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The 1-2-3 Method for Building-Up Your Online Presence - Kiersten Bryant

The 1-2-3 Method for Building-Up Your Online Presence - Kiersten Bryant | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
by Kiersten Bryant, former Head Editor, INALJ California previously published 7/2/13

"The 1-2-3 Method works like this: for every 1 post you make on Facebook, Instagram, etc., you should comment on 2 posts, and like (or favorite) 3 additional posts made by other users. Make sure the comments that you leave have some substance. They should be meaningful and engaging. The easiest way to do this is to ask a question in response to a post: encouraging further dialog and interaction."


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New 7 Strategies for Growing Community on Your Blog, by Problogger Darren Rowse

7 Strategies for Growing Community on Your Blog: I think these tips apply to libraries http://t.co/32AaY6cJZ4

 

Here are the 7 strategies mentioned:

“Write in a conversational voice.”Invite interaction.Consider a dedicated community area.Use interactive and accessible mediums.Run projects and challenges.Real life events. talk about what’s actually happening in your community.Put your readers in the spotlight.”

Original article here: http://www.problogger.net/archives/2013/03/28/7-strategies-for-growing-community-on-your-blog/

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Applies to blogs, webs and social media.

Also applicable to libraries!

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Cybraryman Library and Librarian blogs - list

Cybraryman Library and Librarian blogs - list | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
MT @cybraryman1 My collection of Librarian Blogs are here: http://t.co/qyTnRtHYhA lot of TL Super Stars there #txlchat thanks @cybraryman1

 

"The internet catalogue for students, teachers, administrators & parents.
Over 20,000 relevant links personally selected by an educator/author with over 30 years of experience."

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A collection of library and librarian blogs! 

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Tumblr sparks interest in National Archive documents

Tumblr sparks interest in National Archive documents | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

The US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has figured out how to get people interested in historical and government documents: put them on Tumblr. 

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Worth considering for archives!

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Maker Librarian | Making the Future, One Library at a Time

Maker Librarian | Making the Future, One Library at a Time | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @homeysimpson: new resource for librarians who want to learn about makers, hackerspaces, the participatory library and more: http://t.co/eQshWzOM
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Great resource for maker librarians!
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100 social media blog posts from 2012 that you simply have to bookmark

100 social media blog posts from 2012 that you simply have to bookmark | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Social media blogs are updated with thousands of posts on a weekly basis, but we wanted to sift through a list and create the 100 best ones from 2012.These are the timeless classics that are not time sensitive and could be read at any time of the year."


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Tumblrarian 101: Tumblr for Libraries and Librarians

Tumblrarian 101: Tumblr for Libraries and Librarians | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Kate Tkacik:

"The advantage for individual librarians (and library students) is that you can link up with enthusiastic communities of other professionals in libraries, archives, education, nonprofit, and corporate sectors. You can even bring library news to people who aren’t librarians! It’s a great place to create a name, or a brand, for yourself. For libraries, Tumblr is a free marketing tool—and depending on how much effort you want to put into crafting code or purchasing a theme, your Tumblr blog can look as professional as a your library’s website.
There are some specific steps you can take to attract an engaged readership (i.e. followers). It can be a slow first few months as you accumulate an audience and discover where you fit into the community, but the investment is worth it."

 

"Here’s a few guidelines to consider:
- No whining, just follow.

- Be yourself and balance your content

- No tags, no readers"


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Going Green @ your library - blog

Going Green @ your library - blog | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Environmentally friendly practices for libraries and beyond!

 

"Going green for libraries has never been more easy! Check out this blog, and get some great tips on how to incorporate some easy, environmentally friendly tips into your workday experience"  http://greeningyourlibrary.wordpress.com/

 

"This blog lists ideas, practices, tools, and techniques to help green libraries, librarians, and the communities they serve – possibly saving money or even raising money too. So here’s to a greener library and a sustainable future for all."


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23 things for professional development, training and networking for Information Professionals

A talk given to the Historic Libraries Forum conference 'Hard Times' on Tuesday 15 November 2011.

 

 

23 things for professional development training and networking in hard times, by Katie Birkwood, University Library Cambridge
"23 Things‟ is a type of training……which started at the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County (North Carolina, USA) in August 2006.
the PLCMC course aimed…“…to encourage staff to experiment and learn about the new and emerging technologies that are reshaping the context of information on the Internet today”
23 things course gives participants 23 tools to try out and asks them to write a blog post about each of them.

things are introduced according to a schedule, but participants choose when to do each thing.

blogging is intended to encourage support and communication amongst and between participants.
23 things has been hugely popular…"


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SABC Media Libraries: What do you do when you see a QR code?

SABC Media Libraries: What do you do when you see a QR code? | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

How to scan a QR code.

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Tumblr for Family History Societies and Libraries | Social Media and Genealogy

Tumblr for Family History Societies and Libraries | Social Media and Genealogy | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Tumblr is a great platform for a family history society blog. You can share enormous photos, links and news, and the format is large and easy to read.
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Is it the end of an era for librarian blogging? « thewikiman

Is it the end of an era for librarian blogging? « thewikiman | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Yeah, this: “@theREALwikiman: Is it the end of an era for librarian blogging? http://t.co/DlbjoTEoSa”;

 

Lack of time is the biggest reason given for not blogging these days, and that makes a lot of sense. But I think it might be a changing of the guard, rather than an overall slow-down – a bunch of new professionals becoming older professionals, and newer ones attacking the biblioblogosphere with a fervor in their place. If we interact online in loosely defined sets (in my case, it’s largely ‘the people who were new professionals in 2009 when I went to the new professionals conference’) then it stands to reason that there would be a collective ebb and flow in our activity. As we get up the career ladder we become busier and have less time to blog, and we’re on similar cycles of activity, commitments, and enthusiasm…


So if you blog, do you blog less now than you used to? Is it the end of an era for librarian blogging? And if so, to what do you attribute this – is it just lack of time, or are there other reasons too?

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Interesting discussion point > is it slowing down?

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Libraries Changed My Life

Libraries Changed My Life | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Real life accounts from library patrons whose lives have been changed for the better by libraries.

 

Libraries Changed My Life (LCML) is the brainchild of two librarians from two parts of the country. Ingrid is a children’s and teen librarian from New York City. Natalie is a systems librarian from rural Florida. Together we’re hoping to create a place where people can tell their library stories, and those who are questioning the value of libraries can see their amazing impact. LCML is an independent, grassroots movement to spread library love across the country.

Why we’re here:

Libraries are valuable—and valued. In addition to traditional services like book lending, research help and children’s programs (still the services Americans value most), libraries offer free wifi, technology training, free or low-cost public meeting spaces, affordable printing, access to music and the arts, and other services our neighborhoods need.

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Libraries are valubale - accounts from patrons!

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Finding Hidden Treasure: a Cache of Librarian Blogs

Finding Hidden Treasure: a Cache of Librarian Blogs | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
by Sarah Deringer, Head Editor, INALJ Mississippi Finding Hidden Treasure: a Cache of Librarian Blogs Every great once in awhile I find a collection of good blogs to follow, and this week I found four...
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Job Hunter's Web Guide: Archives Gig | Hiring Librarians

Job Hunter's Web Guide: Archives Gig | Hiring Librarians | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

This week we're showcasing a resource for the archivists out there. [...] Meredith Lowe, and her awesome resource: Archives Gig.

 

Link: http://archivesgig.livejournal.com/

 

 

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Great resource for archivists in the US.

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Edublog Awards nominations 2012 @ gwynethjones - The Daring Librarian

Edublog Awards nominations 2012 @ gwynethjones - The Daring Librarian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
"Because I get SO much more from the Edublog Award process learning about and from new teachers, librarians, administrators, etc it has been a super game changer [...] for me! Seriously, it blows my mind!
NEXT year for this I've got a new idea...I've created a new Sqworl group to save all those amazing blogs & educational sites I run across that I'm keeping an eye on to make next year's noms EASIER and hopefully faster! "
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This is how we do it: Social media at Christchurch City Libraries

This is how we do it: Social media at Christchurch City Libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Posted by Donna:

" [...] discuss how we at Christchurch City Libraries use social media – what we think is important, what we do, and why we do it. Hopefully it opens up a dialogue amongst Kiwi librarians. Wouldn’t it be grand if our information community were more forthcoming about sharing information on making the best use of social media?"

 

Topics covered in the article:

 

"- Many voices

- We talk about all sorts of things – events, new books, new stuff on the website.

- Content is king

- Made you look (Twitter)

- Looking at the tools and processes

- The power of the image

- The social catalogue

- A reading list on social media in New Zealand public libraries"

 

 

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What a new teacher librarian can make!

What a new teacher librarian can make! | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"One of the ongoing joys of working in Higher Education is the opportunity to work with those entering the profession that you have been passionate about for many years. So I get really excited when I hear the stories from recent graduates, who start making a difference – almost straight away"

 

"What Bec demonstrated with this work is that any school library and teacher librarian CAN have a great physical and virtual learning environment – on a budget – with professional enthusiasm and love for the work."


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100 Helpful Blogs For School Librarians (And Teachers) | Edudemic

100 Helpful Blogs For School Librarians (And Teachers) | Edudemic | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"We love librarians. They’re the gatekeepers of knowledge and always looking to explore new ways to enhance the learning experience. I learned about the latest trends in libraries at this year’s CALICONin San Diego and love the move toward open source, cross-library sharing, and going digital.

But what if you weren’t able to attend CALICON or simply want to get a regular update on all the fun stuff happening with libraries? Lucky for you, our friends at Online College shared the following post with us.

It details 100 great blogs librarians around the world should add to their RSS reader."

 

Looking for great Twitter chats for librarians? Click here: http://edudemic.com/2012/06/twitter-chats-library/

Looking for information on how libraries are using Pinterest? Click here: http://edudemic.com/2012/03/20-ways-libraries-are-using-pinterest-right-now/

 


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FuturistSpeaker.com – A Study of Future Trends and Predictions by Futurist Thomas Frey » Blog Archive » Future Libraries and 17 Forms of Information Replacing Books

FuturistSpeaker.com – A Study of Future Trends and Predictions by Futurist Thomas Frey » Blog Archive » Future Libraries and 17 Forms of Information Replacing Books | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Futurist Thomas Frey:

"Libraries are not about books. In fact, they were never about books.
Libraries exist to give us access to information. Until recently, books were one of the more efficient forms of transferring information from one person to another. Today there are 17 basic forms of information that are taking the place of books, and in the future there will be many more…"

 

"Here is a list of 17 primary categories of information that people turn to on a daily basis. While they are not direct replacements for physical books, they all have a way of eroding our reliance on them. There may be more that I’ve missed, but as you think through the following media channels, you’ll begin to understand how libraries of the future will need to function:
Games 
Digital Books 
Audio Books 
Magazines 
Music 
Photos 
Videos 
Television 
Movies
Radio 
Blogs 
Podcasts 
Apps 
Presentations 
Courseware 
Personal Networks 
Each of these forms of information has a place in future libraries. Whether or not physical books decline or even disappear has little relevance in the overall scheme of future library operations."


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Best library / librarian blog 2011 | The Edublog Awards

Best library / librarian blog 2011 | The Edublog Awards | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Nominations listed for the best librarian blog 2011

 

Best library / librarian blog 2011 http://t.co/nLtJH6xb via @AddThis just voted for @gwynethjones :)...

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