LinkedIn is a great social networking site for professionals. You can use it to connect with co-workers past and present, track of your past job experiences, and connect with others in different professions. As many libraries in a small state know, there is not always enough money in the budget to pay for expensive guest lecturers or performers. LinkedIn is a great tool to use to explore the wide range of jobs out there today. It is possible through cultivating friendships with other members in the community, you can talk to them about doing a program for free at the library or work in conjunction with a local bookstore to host a specific speaker.
If you are looking to explore a new job opportunity in your current field or a new field, you can post your resume for others to see. This can make searching for a new job less of a headache. Social networking can be used in very helpful and effective ways if you put your mind to it and work towards a specific goal. LinkedIn is free to use and you can easily install the app onto your smartphone or tablet to manage your account where ever you may go. It can be used as an effective tool to in working towards professional and/or personal goals you have set for yourself.
Facebook and Goodreads and Instagram oh my! Yes I know it’s technically “Lions and Tigers and Bears oh my!” Random fact about myself, when I was five I did have a pair of dress up ruby red slippers which I adored. There are pictures of me playing dress up in my Bri’s hats and jewelery wearing them. Anyways back to the topic on hand.
Social network site # 1 Facebook: Facebook has been around for ten years now. I originally joined when it was designed for college students to find out about parties and to connect with others away at different schools. Let’s fast forward to present day where Facebook has become so much more than finding out what parties are happening this weekend. I have used Facebook in my personal and professional life for a few years now. In my personal life its a way to stay connected with friends and family, who may live ten minutes away or three days drive away. In a professional capacity, I use Facebook to manage the library’s page. It is a great way to promote upcoming programs, library closings (we used Facebook to tell patrons about the library closing due to frozen pipes for example), share reading lists, pictures from programs at the library, etc. Every so often I like to post a message and a book related picture thanking all of our fans and let people know how many amazing fans we have. We are currently at 222. You can check out our page by looking up “Pierson Library”.
Social network #2 Goodreads: Now if you are like me it’s very possible you don’t remember every single book you have read without possibly looking at the book cover or reading a summary of the book. This is where Goodreads is a good idea. You can create a profile and select the genre(s) you read and they will list books which fall into said genre. After I created a profile, I was going through the books they gave me in different genres and most likely drove my best friend/roommate crazy talking to myself as I checked off books I’ve read and/or want to read when I have a minute. Thankfully she is also a reader and doesn’t complain that I have books all over the apartment. Another aspect I like about the Goodreads app is I am able to download eBooks directly to my phone and scan the ISBN of the books I am currently reading. As my guy friends know if they leave me alone in a bar I will pull out my phone and read whatever book is currently on it. It is possible I will be able to theoretically keep track of everything I’m reading, have read, and want to read, while checking out what friends have read so I can pick their brains.
Social network #3 Instagram: I have been using Instagram in my personal life for a while. It’s a great way to share photos with friends and family. You can use hash tags when posting pictures. It is possible to link your Instagram to your Facebook page to share the photos with friends who may or may not also have an Instagram account. It is very possible come this spring and summer I will be using my Instagram account a lot to post pictures of birthdays and my little sisters upcoming wedding.
To tweet or not to tweet that is the question. Please excuse my paraphrasing of the Bard. This week I created a twitter handle, if you like you can add me it is: @kmbear623, to explore how twitter can be used in both my personal life and my professional life. I can say in my personal life it has had very little impact as twitter is not something my family and friends use on a daily basis. I suppose you could say we are old fashioned in the sense we prefer to send each other random texts or messages on Facebook. We have even been known to talk to each other on the phone. Personally I will add, I do love the fact I was able to link my twitter account to Flipboard to use a single app to manage several apps. If you are interested in hearing more of my thoughts on Flipboard, read the post “Exploring a personal unknown: RSS”.
The idea of using twitter in a professional manor, I have to admit intrigues me. I started to follow several libraries around the state and a few local businesses to see how they use it as a promotional tool in a very technology driven world. In my observations I can see how using twitter to promote a specific program or announcing closing the library early / opening late due to weather is a way to communicate with the community at large in a timely manner. The idea of only using 140 characters can create a challenge in finding a way to effectively grab the reader’s attention and promote a program in a way that is effective and efficient. As a creative stand point it is intriguing to see what keywords will draw the reader in and compel them to inquire further. It would be interesting to experiment using twitter as a library to see if it would strengthen our ties with the community and possibly use it to attract people who may not think to come to the library to check it out.
I believe I will try twitter for a little while longer, it is possible it will grow upon me.
Up until now I have been familiar with all of my lesson posts; Flickr, YouTube, Podcasts, even working on WordPress. RSS (Really Simple Syndication) has me confused. There are many different ways of learning about RSS and it wasn’t until I watched the movie clip on Common Craft that it began to make sense to me. Here is the url to the movie clip I am referring too. http://www.commoncraft.com/video/rss
As most people I am rarely found not to have my phone with me. It made the most sense for me, personally, to find an app for my phone to create a RSS feed for personal use.The app I chose to go with was Flipboard, its a free app with a magazine style format. One aspect of this app I like is, I am able to link my Facebook and Instagram accounts. It is a one stop app for a quick update on what is going on. I love the blog The Refashionista, by adding it to my feed, every time the blog is updated I will be alerted.
It is very possible Flipboard will become the new app I turn to during moments of boredom or while waiting for friends. It is easy to add new subscriptions and to create new magazine boards. I no longer feel as if I am in the dark about RSS and I can see how in my personal life it can be very useful. I have yet to figure out how it can be applied to be used in a library. Once I am able to figure this out, I will share with others. Lesson #5
If you were to see me on the street or in the grocery store, it is possible you would not automatically think “ah yes she’s a librarian.” The reason for this is because while I do wear glasses, I typically have my contacts in for the simple reason they are easier on me when I work on the computer as I do typically all day long and if I’m not at work its a good bet I am wearing jeans. Another reason why you may not think I am your stereotypical librarian is because I have tattoos and a number of piercings in my ears and one in my nose. If you were to stop and ask me about any of my tattoos or piercings, I could tell you who I was with and how old I was when I got all of them. They are physical reminders of very dear memories.
The wonderful thing today about librarians is we come in all shapes, sizes, races, and backgrounds. We don’t all wear glasses or have our hair pulled back in a bun (yes I have been known to pull off that look) and we’re not all older women. Libraries are wonderful and dynamic places and the people who work in them are an extremely unique group of people. I don’t believe as people often ask me that libraries are becoming extinct for the simple reason we are more than just books. We have the unique ability to be a community center, a place of learning, we provide services like computers and internet for everyone, magazines, DVD’s as movie rental stores become few and far between, and a source of free programing for everyone from 0 to 99+. Librarians today are the keepers of physical book knowledge and have access to knowledge on the internet with the ability to decipher what are creditable sources.
So while I may still look young and not the stereotypical librarian, please excuse the pun, don’t judge a book by its cover. I may just surprise you with my knowledge of children’s literature, British comedies, or technological knowledge.
The picture above was taken a few years ago by my Marms. Its a picture of my Bri (grandmother) and I, just to show what I look like.
As a lot of people of my generation I have iTunes installed on my phone and on my computer to listen to music, watch movies, and listen to podcasts. There is something about listening to an author talk about their book or to hear another person reviewing a list of books that creates a feeling of talking with a friend. An added bonus to podcasts are there are no commercials interrupting the discussion. What can make or break a podcast is a person’s reading voice. As someone who reads a lot of book reviews the words can sometimes start to swim in front of your eyes.
Creating podcasts for your library its a great way to broadcast a book for a book group discussion or a book vs. movie discussion in conjunction with YouTube for the movie trailer. The Seattle Public Library has a great selection of podcasts that consist of authors talking about a certain book. One I listened to was Hild by Nicola Griffith. The book first caught my attention when I was cataloging it for our collection because of the rich turquoise and purple shades of the foreground of the cover. (Yes I do know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but if a book has a pretty cover I will stop to read the jacket.) Nicola Griffith has the type of voice which is perfect for reading aloud. It draws you in and welcomes you to sit and listen. After listening to the podcast I will be adding her book to my never ending list of books.
If you are new to podcasts and are interested in listening to an author talk about their books, I would suggest checking out the Seattle Public Library’s website. Here is the link: http://www.spl.org/library-collection/podcasts In exploring available podcasts I was able to find one for Ted Talks for free on iTunes. Before this I will admit, I had only thought to look for Ted Talks on YouTube. Ted Talks are great to listen to if you are busy cooking dinner or if you simply need a moment of inspiration or encouragement if you are having a bad day.
If you have any suggestions of podcasts or books I should add to my never ending list please leave a comment!
As many of my friends know from asking me about how my day at work is, I can forget they are not librarians and half the technical jargon I rattle off makes no sense to them. On the other hand when I’m at work it’s so easy to talk with my boss about the differences in MARC records compared to RDA records and electronic book vs. physical book records. Sometimes it can be hard to find a middle ground between two very big aspects of my life. One thing though that everyone in my work life and regular life can agree on is that I frequently loose my desk under stacks of books. I am often in the middle of either entering in new books or changing the sub-location of existing books in the collection in hopes of boosting circulation or to create a new genre section, i.e. graphic novels. Here is an example of how frequently loose my desk. Back to work on Monday to find my desk for five minutes as I move stacks of books from my desk to the work room to cover before going out to the public. New lesson post coming soon!