Teen Tech Week 2016

I’ve been working on a system-wide passive program for Teen Tech Week. Inspired by Nerd Craft Librarian, I came up with the BINGO card below.

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The branch managers are all on board, so now I just need to come up with prizes. For completion prizes, I thought about candy or earbuds. For the grand prize, I want to put together a package of STEM fiction and some techy gifts (flash drive bracelet, etc…).

I’m also planning a retro gaming event for our main library. NES games (finger-crossed that I can find one!), older board games, and pogs. We’ll make some DIY pogs.

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?

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.

Blind Date with an eBook

Almost every library in the United States has a Blind Date with a Book (BDWAB) display this February.  Why wouldn’t they? It’s a great idea and patrons love it. If you don’t know, the basic concept of BDWAB is patrons check out wrapped books that have been selected and displayed by library staff. Patrons don’t know what they’ve got until they get home and unwrap the book, hence why it is called a “blind date”. Some libraries mix it up by adding short descriptions or “personal ads” on the wrapping or they might offer an incentive to check out the books. Regardless of optional pieces of flair, BDWAB encourages people to read outside their comfort zone and that’s always awesome.

I decided to see if this could somehow translate to the ebook world. For our digital library’s Facebook page, I created images with three-word descriptions of an ebook. Then I uploaded the images with a shortened link to the corresponding ebook on our OverDrive website, that way our Facebook fans don’t see the title until they actually click the link and go to our OverDrive site. I used Bitly as my url shortener, because I love Bitly and it’s an easy way to keep track of how many people are clicking the link. I plan to post an image a day throughout the whole month of February. So far, there hasn’t been much response. Our Facebook page is relatively new, so we don’t have a large fan base yet. Also, I started the campaign on a weekend and Facebook engagement is typically low on weekends. I hope to see more engagement as the month goes on. Even if the response remains low, it’s a fun experiment.

Check out the gallery below for the images I created. FYI, I used PicMonkey to make these.

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Top-Circulating eBook Infographic

Top WVDELI eBooks of 2013Our OverDrive-powered digital library consortium recently decided to create a Facebook page. This gal gets to moderate it (which is fine by me, I love Facebooking on behalf of libraries). Since the end of the year is almost here (hurray!), I ran a quick report in OverDrive’s marketplace to find what our patrons checked out the most in 2013. Then I used Publisher (since we don’t have Photoshop) to create this infographic so I could share it with all of our internet friends. The response is good so far (it was even retweeted by OverDrive). No surprise, Fifty Shades of Grey was checked out more than any other ebook this year. To see the list, click here.

Begging For Likes

PictureWe’ve all seen those posts on Facebook of a kid holding a sign that says “If I get 1,000 likes, my dad will take me to Disneyland!” or something along those lines. These type of posts almost always reach the number of likes requested. Well, I wanted to see if we could make this kind of post work for libraries.

I grabbed a couple of coworkers, we made a sign, took the above photo, and then posted it via the library’s Facebook page. It has been our most successful post to date (we’ve been on Facebook for 3 years and I’ve been page admin for about a year). While we didn’t reach our goal of 1,000 likes, we did come close and over 7,000 people saw our post. That’s a lot of free publicity for our library!

Overall, this experiment reinforced a belief that I already held – that people are visual. If I had posted “Can we get 1000 likes for libraries?” as a text status, it would not have garnered the same amount of attention. Combining a visual post with text seems to work best for us and our patrons engage more with these kinds of posts.

Right now, I’m considering expanding on this idea. I really like what OverDrive is doing on their Facebook page. They are posting pictures of their staff holding signs with questions like, “What is the first book you remember reading?” and “Who is your favorite literary villain?“. This seems like a great way to showcase library employees’ personalities while establishing a rapport with patrons.

What are some interesting ways your library is using Facebook?