Monday, December 19, 2011

An Interest in Pinterest

Today we have a guest blog from our YSS colleague Cassie Payne (Miss Pippi) from Menasha's Public Library!

Social Media is still a buzz word. Usually, it involves contacting your patrons, friends, or co-workers in new way and (hopefully) starting conversations with them. Let me introduce you to a new player on the Social Media front:  Pinterest.

Pinterest might be an old hat to some readers but if it’s new to you I would encourage you to stop by their website. Essentially, Pinners (Pinterest members) are creating virtual boards from pictures available on the World Wide Web. Browsers will find a wide variety of information available from fashion to food to early literacy and more! Many bloggers have their own Pinterest page and include a Pinterest button on their blog so people can easily follow them (as well as their Facebook and Twitter accounts). I started my own board a while ago and it has come in handy while collecting ideas for storytimes, programs, and bulletin boards. If others in your department or library have an account, Pinners can easily share ideas with one another.

If you’re interested in playing around with Pinterest, a new Webinar was just announced! Jill Patchin and Jessi Peterson (Eau Claire) and Georgia Jones are working together to show how they use Pinterest at the library.  I am looking forward to tuning in next year. Here’s a link if you would like more information about Pinterest for Librarians:

Happy pinning, friends!

Miss Pippi the Librarian

Image: 'Pricks'

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