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Facebook (Michael Cruickshank)

Facebook can seem pretty intimidating, so once you have completed all three modules, give yourself permission to just muck around and get dirty. Take your time and try out one new thing each day, because the more you know about Facebook, the more you can make it work for you or your library.

It’s not feasible to try to examine all the components that make up the user experience of Facebook here, rather this is an attempt to provide the basics required to set up and get started.

 What is it?

“Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world  more open and connected” (https://www.facebook.com/facebook)

About Facebook

Facebook is the world’s largest and most popular social networking tool that allows you to connect with your friends, family, co-workers, and people all over the world. It also provides a platform  for sharing anything you find on the internet or have  saved on your computer or device with all of your ‘friends’ with just one click. It provides a multi-media experience tailored to your interests. Facebook, unlike many other social media platforms, allows you to have control over your privacy settings such as who exactly can see each post. Libraries can use it to promote programs and activities, to engage with their patrons on all sorts of topics and issues, thereby increasing the presence of the library in their daily lives. Facebook allows a library to promote special events, or create ‘groups‘ for books clubs or teen programs so participants can continue to contribute outside of library walls or specific time frames. It is a perfect way to keep patrons informed about any information that needs to be spread widely and quickly, and its free!

 How do I get set up?

Screen Shot 2013-10-26 at 10.58.13 AM Getting set up with Facebook is easy: Go to www. facebook.com and provide your first and last name, a current e-mail address, and your date of birth. Create a password, click ‘Sign Up.’ Welcome to Facebook!

Okay, I’m Signed up. Now what? 

Screen ShotFacebook is huge, with 1 110 million users, as of March 31 2013, so you probably already know lots of people who use it. Facebook will  ask you to share some of your existing contact lists from various e-mail addresses you may have, showing you all those people in your contacts who already have Facebook accounts, and you can request to ‘friend’ them by clicking on the “request friend” button by their names.

Your “friends” are all the people you make a connection with over Facebook. There is a tab near the top of your Facebook home page appropriately called “Find Friends,” you can use this tab anytime to find people you might know.  The link leads you through various steps and options that will allow you to find people you already know, be it from e-mail addresses in your contacts list, or because Facebook recognizes you and your “Friends” are likely have mutual friends as well. You can also search for specific people by name, city, or common event, like members of your high school grad year, or even your hometown.

Facebook will prompt you to upload your first picture, and this will be your profile picture, so follow the instructions on the screen. You can take a picture instantly using a webcam or mobile device, or you can upload a picture from your computer or device.

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Pinterest (Brenda Dyck)

What is Pinterest?

Pinterest is the digital version of a bulletin board or a scrapbook.  It is a tool for collecting and organizing things that you like.  With Pinterest, you can “pin” any image or video onto a pinboard and arrange your boards by categories or subjects.  Users can browse other pinboards for images, “re-pin” images to their own pinboards, or pin images directly from the internet.  You can also set up group boards to share ideas on a specific subject or collaborate on a project.

Pinterest provides a place for libraries to share ideas on displays, promotions, adult and children’s programming, new technology, advocacy and staff development.  It has broader implications as a research tool for patrons, students and library professionals.

Click here to see a list of 25 libraries and how they are using Pinterest.   Here’s how a library-themed pinboard looks :


What do I need to get set up?

All you need is an internet connection and an email address.  Pinterest no longer requires that you request an invitation.


Pinterest  gives you the option to sign up with your email or with your facebook account.  If you decide to use facebook, it will import the email address that you use for facebook as well as your birthday, personal description and likes.


If you have any questions or concerns, the help center has instant answers and can also provide assistance by email.


OK, I’m signed up…now what?

Watch this tutorial and then start pinning!

Pinterest features the “Pin It” button that you can drag to your bookmarklets toolbar.  You can use it to pin images and videos directly to your pinboards from the internet.


Watch this tutorial to see how Pinterest links pins to original source material.

Remember to blog about your experience with Pinterest and share your thoughts on how you feel it could benefit your library.

Take it further…  

Create a pinboard of ideas pertaining to the next seasonal holiday.  Include interesting book covers, relevant authors, activities and visual display ideas.


If you would like to know more, check out the following links…

20 Great Ways Libraries Are Using Pinterest

Pinterest–search results for “libraries”

Pinterest–search results for “library author visits”

How to Use Pinterest for Your Library

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