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How We Use Social Media, Illustrated | Mashable - YouTube

In honor of the 5th annual Social Media Day, Mashable commissioned a study of how we use social media. Here are our findings, conveniently illustrated for yo... (Happy Social Media Day from all of us at @mashable!


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Happy 5th Social Media Day (30 June)!

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A brief History of Social Media (1969-2012) [INFOGRAPHIC]

A brief History of Social Media (1969-2012) [INFOGRAPHIC] | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

But here’s the thing: the history of social media actually goes back a lot further, and its roots can be found in blogging, Google, AOL, ICQ, the beginnings of the world wide web and, perhaps surprisingly, CompuServe. 


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Interesting!

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Manuel Pinto's curator insight, April 20, 12:17 PM

More a timeline than a history. Useful, anyway.

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A brief History of Social Media (1969-2012) [INFOGRAPHIC]
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I thought you might find this interesting.

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What Social Networks Should You Use in 2014? [Infographic]

What Social Networks Should You Use in 2014? [Infographic] | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Jeremy Waite (a past speaker at Social Media London – click here to see his talk) has compiled this infographic bringing together the facts and figures about all the big social networks.

Takeaways:There are over 5.7 billion users on the world’s top 21 social networks.YouTube reaches more US adults aged 18-34 than any cable network.China has 3 of the world’s largest social networks.
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Interesting to see which ones are still there in 2014.

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25 Libraries We Most Love on Pinterest - OEDB.org

25 Libraries We Most Love on Pinterest - OEDB.org | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Everyone seems to flock toward Pinterest these days, delighted by its numerous boards allowing them to bookmark Internet ephemera they find valuable and worth sharing. Numerous libraries — be they specialty, public, or affiliated with a school — have harnessed its popularity to push education and literacy causes to the digital generation. Such a strategy thankfully seems to be succeeding swimmingly. Some of the best-curated Pinterest accounts out there fuse old and new into a spectacularly informative feast for the mind. And sometimes gullet, for those who enjoy posting links to edible crafts.
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Great resource for public libraries on Pinterest!
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Marketing Libraries: What the not-for-profits can learn from the lots-of-profits! « thewikiman

Marketing Libraries: What the not-for-profits can learn from the lots-of-profits! « thewikiman | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Marketing Libraries: What the not-for-profits can learn from the lots-of-profits! (via @theREALwikiman) http://t.co/GudDM1KvIU

 

"A couple of weeks ago I presented a webinar for WebJunction on marketing libraries. Part 1 of this post is all the information from the presentation, including a video archive of it, and Part 2 is about the process of presenting in a webinar, for anyone interested in that side of things."

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Great info about marketing of libraries, as well as presenting webinars!

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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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New Report From OCLC Research: “Social Media and Archives: A Survey of Archive Users” | LJ INFOdocket

New Report From OCLC Research: “Social Media and Archives: A Survey of Archive Users” | LJ INFOdocket | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Social Media and Archives: A Survey of Archive Users details findings from a survey of users of archives to learn more about how researchers find out about systems like ArchiveGrid, and the role that social media, recommendations, reviews, and other forms of user-contributed annotation play in archival research. oclc Research logo New Report From OCLC Research: Social Media and Archives: A Survey of Archive UsersWritten by OCLC Research Consulting Software Architect Bruce Washburn, Research Assistant Ellen Eckert, and Senior Program Officer Merrilee Proffitt, this report will be of interest to those working with archival discovery services, or those investigating the utility of social media in discovery environments. Key Findings E-mail and word of mouth continue to be the primary ways archival researchers share information about the resources they discover. Features such as tags, reviews, recommendations and user comments are viewed as useful by fewer than half of those responding. However, researchers value recommendations given by librarians and archivists. One-quarter of all survey respondents identified themselves as “unaffiliated scholars,” representing a significant number of those interested in making use of archival material. Full text report: http://www.oclc.org/content/dam/research/publications/library/2013/2013-06.pdf
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Survey of users of archives and the role of social media!
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The Librarian's Nitty-Gritty Guide to Social Media, by Laura Solomon

The Librarian's Nitty-Gritty Guide to Social Media, by Laura Solomon | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"The vast array of social media options present a challenge to today’s busy librarians: it’s tough to keep current, let alone formulate a plan for using these tools effectively. Solomon, a librarian with extensive experience in web development, design, and technology, cuts to the chase with this invaluable guide to using social media in any kind of library."

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Feedback on goodreads! A worthwhile read!

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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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ANZ 23 Mobile Things first Google Hangout #Anz23mthings - with Jan, Mylee, Kathryn, Abigail and Kate

ANZ 23 Mobile things Hangout with Jan, Mylee, Kathryn, Abigail and Kate #anz23mthings

 

Jan, Mylee and Kathryn will be telling us a little bit more about the creation of the 23 Mobile Things and their involvement as well as sharing some tips about the best way to make the most of the course. You can read a bit more about the 23 Mobile Things Team here in their introduction.

There will also be an interactive Q and A session at the end; where you can tweet us your questions using #anz23mthings & #hangout hashtags and we will answer them live! This is the moment to ask all your burning questions like “Why is Angry Bird one of the 23 Mobile Things???” and get answers live.

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Some great insights about using Twitter for mentorship, as well as professional development, especially when isolated.

Also a discussion of the tools coming up in ANZ 23 Mobile Things!

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As a manager, how can I support our library staff who use social media on our behalf? | From the floor

"What kind of support should I be asking for from management?" and "How can I support our staff?"

1. Give them your trust - Wholeheartedly.

2. Give them dedicated time

3. Get out of their way

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Managing social media in the library! Good tips!

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Social media activities for libraries, Infographic by Phil Bradley

Social media activities for libraries, Infographic by Phil Bradley | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Some ideas to try out! This is made available under Creative Commons licensing, so you are free to take a copy of this and use it yourself without having to ask me.
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Great ideas!!

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Why you need social media information governance frameworks

Why you need social media information governance frameworks | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

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Businesses run on information and by extending your information governance frameworks to the social media environment you will help ensure that all your business needs for information, now and into the future, will continue to be met.

To develop a social media information governance framework you could firstly:

map the business that is moving to social mediamap the information that is moving to social mediaassess your client information needs and expectations, as well as public accountablities that are dependent on your business information.
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Social Media governance > the importance of it! Also in libraries

 

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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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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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Digital Librarianship & Social Media: the Digital Library as Conversation Facilitator

Digital Librarianship & Social Media: the Digital Library as Conversation Facilitator | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Digital Librarianship & Social Media: the Digital Library as Conversation Facilitator

Robert A. Schrier
Syracuse University
raschrie@syr.edu 

doi:10.1045/july2011-schrier

 

Abstract

Digital collections marketing is an important, yet often ignored aspect of digital collection management. While many collections are laudable for the quality of their pictures, metadata, and preservation techniques, they often remain obscure, unknown, and therefore inaccessible to their intended user populations. One of the ways digital librarians can cultivate a broader awareness of their collections is through social networking. More importantly, digital librarians who participate in conversations with users through the use of social media become inextricably intertwined with the knowledge creation processes relevant to their collections. This paper presents a set of five general principles (listening, participation, transparency, policy, and strategy) that provide digital librarians with straightforward, concrete strategies for successfully integrating social media into a digital library's overall strategic plan. In addition to these concrete strategies, I also explain the theoretical importance of each principle and its relevance for establishing a rapport with current and potential users of a digital collection.

 
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Great article! Social Media helping to promote digital collections!

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Why you need social media recordkeeping

Why you need social media recordkeeping | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Author: Kate Cumming

Social media is such an opportunity for government service improvement and for genuine community engagement.

But it is a risk to government if the transition of business to social environments is not supported by quality information governance frameworks. So work closely with others in your organisation to ensure good information governance operates across all areas of your business, including your social environments.

Developing information governance frameworks for social media will ensure that this important new form of corporate business intelligence is used to better meet community needs, is aligned with corporate strategy and contributes to business outcomes.

It is therefore important to consider how your business can be improved by the making, keeping and using of social media records.

 

- See more at: http://futureproof.records.nsw.gov.au/why-you-need-social-media-recordkeeping/#sthash.2Zr564fI.dpuf



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Good argument for social media recordkeeping!

Social media content are disappearing, if we do not take care of it!

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E-informing the public: Libraries and e-government | Library Connect

E-informing the public: Libraries and e-government | Library Connect | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Luanne Freund:

"Academic and public libraries have long played an important role in society by managing, disseminating and preserving government information, making it available to researchers, policy makers and the public. With the shift to “digital government,” in which the government delivers information and services to the public directly through online channels, the role of libraries is changing, leading to new challenges and opportunities. The E-informing the Public research project, carried out at the University of British Columbia in Canada, investigates the shift to digital government and its impact on public access to government information."
- See more at: http://libraryconnect.elsevier.com/articles/supporting-users-organizations/2013-08/e-informing-public-libraries-and-e-government#sthash.dSDdQpcl.dpuf

 


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Digital government and its impact on public libraries!

Part of the Library Connect Newsletter, The Social Library.

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Digital Government and Access to Government information

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The Social Library — 2013

The Social Library — 2013 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Library Connect Newsletter, Vol 11, no 2:

"Did the social library begin with using social media to promote library content, or was it about networking with peers in different locations? Regardless, the channels increased, the tools proliferated, and social began to take on a whole new form.

Social as a means to communicate, create and connect. Though we can only scratch the surface of social here, I’d like to explore interesting trends and share useful tips. Altmetrics is a burgeoning field trying to take the measure of social in terms of impact, while my interview with Mendeley’s William Gunn examines social in relation to research networks and discovery.

Librarians are also under pressure to manage and deliver social content. Librarians from University of Surrey, Cincinnati State Technical & Community College, and De La Salle University offer practical advice.

With this issue, let’s get content under control and venture into other realms of the social library. - See more at: http://libraryconnect.elsevier.com/newsletters/technology-content/2013-08/social-library-2013#sthash.g8JdSLJA.dpuf


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Great resource of articles for librarians engaged in social media for the library.

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, September 9, 2013 12:55 PM

A good information resource on social media and Librarians.

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Free Web 2.0 Tools for Libraries

Free Technology and Web 2.0Tools for Your Library Teresa S. Welsh, Ph.D. teresa.welsh@usm.edu Stacy Creel, Ph.D.
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Slideshare of free Web 2.0 tools for the library! Great resource!

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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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