Have you been invited to “check out my stuff on Pinterest” yet? It’s a social media tool based on recommendations and works like a virtual pinboard. You can aggregate a ton of visuals to tell your story and users browse your pinboard. (Just today I was saying that libraries need to redefine the word “browsing ”.) Lots of libraries are exploring how to use Pinterest to promote their work.
Mashable is a great source of information on Pinterest to get you going, including this beginner’s guide and list of top brands using e. Pinterest is growing at a rate that’s outpacing Google+….I think because it is so visually rich and a lot more fun than Google+.
At Columbus Metropolitan Library we’re using Pinterest to pin book covers in order to showcase our collection. We’re also use it to showcase historic photographs (especially since Columbus is now celebrating our bicentennial.) Pinterest works great to give visibility to our gallery shows and a host of other things. Here’s a snapshot at how we’re pinning books:
Some libraries on Pinterest include:
- Muncie Public Library
- Awesome Library, Kitsap, WA
- Fullerton Public Library
- Northeast Kansas Library System
- Clermont County Public Library
- Omaha Public Library
- BookExpo and NoveList are also on there.
So check it out. Once you get the hang of it you’ll love how it can visualize so much of what you have to offer the public!