Libraries are interacting with patrons in digital spaces. Virtually all libraries have a Facebook page, and over half are on Twitter, but as the social media landscape continues to evolve, so must libraries’ digital presence. This doesn’t mean abandoning existing social media channels; it means using each platform as effectively as possible without overextending already overworked librarians. Tumblr can augment your library’s existing social media presence rather than replacing your current efforts.
Technology blog of the Brooklyn Museum
I think anyone who works on a social media with a collection needs to read this. [Spoiler: One insight is BE ON TUMBLR]
this is brilliant. use what works, dump what doesn’t. the only “magic bullet” in successful outreach is to know your audience. I only said that for drama, I have no facts to back it up. but I bet it’s true.
This is a great article. But if you’re seeing lack of engagement in Facebook, it might not be not your users, it’s a long-term, intentional strategy by Facebook to force organizations to pay for advertising instead of using Pages (article from 2012!).
Tumblarians, which social media outlets are working for you? Which ones are you dumping?
This is so brilliant! It makes me want to take up knitting!
Free Beer is a gift that requires nothing of us but to consume it. Unrestricted cash money donations are Free Beer. Even restricted money—money that can only be used for purposes specified by the donor—is Free Beer, as long as the strings attached to it don’t create added work or aggravation for the library.
Just about every other kind of donation, whether it be a donation of goods or a donation of labor, is Free Kittens. Free Kittens don’t cost anything to acquire, but they entail ongoing costs as you keep and care for them. Donated books have to be searched, deduped, reviewed, cataloged, and physically processed before they can be added to the collection—where they will take up shelf space and require some degree of ongoing care. Volunteers, obviously, require both training and supervision—and since they’re volunteers, they’re liable to turn over more frequently than regular employees, thus requiring more investment in training. The costs involved with accepting gifts and hosting volunteers may be well worth it, just as the cost of feeding and caring for a kitten may be worth it. But the fact that they’re worth it doesn’t make the costs less real or worthy of careful consideration.
Every October/November, Wikipedia Loves Libraries launches its annual campaign of wiki-workshops and editathons at libraries (and related institutions) in the spirit of Open Access Week. Any Wikipedia-friendly event could fall under the umbrella of Wikipedia Loves Libraries. Here are some tried-and-true examples from past events. An event could incorporate activities from one or more of these suggestions, or other creative ideas.
meetup Simple but fun. Provide space at your library for local Wikipedians to hold a meetup. It is a good opportunity to get to know each other and plot the course for future Wikipedia collaborations with your institution.
backstage pass A tour of your facility; especially good if you have closed stacks or work spaces to show. Wikipedians are your online volunteers, serving your patrons’ information needs and improving access to and information about your collections. Why not treat them like volunteers?
editathon A working meetup. Invite Wikipedians to use your library’s resources for an in-person editing session, usually revolving around a preselected theme (like a particular library collection or a topic of interest to the community). A great chance to see collaboration in action, and work with the pros.
workshopA beginning Wikipedia literacy and editing workshop could be held for staff or as a public program. There are many Wikipedians with on- and off-line experience in teaching Wikipedia.
HEADS UP, TUMBLRARIANS!
Judging by the upcoming fall publishing season, there will be plenty of speculative fiction titles to sharpen readers’ minds, but no one particular trend is leading the charge. Sf and fantasy has attracted a far more diverse readership than ever before, and publishing success can be found by exploring that diversity. Military sf and space opera stage a revival, fantasy goes dark, and digital publishing is here to stay.
Get your SF/fantasy geek on! Fellow Tumblrarian Genre Junkie shines a spotlight on winter 2013/spring 2014 titles. Prepare to have your mind blown with Pierce Brown’s Red Rising.
Did you know that the shade queens over at the “Stand Out and Be Outstanding: Fearlessly Leading Your Library Career” Conversation Starter (all gifs aside, this looks like a great panel) made this very shady graphic about the current Conversation Starter rankings? We feel a Vitamin D deficiency coming on.
(Shade gif via healthscireflib.)
LOL!!! I did not create this! I swear. One of the other folks on the panel made this happen. HAHAHA!
But to vote on your favorite Conversation Starter at ALA (ours) use this link
OH WELL NOW IT’S ON
PC Sweeney is throwing some serious shade. Girl.
Clearly, vote Tumblarian.
Come on folks! We are too good to stand for this. Tumblarians are legion.
Vote for our Conversation Starter and come talk with Tumblr superstar Rachel Fershleiser, Darien Library’s Erin “Laser Fingers” Shea, Lifeguard Librarian Kate Tkacik, and your humble Library Journal tumblrer at ALA Annual in Chicago!
Do any of you fantastic Tumblarians or archivist or technical specialists work on small or large scale digitization projects designed for web delivery? Specifically, I’m looking into still image (maps, paintings, letter, etc.) file format standards and compression guidelines (best format for web delivery: do you create a low res JPEG image?). Do you have a specific reference guide or tool you use to determine the specs you wish to use in web delivery?
I’d appreciate any nod in the direction of a useful guidebook/textbook/reference for mass digitization projects, especially if it can be found online. Thanks a million!
(I’m not studying archives or technical services—I do E-Government—so I’m a bit lost on where to even start. Any help, and I mean ANY, would be much appreciated. Also, if you could signal boost, I’d love you forever).
Conceived from a New York Times “Modern Love” column, this entrancing story of a woman’s marriage to Stephen, a man living with cystic fibrosis (CF), should not be written off as merely a memoir of disease. When Scarboro met her future husband at 17, she struggled to make a life for herself while faced with the challenge of loving someone with a constantly looming expiration date. While Scarboro, her husband, and CF are the three main characters, the story truly shines as the two try to navigate their twenties bouncing between the Bay Area, Boulder, and Boston during the 1990s. VERDICT This book squeezes a soul-encompassing marriage into the events of just one decade, and Scarboro manages to tell—with strength and grace—her all-too-short love story in less than 300 pages.
Tumblarians, help me out here. I reached out to the ALATT facebook group earlier about planning author events in libraries and got some interesting answers. It seems like the biggest concern among everyone is drawing a decent crowd, which is fair. How disappointing is it to spend so much time planning and marketing to have a low turnout?
Now I’m trying to figure out how it all works, step by step. It seems like you
- get contacts somehow - either through the Center for the Book or a state humanities council or going to an author website
- ~insert mysterious event planning here~
- market the hell out of it, which includes cool protips like 1. encouraging public school classes to visit if it is a teen/YA author 2. discussing the author’s most well known work in book groups before the event 3. lots and lots of press and word of mouth promotion 4. making sure it isn’t at a terrible middle of the day time
- hope for the best
- if all else fails, target local history groups because they will travel in packs
Any thoughts? Additional steps? Things that work? Things that don’t work? Anything to make it easier to plan this stuff?
I know our own darienlibrary is a bona fide expert at author events.
Has your library started collecting self published titles? (Or do you know someone or someplace that does?) Email firstname.lastname@example.org! Library Journal wants to talk to you, but not in a creepy way.
FRIENDLY REMINDER. If you are someone who does this, or know folks who do, HIT US UP.