Monday, 25 May 2015

Twitting my posts

I just tick of the task of sharing a blog post to my Twitter account. ANd I found it relatively straight forward. In fact it could not have been simpler!

By clicking on the Twitter icon at the bottom of my post, it links straight to Twitter and it is shared!

A couple of clicks are you are there!
Here is the NLA Youtube channel!

Storytime with Miss Tara and Friends: Boats: All-Ages

Storytime with Miss Tara and Friends: Boats: All-Ages: 9:30 program: 70 total 10:30 program: 72 total I changed my storytime theme without much notice (to myself) and came up with this pretty q...

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Margie's social media class 2015: Having fun with gadgets

Margie's social media class 2015: Having fun with gadgets: We all added a list of our post labels to the side bar or our blogs using the add a gadget feature in blogger. That was ok and a really im...

Friday, 15 May 2015


Check out my comment on Margie's videos on her blog!

Libraries using Social Media

There is a whole range on different ways libraries can use social media tools to promote their services. Stonnington Library Service use its Facebook account to promote its upcoming events and its collection as well as intersecting programs and projects provided by other council departments.

The State Library Victoria uses its Twitter account effectively as a tool to start conversation and promotion of its exhibitions, programs and collection development.

NSW public libraries have banded together to create a Pinterest which allows all the library services to share programs and events all across New South Wales.

Copyright Implications

As outlined in the Australia Copyright Council’s article ‘Websites: social networks, blogs and user-generated media’  the user of the social media platform usually retains the copyright of the content posted or created. The online service operator  has very little license to the material posted by a user. For example, as a Facebook user I retain the copyright to the content I displace on my account and not Facebook.

Social Media Etiquette and Standards of Behaviour in the Workplace

When having an online social media presence in a professional setting it is important to be aware and abide by standards of behaviour. For example some workplaces do not allow currently employed staff to comment or like or tag things to the organisations social media pages. Whether the comments or tags where to be positive or negative it allows an unbiased and clear image of the organisation to shine through.

Some recent media articles about social media etiquette

Privacy Issues when using Social Media

For all the benefits provided to organisations by having an online presence, there is a whole range of privacy issues associated with using social media.  Managing content and privacy is of vital importance to having a productive social media element to a business or organisation. Much has been considered. The most important element when considering setting up a social media account is too check that there is privacy settings and then to investigate how best to manage those settings. Whether it is a personal account or business account the wrong settings can lead to adverse outcomes.

Here is a useful guide relating to privacy issues

Here are some useful links which discuss social media and privacy in the workplace

Here is the NLA’s social media strategy for 2013-2014 including the strategy on privacy

Blogging Competency Task Items

Students must create a blog using the Blogger software which will become an integral tool for this subject. It is anticipate that having access to the student's blog will enable the teacher to access links to all other social media accounts created by the student for the course. This blog will enable the student to follow other students via their blogs and to share the blog accounts of library related organisations.

Students must follow the class blog via email and allow class mates to have access to their own blog.

Students must ensure their blog is listed on the class blog by emailing the teacher the blog address.

Students must include a post that discusses important privacy issues when using social media and a link to a resource or guide on this issue.

Students must include a post which discusses important social media etiquette issues and standards of behaviour when using social media in a professional setting and include a link to a resource of guide on this issue.

Students must include a post which discussed copyright implications with regard to uploading material to social media. 

Students must include a post which discusses different ways libraries use a variety of social media tools and link to at least 3 different social media accounts from Australian libraries.

Students must include at least one link in a blog post to the blog of another classmate where they have commented on that person's post.

Students must include at least one post where they are sharing the content of a post on a library related blog using the share blog feature at the bottom of each post in blogger.

Students must share a blog posts to their Twitter feed create a post showing how they did that.

Students must share a blog post to their Facebook feed.

Students must embed their live Twitter feed into their blog using a Blogger gadget tool.

Students must embed a link to all their social media feeds in their blog sidebar.
Students must include a post with a link to a library related Youtube chanel in their blog and embed a video from that chanel into one of their posts.

Students must create two additional pages for their blog, one containing a list of their favoutite social media tools that could be used in a library and the other containing a list of at least 6 resources that might be useful to library staff considering including social media functionality from their library's website.