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Doing a MOOC thing...on photography

I’m generally not one for signing up for online courses. I did one a little while back and although it was interesting, I don’t think I really gained a lot from it and I certainly wasn’t able to engage with it as much as I would like. Although nominally you can do these courses at […]

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Using Instagram in libraries...

I’ve not been posting much on here this year (hello start of academic year), but that’s not to say that not much has been happening. Of course we launched our new YouTube channel over the summer and we’ve seen it pay real benefits in terms of answering student queries. But we’ve also seen our Instagram […]

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Using images and video on social media

As I’ve noted in previous posts, we’ve been working quite hard on our Instagram and YouTube presence over the past few weeks, to the extent that the former has now become one of our most important communications tools (more so than Facebook). To that end, I thought I’d write a quick post listing some of […]

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Creating video to promote library services

As I noted in a previous post, one of the things that we’ve really focused on over the summer in preparation for the coming year is putting together some fresh video content that we can use on a variety of social media platforms. As yet we haven’t really used much video content, and our existing […]

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Anatomy of a library induction teaser trailer

A couple of days ago I had the idea of creating a short library induction advert for the start of the new year. The plan for the coming year in terms of social media is to really go for it with video content. We’ve had a real focus on images in the past year (hello […]

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Promoting your library on Facebook and Instagram

For a long time I’ve not really talked about Facebook Pages when I’ve been speaking at events and things about using social media effectively. Ever since the introduction of the paid model to reach more of the people who like your page, I’ve kinda considered it not to be worthy of the time and effort […]

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Digital divide, Edward Snowden and MmIT

Just a quick post to prove that this blog still exists as a thing and hasn’t been completely forgotten about. Part of the reason for the forlorn nature of both my main blogs is that I have been busy in all my spare time working on a journal article (my first!). I’m still working on […]

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LISDIS: Community libraries and the digital divide

All being well, right about now I should be delivering a presentation at the first LISDIS conference about my dissertation on volunteer run libraries and the digital divide (turns out I posted this after my presentation). I was really pleased to have been accepted to present at this conference, not only because it is the […]

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Visitors and residents - a social media workshop

A little while ago I was approached by the Kent branch of CILIP to deliver a tour of my library and run a workshop similar to that which I ran at the NAG conference last year. I was a little bit nervous about the session (there’s something about being invited to do something that puts […]

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Information Skills Workshops

I’ve banged on a little bit in the past about using Mentimeter as a live polling tool with students in my workshops – particularly in terms of crowd-sourcing keywords. Recently I tried it out as a pure polling tool in an information skills workshop, specifically in relation to a quick test to teach the students […]

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