Monthly Archives: February 2013

Vine Offers Boundless Creativity for Libraries; Have You Heard?

Vine has been generating a great deal of buzz recently. The iOS app (owned by Twitter) has many users tinkering with the six second video capture see what it can do—both personally and professionally. We would be remiss if we did not mention actor Adam Goldberg, who has shown Vine users how powerful the app can really be (BlackBookMag.com has already crowned the actor ‘King of Vine’). Additionally, Turkish journalist Tulin Daloglu was able to use Vine to capture the aftermath of a terrorist attack on a US Embassy by a suicide bomber. These two instances of give us a great framework of possible use for the app in our communications both personally and professionally in either artistic or realist fashion.


 

So the questions is: how can libraries use Vine to their advantage? Are there libraries on Vine? Well, it doesn’t appear there are very many yet. Searching for libraries on Vine is quite a challenge. Luckily, most Vine users use their Twitter handles to create a Vine account, which makes it easier to track down users on Vine. However, since the technology is still new, there are not many libraries onboard.

 

Here is a list of libraries that are early adopters of Vine:

UCLA Powell Library — @UCLA_Powell
https://vine.co/v/brBgBDKIIet

The Mid Manhattan Library — @MidManhattanlib
https://vine.co/v/bJ3gTWrIHtZ

Topeka + Shawnee Public Library — @TopekaLibrary
https://vine.co/v/bJt25Kgezqp

SAMK Kirjasto (Satakunta University of Applied Sciences Library, Pori, Finland) — @SAMKlibrary
https://vine.co/v/bnQQ6xiBQW9

Falvey Library, Villanova University — @FalveyLibrary video posting in app; not shared to Twitter account

Brookline Library — @brklib
https://vine.co/v/bnEUZYKvVwh

Plymouth Libraries — @plymlibraries
https://vine.co/v/b1357QgKOhM

New York Institute of Technology Library — @NYITLibrary
https://vine.co/v/bvUxAuPbFZa

York Libraries — @YorkLibraries
https://vine.co/v/bJrWU2UdOUb

Lansdowne Public Library — @Lanspublibrary
https://vine.co/v/bruHhXbKdX6

Schaumburg Township District Library — @stdl
https://vine.co/v/b17je6Bl1DQ

 

Maybe these libraries have given you ideas of how to use Vine to reach patrons? These are the early stages of the app, and the potential is huge. Get on board and make something creative for your patrons!

 

I spent hours poring through Vine/Hootsuite Search Combinations/et cetera, so, I apologize if I have left out any libraries using Vine. Please post the details in the comments section so we can all see what you’re making!

Robert Mitchell is an MLIS candidate at the University of North Texas’ hybrid/distance based program that works in connection with the California State University, Northridge Library. Currently, he is a social media intern at UCLA Powell Library. He is interested in information systems, digital humanities, and digital libraries. He hopes to use social media and design to reach patrons and increase library relevancy. Follow him on Instagram and Twitter @RobertMitchellV and LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/robertbeatymitchell.

 

20 Great Public Library Websites

It IS possible to create a great website for a public library! Here are twenty examples…check them out!

 

#1

Multnomah County Library · Multnomah County, Oregon · http://www.multcolib.org

Emphasis on:

  1. Catalog searching
  2. Multi-lingual support
  3. Social media

 

#2

Salt Lake City Public Library System · Salt Lake City, UT · http://www.slcpl.org

Emphasis on:

  1. Carousel
  2. Library services
  3. Social media

 

#3

Cleveland Public Library · Cleveland, Ohio, USA · http://www.cpl.org

Emphasis on:

  1. Carousel
  2. New acquisitions
  3. Mobile experience

 

#4

Iowa City Public Library · Iowa City, Iowa · http://www.icpl.org

Emphasis on:

  1. Programming
  2. Mobile experience
  3. Young people

 

#5

Princeton Public Library · Princeton NJ · http://princetonlibrary.org

Emphasis on:

  1. Carousel
  2. Catalog searching
  3. Blog

 

#6

Columbus Metropolitan Library · Columbus, OH · http://www.columbuslibrary.org

Emphasis on:

  1. E-books
  2. Carousel
  3. Social media

 

#7

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh · Pittsburgh, PA · http://www.carnegielibrary.org

Emphasis on:

  1. Carousel
  2. Young people
  3. Social media

 

#8

Lawrence Public Library · Lawrence, KS · http://www.lawrencepubliclibrary.org

Emphasis on:

  1. Carousel
  2. Mobile experience
  3. Social media

 

#9

Brantford Public Library · Brantford, Ontario, Canada · http://brantford.library.on.ca

Emphasis on:

  1. Catalog searching
  2. Social media
  3. Carousel

 

#10

St. Louis County Library · St. Louis, MO · http://slcl.org

Emphasis on:

  1. Carousel
  2. Social media
  3. Catalog searching

 

#11

Daniel Boone Regional Library · Boone & Callaway Co, Missouri · http://www.dbrl.org

Emphasis on:

  1. Library news
  2. Mobile experience
  3. Catalog searching

 

#12

Arlington Public Library · Arlington, VA · http://library.arlingtonva.us

Emphasis on:

  1. New acquisitions
  2. Multi-lingual support
  3. Carousel

 

#13

New York Public Library · Bx, Manhattan, SI · http://www.nypl.org

Emphasis on:

  1. Catalog searching
  2. Navigation
  3. E-newsletter

 

#14

William F. Laman Public Library System · North Little Rock, AR · http://www.lamanlibrary.org

Emphasis on:

  1. Graphics
  2. Young people
  3. Catalog searching

 

#15

Scottsdale Public Library · Scottsdale, AZ · http://www.scottsdalelibrary.org

Emphasis on:

  1. New acquisitions
  2. Social media
  3. Carousel

 

#16

Los Angeles Public Library · Los Angeles, California, USA · http://www.lapl.org

Emphasis on:

  1. Multi-lingual support
  2. Young people
  3. Social media

 

#17

Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library · Topeka · http://www.tscpl.org

Emphasis on:

  1. Carousel
  2. Young people
  3. Catalog searching

 

#18

McAllen Public Library · McAllen, TX · http://www.mcallenlibrary.net

Emphasis on:

  1. Carousel
  2. Library news
  3. Catalog searching

 

#19

Oak Park Public Library · Oak Park, IL · http://www.oppl.org

Emphasis on:

  1. New acquisitions
  2. Events
  3. Catalog searching

 

#20

Birmingham Public Library · Birmingham, Alabama · http://www.bplonline.org

Emphasis on:

  1. Carousel
  2. Local indexes created in-house
  3. Blog

 

You can read about the things that these important libraries are doing at Library Science Daily. I publish it every morning.

 

Here I tried to list libraries that had beautiful websites. Did I fail to mention your library’s website? Leave a comment!