited makerspaces at the East Brunswick Public Library, Old Bridge Public Library, and New Brunswick Free Public Library. You can read all about the trips by following the travelogues on Storify for both the South and Central Jersey tours, and by immersing yourself in the photo galleries we shared for each trip on Facebook.

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Magical Makerspace Tour

Magical Makerspace Tour

The American Association of School Librarians joined forces with American Libraries magazine to publish a special issue, called School Libraries Transform Learning. It’s beautiful and has some great resources, including a beautiful full-color infographic. Take a look and pass it along!

The California School Library Association published a very powerful teacher-librarian advocacy video. It’s full of choice quotes, but a key favorite is from a technology education supervisor: "When I was a principal, the single BEST thing I did was to hire a teacher-librarian."

Second Wave of Immigration Lifts Diversity to New High: Our friends at South Orange Public Library were beautifully spotlighted in this longform piece on America’s increasing ethnic and socioeconomic diversity. (via Tumblr)

A recent article in The Record covered libraries working to bridge the widening digital divide, highlighting the efforts of colleagues at member libraries in Paterson and Hackensack. It’s refreshing to see journalism positively addressing libraries’ considerable returns on civic investment. (via Tumblr)

Instagram continues to delight us. We love to see your library’s programs, staff, collections and more on such lively display every day, and we love to share your success with our followers! If you’re not an Instagram user, you can still follow along with other library’s adventures by bookmarking our feed. We’ll continue to share a few of our favorites each month here, too.

Hudson County Community College Library
The crew from Mount Laurel Library’s makerspace,
Make It At Mount Laurel

Atlantic County Library System
The Paul Robeson Memorial Library
on the campus of Rutgers University-Camden,
opened a beautiful new study space recently.

Burlington County Library System
Anne Arundel County Public Library (MD)
uses Instagram for reader’s advisory

Hanckensack Middle School
For inspiration on documenting life in your library
in an engaging & authentic way,
look no further than Heath High School in Ohio

Looking for tips, inspiration, and tools to improve your library’s social media presence (or just to learn more about what’s going on in these spaces)? You’re in luck! Our very own Sophie Brookover co-presented a double session with John LeMasney at the NJLA Adult Services Forum last month on that very topic! Here are Sophie & John’s slides, packed with links, prompts, and ideas for you to use and share.

The archive of our recent webinar with Tumblr’s resident librarian, Amanda Brennan, is now available. Internet Explorers: Social Libraries and Creating Community Online is packed with examples and resources. Our archive includes a recording of the live webinar, along with Amanda’s slides and a links-only handout she created just for you! Get a taste of the session with this Storify of tweets, links & more.