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#anz23mthings Twitter Chat 4: Round up & Archive

31 Aug

Thank you, thank you to everyone who joined our chat on Wednesday! As always, it was cool to have so many ideas and voices. Our topic was Ebooks & Curation, and you can read the questions here. I love how these chats fly thick’n’fast; we meander around topics and bounce ideas, which sprout new thoughts.

MOOCs were mentioned early and there’s a lot of love for them. Likewise, Pinterest has many fans (surprise, surprise!). We discussed what makes a curator, a curator. Then we brainstormed our issues with vendors, ebooks, tablets and ereaders. We surmised what we already knew: information professionals are needed more than ever to guide customers. Yes the Internet rocks; but users need a dance teacher!


Click here to see a storify version of the archived chat – with pretty pictures!

We’d love to hear what you thought of the chat, so please leave us a comment 🙂

Looking back at #Thing14: Pinterest, Tumblr and

26 Aug

Good morning everyone; this week’s wrap of Thing14 Curating with Pinterest, Tumblr and is going to be brief, for a number of reasons, but hopefully I can capture the essence of what I thought was a great week. If you’ve fallen off the wagon, feel free to hop back on, because some people are just starting the journey – check out this tweet from Elizabeth Jane ‏@lizziejane23 Aug #anz23mthings got inspired to start the 23 things. Thanks Tapsister! #thing1 consider it done.

This week Renee (@stokesrenee) wrote: Wondering why Flipboard didn’t get a mention? Great social curation tool primarily for mobile. I guess the reply that springs to mind is that individuals write the weekly introductions so we each bring our own learnings and preferences to the table. Funnily enough, someone introduced me to Flipboard last night and I instantly thought it had a lot of potential. Thanks for raising it for #anz23mthing followers Renee.

Renee also blogged about #Thing14, which you can catch here, as she talks about using for a professional project.

Cath (@kiwilibrarian) blogged about how useful she finds Pinterest, and admits to dipping her toes into the waters of Tumblr.


Speaking of Pinterest, Karen ‏@KMalbon tweeted that she had Successfully added a book from our library catalogue. #anz23mthings #vicpln … via @pinterest


One of the things that stuck me this week was the variety of ways people are using Pinterest, the huge sense of community between librarians on Tumblr, and the fact that is increasingly being use for professional curation. If you haven’t had a chance to try out any of #Thing14 yet I’d urge you to have a play.

If you blogged this week and I missed it, please leave a comment as we’d love to include you.

Thing 14: Curating with Pinterest, Tumblr, and

19 Aug

for Tumblr T-shirt Contest /02 bv albyantoniazzi on Flickr (CC)

I was pleased as punch to get this week’s Thing as I spend the majority of my free time giggling from posts on Tumblr. I think libraries and GLAM organisations will find that their pre-existing curatorial skills should make the transition to curating through social tools easy. In this Thing, we are particularly looking at Tumblr, Pinterest, and

Pinterest was the fastest social network site to reach 10 million users in 2011 and Tumblr has been in the press recently as Yahoo acquired the service for $1.1 billion. So why are these so popular?

Curatorial tools give users easy ways in which to gather their favourite interests across the internet and host all the pictures, recipes, conversations, news articles, links, videos in one place. The popularity of these particular curatorial tools is because of the social aspect: the community that evolves through the sharing of similar items (such as the fandom communities on Tumblr or the military spouses on Pinterest).

Pinterest + iPad = Love by bunchesandbits on Flickr (CC)


– Pinterest gives users the ability to create their own virtual ‘pinboard’ which can be arranged by topic. The pins of pictures or videos can be ‘repinned’ on someone else’s board which can be either public, private, or a community board. The home feed is the area in which you can browse the new content from other pinboards which you follow.

Libraries have been using Pinterest for marketing collections and events, displaying book covers, creating reading lists, and showcasing historic collections.

The following are some links for some current uses of Pinterest by Libraries:

– Tumblr allows users to blog their own media or ‘reblog’ others’ work. Hashtags are used to navigate categories across tumblr, or within individual blogs. A tumblr user can have multiple blogs under the single username and users can enable an ‘ask’ or ‘submit’ function for their blogs.

This fantastic article The Library Is Open: A Look at Librarians and Tumblr is a great starters guide to tumblr and a glimpse into the library activity happening on Tumblr.

Tumblr Enjoyment by hunsonisgroovy on Flickr (CC)

Scoop.It is a ‘create your own magazine’ service which allows you to ‘clip’ from websites, Twitter, RSS feeds, YouTube, Slideshare, Facebook, and custom Google searches. It allows you to enter sources and it then provides suggestions for you to Scoop It and add commentary for customizable topics based magazines.



Sign up to Pinterest and download the app.

Create a pinboard on a library topic and find some pins to add to your pinboard.



Sign up to Tumblr and download the app.

Find and reblog library posts through the hashtag #library programming or #tumblarians.



Sign up to Scoop.It.

Create a library based topic and add three sources:, and a twitter source. Start scooping!

Some other potential curatorial tools include Bundlr, Paperli or Storify.


Users stay on Tumblr longer than they stay on Facebook. What does that mean for your Facebook content and would it be more appropriate to certain library programming marketing on Tumblr?

– How could Scoop.It help you keep on top of professional development? Would it be an indispensable learning tool for information literacy?

– Could you provide bookmarklets to Tumblr and Pinterest on your library catalogue records? How much of your collection is currently being pinned and reblogged?

– Can you link your catalogue to these incredibly browse-able sites? Could you display your newest acquisitions covers on Pinterest?

– Authors like John Green and Neil Gaiman and many others are participating on Tumblr, could you have your book events and programming online?

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