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Editor's Column: 5 ways libraries are using Instagram

Editor's Column: 5 ways libraries are using Instagram | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"Alongside universities, libraries and librarians are now using social media platforms to connect with users in a range of exciting and innovating ways. The latest platform that libraries are experimenting with isInstagram, which allows users to take photos on their smart phones, apply exciting filters and add hashtags, and then share these images online with their followers. Amy Mollett and Anthony McDonnellinvestigate how libraries are making the most of this visually-engaging platform."

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Libraries are using Instagram!

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Archive Shelfies on Storify #archiveshelfie #shelfie #archives (with images, tweets) · @karentoittoit

A compilation of archive photos being shared on Twitter
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Archivists posting #archiveshelfie > curated in a Storify

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Creative Review - British Library adds one million images to Flickr

Creative Review - British Library adds one million images to Flickr | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
In what could well become one of the most interesting image collections on the web, the British Library has announced it has uploaded over one million images to Flickr from 65,000 books spanning from the 17th to the 19th ...
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Exciting development!

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How Selfies Are Re-Energizing The New York Public Library

How Selfies Are Re-Energizing The New York Public Library | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Sydney Brownstone:

"These photobooth selfies weren't taken at a bar. They're from the New York Public Library which is mobilizing fans through pictures. (This is cool. Libraries using selfies to engage their users.

 

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The photos look like they could have been taken at a bar, a bat mitzvah, or one of those swanky media parties with sponsored vodka. But they weren’t. These photobooth shots were snapped at the New York Public Library as part of a new social media initiative to engage more with the library’s selfie-loving patrons, and the live photostream is making our hearts melt.

“This is new ground for us,” Ken Weine, vice president of communications and marketing at the NYPL, tells Co.Exist. “An institution like us has to find ways to communicate with people in person and digitally, and what’s fun about this project is that we’re doing both at the same time.”

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A Social Media initiative that's working!

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Europeana Releases First Free iPad App | europeana

Europeana Releases First Free iPad App | europeana | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
‘Europeana Open Culture’ introduces you to hand-picked and beautiful collections from some of Europe’s top institutions, and allows people to explore, share and comment on them. Designed by Glimworm IT during a Europeana hackathon, the app provides an easy introduction to Europe’s glorious art treasury through five specially curated themes: Maps and Plans, Treasures of Art, Treasures of the Past, Treasures of Nature and Images of the Past.
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Downloaded and it looks like a very rich collection!

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25 Vintage Photos of Librarians Being Awesome

25 Vintage Photos of Librarians Being Awesome | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Emily Temple:

"Librarians, in case you hadn't heard, are essential members of society -- likely to expand minds wherever they go -- and, as such, are fully worthy of hero worship..."

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Photos of librarians from the past!

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The World’s Most Beautiful Libraries, as captured on Instagram #libraries #photos

The World’s Most Beautiful Libraries, as captured on Instagram #libraries #photos | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
The World’s Most Beautiful Libraries “Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.” -Ray Bradbury

For centuries, books have housed the collective knowledge of the world and formed the foundations of educational institutions. Given that these objects contain such value, it only makes sense that throughout history people have constructed beautiful buildings to house them.

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A list of 8 most beautiful libraries around the world, as captured by the Instagram community

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Kim Williams: Mobile photography for libraries

 @thelibrarykim: Mobile photography for libraries with @haikugirlOz #aliaonline #sketchnotes http://t.co/jpC675iX

 

 

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Tips for mobile photography in libraries!

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The Mobile Social Photo Explosion [INFOGRAPHIC]

The Mobile Social Photo Explosion [INFOGRAPHIC] | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"This inforgraphic from Mediabiestro is a great visual of the mobile revolution.

 

Here's an excerpt:

 

The digital revolution has made an enormous impact on photography, and smartphones and social media have been hugely instrumental in this massive growth.

 

** 300 million photos are uploaded to Facebook daily

 

**Facebook has 10,000 times more photos than the Library of Congress

 

**Twitter (6.9 million daily active mobile users) and Instagram

 

**(7.3 million daily active mobile users) combined account for hours of photo-taking usage each month, and photos make up 42 percent of all posts on Tumblr.

 

 

**The money stat? 741 million mobile phones worldwide have some kind of photo capability."

 

Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Curation, Social Business and Beyond"

 

See article and infographic here: [http://bit.ly/SLt2Nz]


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Vintage Photographs From Inside 10 Famous Libraries - Flavorwire

Vintage Photographs From Inside 10 Famous Libraries - Flavorwire | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Emily Temple:

"A mini collection of vintage photographs from inside famous libraries both at home and abroad."

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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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A Lawyer Who Is Also A Photographer Just Deleted All Her Pinterest Boards Out Of Fear

A Lawyer Who Is Also A Photographer Just Deleted All Her Pinterest Boards Out Of Fear | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Alyson Shontell:

"Pinterest places all legal blame on its users and even makes them pay its fees if Pinterest gets sued."

 

"For more on Kirsten's findings, head over to her post at DDK Portraits >>

http://ddkportraits.com/2012/02/why-i-tearfully-deleted-my-pinterest-inspiration-boards/


For more on Pinterest check out:


A Non-Geek's Guide To Pinterest

http://www.businessinsider.com/a-non-geeks-guide-to-pinterest-the-biggest-internet-hit-since-facebook-2012-2


22 Incredible Images That Show Why Pinterest Gets 1 Billion Monthly Pageviews

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/pinterest-copyright-issues-lawyer-2012-2#ixzz1oJiYCY00

 

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This is What a Librarian Looks Like

This is What a Librarian Looks Like | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Librarians uploading their photos:

"Challenging the Librarian Stereotype one Post at a Time

Your editors are Bobbi Newman and Erin Downey Howerton..."

 

Hashtag on Twitter: #lookslikelibsci

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International Archives Day: photos & messages shared from around the world #IAD14 #IAD2014 #archivesday

International Archives Day: photos & messages shared from around the world #IAD14 #IAD2014 #archivesday | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"...celebrate International Archives Day on 9th June 2014, by sending a copy of an archive image linked to the locality in which you work. The image will be uploaded onto a site specially developed by the International Council on Archives’ local, municipal and territorial group of archivists. The site (http://www.internationalarchivesday.org/ ;) went live on 9th June."

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A photo and a message from the participating archives. 

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Take A Peek Inside National Geographic's Giant Vintage Photo Archive - Gizmodo Australia

Take A Peek Inside National Geographic's Giant Vintage Photo Archive - Gizmodo Australia | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"In the digital age, it’s easy to forget that the millions of physical photographs that exist in the world still need a physical home — somewhere they will be cared for so they don’t fall into decay or vanish without a trace. Bill Bonner is the caretaker of National Geographic’s immense archive of vintage photos, and this video from its Proof blog takes us inside.

National Geographic is home to some 11 million photographs, eight million of which are overseen by Bonner in the basement of their headquarters in Washington DC. The collection spans well over 100 years of image making, and Bonner claims to have looked at every single image in his archive."

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A video showing some of the gems of this photograph treasure!

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National Library of Sejong City / Samoo Architects &Engineers ...

National Library of Sejong City / Samoo Architects &Engineers ... | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
From the architect. The National Library of Sejong City is the first branch facility of the National Library of Korea and is planned to be built in the Multifunctional Administrative City of Korea, also known as Sejong City. Designed by Samoo Architects & Engineers with the motif of a book page being turned over, a simple geometry of a gently curved paper forms the basis of the design and creates a unique outline that is easily recognizable as one of the landmark buildings of the city. As one of the strategies in designing the building, the library was also planned to become an Emotional Library, a place where analogue and digital formats converge for the convenience of the users and to maximize the possibilities of the library.
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Inspiring library architecture!
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University libraries of the 21st century – in pictures

University libraries of the 21st century – in pictures | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

We invited you to help us document the university library of the 21st century. From the uber-traditional to the downright quirky, here's a selection of your pictures featuring some of the most interesting designs

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Photos of university libraries of the future - selected from photos submitted by readers of the The Guardian

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Week 2: Take a photo with a mobile device: Instagram / Flickr app / Snapchat

Week 2: Take a photo with a mobile device:  Instagram / Flickr app / Snapchat | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Kim Tairi is the Associate Director, Information Management at Swinburne University. She loves her mobile. It has changed the way she works. Professional sharing and connecting is easier. Google her to find out more.


THINKING POINTS:

How could your library use photographs to promote library services, events and activities?Does your library Twitter account use Instaweather to provide a daily update?Do you have a permission form available so that when you take photographs of clients or events you have their agreement for those images to be used and shared online?How easy is it for clients to contribute digital photographs to your library collection (eg. local history)?Could you use photography in library programming (eg. how-to classes or competitions)?The Getty Museum celebrates the Instagram photographs taken by museum visitors by adding them to their Insta-Getty Pinterest board
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How to use mobile photos as part and promotion of your library services!

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20 Amazing Outdoor Libraries and Bookstores From All Over the World

20 Amazing Outdoor Libraries and Bookstores From All Over the World | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Emily Temple:


...check out 20 wonderful outdoor book depositories, and add any of your missing favorites in the comments."

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Outdoor libraries! Great concept!

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The World’s Coolest Libraries

The World’s Coolest Libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

The books found within them are fascinating, but the buildings that store 'em can be just as cool. 

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Coolest library buildings!

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