This is a list of resources that Lorna and I have found useful for learning about and managing social media channels. Check back regularly as we will keep updating this list!
1: The Librarian’s Nitty-Gritty Guide to Social Media by Laura Solomon. This is a fantastic book that is perfect for those just starting out with social media in their library. It also has some great tips for anyone who has more advanced skills. I’ve been managing my library’s social media channels for about three years and I’m still finding tips and tricks to try out. Well worth checking out.
2: Blog Inc. by Joy Cho. If you’re thinking about starting up a blog for your library, this is a great book to read. It is packed with information and interviews with successful bloggers. While not strictly focused on libraries, it is still a very helpful book.
3: Picture Perfect Social Media: a handbook for styling perfect photos for posting, blogging and sharing by Jennifer Young. If you take a lot of photos for your social media channels (which you should be doing), this is a great book to check out. It’s beautifully presented which makes reading it very enjoyable and it’s full of heaps of tips for professional looking photos.
4: Feedly. This website is the best content curation tool I’ve used. It helps you easily find and organise articles from all over the web. If you find that you spend hours trying to find content to post on the web, Feedly can help! I highly recommend checking it out.
5: People to follow. A starter for ten! Get you going on your adventurous journey of eStalking
6: Top 100 Tools for Learning 2015. This is an amazing list of tools not only for being social but also for eLearning. Definitely something here for everyone.
7: Pixabay. Pixabay is a fantastic website that provides free, high quality images that are released free of copyrights under Creative Commons CC0. Attribution is not required which makes them ideal for use on library marketing material and on your social media platforms.
8: Everybody Writes by Ann Handley. A great read that focuses on the importance of our words in carrying key marketing messages for our organisations. Full of great tips and tricks that you can put into practice immediately.
9: Nicely Said by Nicole Fenton and Kate Kiefer Lee. If you’re writing any kind of content for publication on social media or the library website/blog, it’s really important to have some guidelines for yourself so that all your communication projects the same style and tone. This book gives you the tools needed to get there.