Library Social Media Ambassador

Library Social Media Ambassador

I just signed up to be a social media ambassador for my local library, the Austin Public Library. I am interested to see how this program works and if it is effective. Basically they are asking you to help them spread the word about all the services they have to offer as that seems to be the one of the biggest barriers public libraries have.

From the APL Social Media Ambassador page:

Social Media Ambassadors

 The Austin Public Library invites you to participate in extending our reach into the community by becoming a Social Media Ambassador or #APLambassador. Help raise awareness of the Library on social media and at the same time, raise the Library’s awareness of you, its supporter.

Become a Social Media Ambassador

No application is required. Simply sign up to receive #APLambassador emails. The Library is active on several social media platforms. We’re organizing ambassadors across platforms through emails by individual staff members that we’ll send to your inbox. We’ll give you the scoop on Library programs and projects and highlight relevant hashtags. We’ll also update you on the New Central Library opening in November 2016.

What We’re Asking Ambassadors to Do

In addition to reading #APLambassador emails:

Of course, I am huge advocate for my local library and social media user so this isn’t such a stretch for me. I look forward to seeing what all the program entails and if it might be replicated elsewhere. Will report back!

The Library Facebook Images Dropbox Collection

The Library Facebook Images Dropbox Collection

A guy named Ben Bizzle created a Dropbox folder called “Library Facebook Images Dropbox” to collect and share freely images that libraries could use on social media. What a wonderful tool! The collection has apparently grown to over 1,000 images with more than 800 librarians accessing the content. It seems they have outgrown Dropbox and moved the collection to You can sign up for an account and find images in categories like animals, banned, cover photos, memes, and quotes!

The Dropbox folder will be gone as of June 1.

via The Dropbox | Library Market.

Twitter Chats for Librarians & Educators

Twitter Chats for Librarians & Educators

I have come and gone from Twitter over the years but have recently started up again since also starting this blog. Twitter is my favorite professional  social media platform. I have recently started participating in several weekly Twitter chats for librarians and educators. Hack Library School pulled a list of the top hashtags for librarians about a year ago. I wanted to add hashtags for educators and any others that might have started up since.

Here are just a few of the regular chats I know of:

This is a great infographic of chats for librarians but I think some of the information is outdated.

Cybraryman has compiled a large list of hashtags, list of regular education Twitter chats, and calendar of chats.

Every Monday at 9-10pm Eastern

I Need A Library Job- Information Professionals working to help find & share jobs & job hunting advice

Teacher Librarian Chat

2nd Monday each month at 8pm Eastern

Every Tuesday at 8pm Central, lasts 30 minutes

Texas librarians (but not limited to) come together to share resources, collaborate, and make connections.

Every Wednesday at 8:30pm Central

Texas educators

Every Wednesday from 8-9:30pm Eastern

Books, libraries, and technology

Every Thursday, 9pm Eastern

Conducted by the Association for Library Services to Children so covers a wide range of youth services topics

Texas Educator Chat Sunday Nights 8-9pm Central: An informal space for connecting educators.

The last Sunday of each month from 8-9 pm EST. They talk about how to best promote reading to our students and the titles we can share with them (and each other)

LibTechWomen is a supportive space for women and their friends to network, develop skills, build confidence, and lead positive change. This one isn’t on Twitter but on IRC. I haven’t participated in this one but thought it was worth including here.

We Need Diverse Books! Not a regular Twitter chat but they have informed me that their aim is for once a month and to look for one in April!

Discussing critical pedagogy in libraries. A Google doc of topics past and future can be found here .

Tuesday nights at 6pm Pacific/ 7pm Mountain/ 8pm Central/ 9pm Eastern; will start on an every-other-Tuesday rotation from April 7th and on

Discussing… you guessed it, YA lit!

Sundays at 8pm CST

Are you on Twitter? Do you follow any good Twitter Chats? Let me know and I will add them!

5 Steps to Marketing Library Services Using Social Media

5 Steps to Marketing Library Services Using Social Media

Today I gave my presentation on marketing library services using social media at the Texas Library Association’s 2015 Annual Conference in Austin. For some reason, the app was not making the slides available so I wanted to make them available here and below. Please let me know if you have anything to add or any questions!


Free webinar series on technology tools from the Texas State Library

This is a series that TSLAC has been doing for several years now. I just registered for the first one in late April on Social Media. They topics they are going to cover are

  • Social Media: Needs Analysis
  • Social Media: Marketing Strategy
  • Social Media: Engaging Patrons
  • Online Fundraising
  • Arduino (mail order kits for building digital and interactive devices

The archive going back to 2010 is also available. Register for the current series or view the archive here.

Please join us for a special series with technology trainer, Christine Walczyk, all about popular online tools. The series is meant to be short on talk about library context and higher concepts. It’s really all about the tools themselves! Our aim is to demonstrate how to use one tool in each webinar in under 60 minutes with time for Q&A built in.

Christine Walczyk is currently a PhD candidate at the University of North Texas in Library & Information Science as well as an independent technology/library consultant with Trainers-R-Us.. She has 10+ years in libraries and is a former software trainer.

via Webinars | TSLAC.