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Social Media

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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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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Chairing meetings and other things...

For some time now, I’ve been chairing meetings of various descriptions in a variety of settings. Back in my retail days I chaired meetings with my teams and with other managers. In public libraries I chaired the weekly staff briefings, in academic libraries I’ve chaired various social media group meetings and I’ve chaired a number […]

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NAG social media workshop

The following is a write-up of the social media workshop I ran at the NAG conference last year. The article was published in the Winter 2014/2015 edition of NAG’s Taking Stock journal. The slides I used in the workshop are also available online. In the current climate, how we communicate with our users within both […]

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Jisc technology student research

A couple of weeks ago, Jisc announced some interesting findings regarding a survey into how students use technology. I was particularly interested in the top line stuff because I’m currently chair of our library service’s social media group and the university has also distributed tablets to all undergrads with their bursary. Unfortunately, the raw data […]

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Creating engaging images for social media

At our most recent social media group meeting, we talked about how we can better utilise images on all of our social media channels. Last year it was arranged for a photographer to come to the library and take a range of professional shots of the library, the people using it and the staff. Since […]

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Exploiting user internet behaviours using social media

As noted in my previous post on the NAG conference, this was the first time I had been invited to run a workshop at a conference. I have delivered several presentations in the past, but never a workshop. Consequently, I was a little unsure how to approach this, particularly as it was a workshop on […]

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