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Library Ethics and Social Media

The Jefferson County Public Library (CO) recently came under fire for allegedly posting politically sensitive tweets on the library’s Twitter account.

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YA Writer Dishes on Parody Twitter Account

If you wonder how much humor could possibly be centered on the concept of the fabulously good-looking but somewhat maladjusted teen, male protagonist, you clearly need to check out Broody.

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Lessons From a Meme Librarian

Amanda Brennan, a content and community associate at Tumblr, is perhaps better known as the “meme librarian,” thanks to a recent feature in the Washington Post.[1] Brennan studies memes from their inception to their inevitable disappearance into cyberspace, looks at real-time trends and conversations across the site, conducts data analysis, and works on large-scale projects such as Tumblr’s Year in Review. Prior to taking the position at Tumblr, she catalogued memes for Know Your Meme, a website devoted to tracking the popular graphics. I recently had the pleasure of chatting with Brennan about her experience.

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Share Your Library’s Impact with Digital Advocacy

Whether you’re helping a senior citizen use a tablet for the first time or helping a fifth grader with a research report, your library is doing amazing work every day. But does your community know it? And how can you tell your library’s story to increase public support?

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Libraries of Instagram

It’s easy to be overwhelmed as libraries worldwide are posting on Instagram, but specific hashtags can help find hidden gems.

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Data Librarians in Public Libraries

I wrote a few months ago about the data skills that future academic librarians can develop—but what would a data librarian look like in a public library? In this post, I’d like to review a few data concepts, outline potential differences between academic and public librarians, and suggest ways that public librarians could bring data to their patrons.

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To Join, Or Not To Join

As someone who is, relatively speaking, a newcomer to working in a library, I have vacillated about whether or not I would like to join a proper library association. There are many things to consider.

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Miami-Dade Public Library Advocacy Efforts Succeed – Will Yours?

Over the past few years, the Miami-Dade Public Library has faced the brutal reality of continually decreased funding in a time when more and more citizens have been utilizing the library.

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Essential Tools for the Today’s Cybrarians

Currently, I am taking a course in Web 2.0/Social Media. The only social media platform I use with any frequency is Facebook, but I recognize that as librarians, it’s important for us to learn about what else is out there.

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Moving Readers’ Advisory Online

Readers’ advisory is a unique service that public libraries can be the “best” at. By moving readers’ advisory to the virtual world, librarians can better reach their users.

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Censorship, Tea Leaves, and Social Media

In the July/August 2013 issue of Technology Review (vol 116, no. 4), there is a brief article “Reading the Tea Leaves of Censorship,” by Tom Simonite. The article explains how scientist , monitoring censorship on social media sites that are occuring in China, can predict political events happening (or about to happen) within the country. This article intrigued me.

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Social Media: Being in the Moment

The February blizzard in New England prompted a three-day citywide closure of all Boston Public Library locations while the snow was cleared. Like many other cities and towns in the area, Boston faced a wintry weekend and all library programs were either cancelled or postponed.

The intense storm brought about something else for Boston Public Library: one of its busiest social media weekends on record. The storm forced the library, productively speaking, to move off its slate of scheduled social media posts and participate in Boston’s in-the-moment conversations. It was a healthy reminder to the organization about the power of being present.