Teen Read Week Photo Challenge

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This year for Teen Read Week, we’re doing a social media photo challenge. A couple of teens saw the poster and indicated that they’re really excited about it. However, they did say they were going to create a new account just to post contest entries from because they don’t want to spam their followers. I’m just glad they actually want to participate. What do the rest of you in libraryland have in store for Teen Read Week?

John Green Read-Alikes

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Made this graphic for the library’s teen social media accounts to help promote a curated ebook list. Really love how it turned out. What’s your go-to recommendation for John Green fans who have finished all of his work?

How to Make a Readers’ Advisory Graphic

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A few commenters have asked how I make the RA graphics featured on this blog,  so I’m going to break it down in this post. It’s really not that hard, though it can be time-consuming. I have faith that y’all can do it!

Step 1: Pick a theme – The possibilities are limitless. You can make a genre graphic, readalike graphic, book suggestions based on other media people enjoy, etc… There are plenty of great examples out there. I think that Molly over at Wrapped Up in Books makes some wonderful graphics. Pinterest is also an excellent place to find examples. If you draw inspiration from someone else’s creation (especially if you are reworking something they’ve already done), credit them.

Step 2: Find your titles – Once you’ve picked your theme, you need to decide what titles you will feature on your graphic. You can pull from your own knowledge or use outside sources. NoveList is a great resource for finding readalikes and most libraries have a subscription to it. I will sometimes use lists from sources like Buzzfeed or Flavorwire. If you do that, make sure to credit them in your post.

Step 3: Put it all together – This is the really time-consuming part. I use Publisher because it’s easy to import and arrange images and I have access to all of my own fonts. All of the jacket images I use come from our catalog. I sometimes incorporate Microsoft’s free stock photos and Creative Commons images from Flickr. Again, make sure to credit appropriately if you use a CC image from Flickr. For fonts, I use Fontspace or dafont to find relevant fonts for my graphics. Many of their fonts are free for personal use and some are free for commercial use. Check the license before using any font. Once I have everything set up how I want it look, I group it together and then save it as an image. Occasionally I will upload it to a free, online photo editor to add extra flourishes. My favorites are: PicMonkey, iPiccy, fotor, & befunky. After adding finishing touches, I share the graphic with the world on various social media sites and this blog.

So there you have it – three steps to making an RA graphic! Go forth and create!

Book Recommendations for your Vacation Destination

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Another graphic I created for our library Tumblr page.

Image credits:

Pofu Camp – Northern Circuit” by Gopal Vijayaraghavan on Flickr.

Desert Road” by William Warby on Flickr.

Paris.2012” by Emax-photo on Flickr.

Font Credit:

Confetti Stream” by Jonathan S. Harris on FontSpace.

9 Books To Try If You Loved Divergent

9 BOOKS TO TRY IF YOU LOVED DIVERGENT

Just put this one up today on all of our social media sites. We have 139 holds on our ebook copy of Divergent. There is no way we can purchase enough copies to get through the list quickly, so I created this graphic to present some other options in our collection.

10 Books Featuring Librarians & Libraries

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In honor of National Library Week, I created a list of books featuring librarians & libraries with an accompanying graphic for the Marion County Public Library System Tumblr page. Check out the full list of books with summaries at this link: http://bit.ly/1j11UrR.

9 Books to Try if You Loved Game of Thrones

9 Books to Try if you Loved Game of Thrones

I made this graphic today, since the season 4 premiere was last night. I used read-alike suggestions from this OverDrive Library Blog post and from George R.R. Martin’s Not A Blog.

The font used is “Game of Thrones Font” by user Charlie Samways on fontmeme.

Baby’s First Conference Presentation

pybffTomorrow is my first conference presentation. Yikes! I’m excited and nervous. I’ll be presenting at the West Virginia Library Association’s Annual Spring Fling. My session is titled, “Put Your Best Facebook Forward” (my coworkers came up with the title). It’s about – you guessed it – Facebook. Specifically improving your library’s Facebook presence. Some of our smaller libraries are still very new to the social media platform, so I think it  is a very important topic. So, please keep your fingers crossed for me! I’ve attached my presentation slides and handouts in PDF format below.

Put Your Best Facebook Forward – Presentation Slides

Awesome Stuff for Facebook – Handout

Sample Social Media Policy – Handout

Blind Date with an eBook Follow-Up

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Back in February, I posted about a Facebook promotion I was trying out – Blind Date with an eBook. I created images with three-word ebook description using Picmonkey, then posted the photos with an accompanying shortlink. This meant that our Facebook fans would have to actually click the link to find out what ebook was described, making it a Blind Date. I was inspired by all the Blind Date with a Book displays popping up in brick and mortar libraries. Now that the promotion is over, here are some insights:

  • An average of 30 people saw each post, that’s approximately 33% of our 91 Facebook fans. I think that Facebook’s recent changes had a lot to do with that.
  • 20 out of the 28 ebooks featured were checked out during the time of the promotion (February 1-28). A handful were checked out multiple times. I was pleasantly surprised by this figure considering the low number of people who actually saw the posts.
  • Almost all likes, shares, and comments on the Blind Date posts were by other librarians or library pages. This was disappointing to me. I had hoped to garner more attention from our actual, everyday users. However, I’m very glad that fellow librarians liked the idea. In fact, another West Virginia library adapted it for their own social media accounts.
  • Titles selected were a mix of popular ebooks that our patrons seemed to have missed and ebooks that I thought our patrons would enjoy based on what they were already checking out.

Despite the fact that this promotion didn’t quite meet my expectations, I will try it again next year. I think when we have a larger fan base, it will work better. I may expand it to other social media platforms. This could work really well on Pinterest and Twitter.

Image Credit: “eBook Reader” by goXunuReviews on Flickr.

Book Recommendations Based On Your Favorite TV Shows – HBO Editon

Book Recommendations Based On Your Favorite TV Shows - HBO Editon

I’m obsessed with HBO programming, so this graphic was a lot of fun to make. It’s up on Tumblr now with short explanations about the selections. The last one I posted on my library’s Tumblr now has 1,000+ notes, so that’s pretty exciting.