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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!

We’re pleased to share this Storify of last week’s Fall Membership Meeting, with a keynote talk by John Blyberg called The Language of Experience: Understanding and Implementing User Experience Design in Your Library, giving us a comprehensive view of user experience design, which John describes as “applying empathy and compassion in a structured way so that our users come away with full hearts and satisfied minds.” If you missed it, here’s a chance to catch up!

Our friends at NJASL have alerted us that several school libraries in districts around the state have ceased functioning as library media centers and are now open only as testing or technology centers. They’re conducting a School Library Census to find out what’s really happening. Please share widely, and participate if you are a school librarian, yourself.

Amy Koester has compiled a list of essential Resources on Race in the Children’s Library. Important reading for us all.

Do you work for a small library? The Big Talk From Small Libraries online conference’s Call for Speakers is open through Friday, January 9. Organizers are looking for talks of varying lengths on topics including:

  • Unique Libraries
  • Special Collections
  • New Buildings
  • Fundraising
  • Improved Workflows
  • Staff Development
  • Advocacy Efforts
  • Community Partnerships
  • That great thing you’re doing at your library!

To get a sense of the conference, and to gather great ideas for your own library, you can see previous years’ conferences here.

Some of our favorites from Instagram this month:

Hanckensack Middle School
The happy scene on the shuttle bus
at the Rowan University location
of the Fall Membership Meeting

Hudson County Community College Library
Hudson County Community College’s
makerspace, with student-made banner

Burlington County Library System
Thanks to @ser_pez for this souvenir crocheted
mustache from New Brunswick FPL
Handmaking #Makerspace.
Note that this project is both charmingly
on-trend & a very effective teaching tool,
incorporating all major crochet stitches.

Atlantic County Library System
The scene at TioTretton, a special library
just for 10-13 year-olds
in Stockholm’s Kulturhuset Theatre

The Booklist Reader is a recently-launched blog pulling together opinions, news and lists from a variety of Booklist publications. Their new post on how (and how not) to use social media to talk about library patrons is a must-read on boundaries, social conversations and humility. This is definitely one to watch.

One of the delights of December for librarians is the seemingly endless parade of Best Books lists our colleagues at review periodicals compile and share. The good people at Penguin-Random House have compiled a Master List of Lists from sources like Publisher’s Weekly, NPR’s Book Concierge, Book Riot, Kirkus and more. Bonus: National Book Awards coverage.

A Field Trip To America’s Libraries, published last month in The Atlantic, highlights three key truths of libraries we should all be talking about:

  • Libraries are for job seekers.
  • Libraries are hubs of activity.
  • Libraries are anchor places.

The incredible popularity of This American Life’s true crime podcast Serial highlights that we’re living in a Golden Age for the form. The Narratologist shares a list of ten excellent literary podcasts -- good for reader’s advisory, reference, and general knowledge! You don’t need to be a master of iTunes to listen to podcasts - apps like Stitcher and OverCast make it easy to find and listen to a wide variety of shows on demand, and many are available on your closest web browser, too.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Library uses GoodReads to hold their online book club, where they discuss titles in the excellent 33 ⅓ series of music criticism. Each brief volume covers a single classic album in depth, making the series a perfect choice thematically and for manageability. If you’re on GoodReads, you can join The Hall’s discussion group and get some solid ideas for running your own library’s book group there, too.