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:
• The Mid Manhattan Library — @MidManhattanlib
• SAMK Kirjasto (Satakunta University of Applied Sciences Library, Pori, Finland) — @SAMKlibrary
• Falvey Library, Villanova University — @FalveyLibrary video posting in app; not shared to Twitter account
• Brookline Library — @brklib
• Plymouth Libraries — @plymlibraries
• New York Institute of Technology Library — @NYITLibrary
• York Libraries — @YorkLibraries
• Lansdowne Public Library — @Lanspublibrary
• Schaumburg Township District Library — @stdl
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.