Hello and welcome to the Library Journal tumblr: a more informal outpost for all things libraries and library-related.
LJ has been active on Tumblr since around September of 2011. Since then, it’s been mentioned in Betabeat, GQ, Complex, Min, and The Millions. In 2013, Library Journal moderated a panel at BEA on Tumblr and libraries, participated in a Conversation Starter on the same topic at ALA, and organized a meetup for librarians on Tumblr.
We love libraries, librarians, and the internet. (And Beyoncé.)
What is Tumblr?
Tumblr is like if social networking and blogs had a baby. It is a beautiful baby.
Why should I care?
There are lots of exciting library-related things happening on Tumblr. First, it’s a community: one you can easily explore with the tag #tumblarians. Second, it’s a news source: one you can follow here or using the tags #libraries or #librarians. Third: gifs.
Check out LJ's June 2013 profile of Tumblarian community to learn more about what libraries and librarians are doing on Tumblr.
How do I get started?
A good place to begin is Tumblarian 101: A Starter Kit, which outlines whom to follow, tags to track, how and what to post.
If you’re ready to get your feet wet, I recommend checking out these (informal) lists of libraries and librarians on Tumblr as well as archives and archivists. Follow! Read! Reblog! This is what Tumblr is about.