The following are three of my favourite social media tools to be used in a library.
There are so many ways Instagram can be used to interact with the public.
- Highlighting new additions to the collection
- Publicising library events
- Showing what goes on behind the scenes
- Showcasing staff members’ favourite authors
- Soliciting feedback
Life Behind the Stacks from State Library of Victoria is a stand-out.
Pinterest isn’t just popular with individual members of the public. Many organisations have begun to utilise it and libraries have done so with great success.
- Promoting library activities
- Creating reading lists
- Pinning book covers
- Collecting ideas for library displays
- Showcasing learning-related infographics
- Sharing craft projects
Yarra Plenty Regional Library have had a really interesting idea by using DDC to name their boards.
Libraries can leverage Twitter in many different ways, but it is most often used to broadcast information.
- Report library happenings
- Showcase new collections and/or exhibitions
- Solicit feedback
- Monitor other library-related tweets by monitoring #hashtags
- Engage users and build a community
The British Library tweets quality information on a regular basis.