This week’s challenge: “Find out what kind of social media your library uses and if it would be useful, follow them! Make a post, tweet, etc. about what you found useful!”
My library uses the following social media:
I think that’s all of the accounts! I didn’t realize how many there are. I follow the library on Facebook and read the main blog. I recently discovered the Flickr account while completing my individual practicum project last semester at the head branch. I did not know about the YouTube account, so I just checked it out and there are videos about programs, recordings of events, and how-to tutorials. The account doesn’t appear to be utilized too much – prior to two weeks ago, the last upload was one year ago and then three years ago. But, the videos that are there look like good resources. The Flickr account has many photos and is frequently updated. I like to see what’s happening at the different library branches. I like the main library blog because the posts are always substantial and thoughtful. I particularly like the posts that discuss a subject and provide book reviews, such as this post about the history of cities. Does your library maintain a blog?
- Space – A poster board displayed eight photos of libraries. You received three stickers to place under the library setting you liked best. On another board, you could write a sticky note explaining why you chose that setting.
- Collections – Ten jars were labeled with different library collections (digital media, books, Aboriginal resources, etc.). You received ten tokens to deposit in the jars to indicate which collections in which you think the library should invest. Again, you could write a sticky note explaining why you chose those collections.
- Programs and Services – You received a paper with an alter ego and had to write how you thought the library could best meet that character’s needs. My persona was a budding young writer – this was easy as that used to be me!
- Community Involvement – A giant map of the city hung on the wall. You received a sticky note to mark your favourite aspect about your neighbourhood and how the library might become involved in that aspect.
The Ideas Fairs are put of a two month public consultation stage of the WPL’s strategic planning process called “Inspiring Ideas”. From the website:
“Input gathered during the public consultation process will be used to help shape the future direction of Winnipeg Public Library by helping set the development of a new five-year Strategic Plan that will include goals and actions for the Library to pursue.”