Well I’m happy to say that I have learned an awful lot about social media over the past couple of months. I have experienced social networking sites (Facebook), microblogging sites (Twitter), photo sharing sites (Pinterest), and video sharing sites (Youtube) to varying degrees. Some I like more than others and yes, I can see that when used well all these social media tools have relevance in a library setting.
I feel that Facebook is great for sharing all library information; promoting events, links to articles, photos, videos, engaging with library users etc. I feel that it offers all of what the other sites have, but in one place. Now Twitter is great for “short and sweet” communication and can be linked to Facebook to get the full version of the post. Pinterest, very interesting how it has been used in a library setting from showcasing historic photos, pinning book covers, sharing new acquisitions, highlighting library staff members to name a few. Finally video sharing, great for “how to ” or instructional guides or online orientations of libraries and you can choose to share content links via Facebook and Twitter.
I have definitely been made more aware of copyright and privacy issues. Use your own photos and then you will never breach copyright, be mindful of who is in that picture you post as they may not want to be viewed all over the internet and always be careful what you disclose on social media, both personally and professionally.
This unit has been really interesting and enjoyable and I feel I have gained valuable knowledge that will assist me in becoming a future library employee. And finally, I do understand what my kids are talking about!
While I was looking at photo sharing platforms I found this interesting article titled “20 Ways Libraries Are Using Pinterest Right Now”. Mind you the document is 12 months old but I think still relevant. It made me realise that Pinterest can be used for so much more than just craft ideas and historic photo’s.
I created a Twitter account last week. It was relatively easy. I managed to add my gravatar and a small bio. I followed a few interesting organizations and people. But my gosh, when you don’t check in everyday (or every few hours) the amount of reading that needs to be done to get up to date. I guess with everything else that is happening in my life (looking after my family, doing other assessments and home duties) I have not taken to Twitter, perhaps like the majority of users have. I can see that it can be really interesting and informative though. I have only tweeted once so far, but hopefully I’ll find something interesting to say over the next few weeks. I also need to get used to the fact that I have a limit on the amount of characters I can use and start abbreviating my words. I guess I am old school, I even send text messages with full spelling and punctuation.