What the Beatles have to tell us about social mediahttp://www.margieclayman.com/20-songs-beatles-wrote-about-social-media-engagementThis blog post resonated with me. Who knew the Beatles we really singing about social media? Social media allows me to get a little help from my virtual and “in real life” friends. It enhances my professional practice and I use it as part of my everyday work. A Day in the Life usually starts with me scanning my social media channels. .
I have developed an single online digital identity that I use both professionally and personally. @haikugirloz. The reason I chose to use a single identity because it was easier and although I am mindful of what I post online I am happy for my colleagues/frolleagues/followers/friends to share some of my personal life. For me it is about authenticity. This is me.
These are the social media channels I use the most. Twitter, Flickr, Storify and Scoop.it I use mostly for professional use. FaceBook is mostly personal and Pinterest I have a “library board”. I use all of these as @haikugirloz they are part of my professional brand as well. A brand that says: digitally literate, innovative, passionate, creative, geeky, influencer and experienced information manager.
In Twitter I have lists that I follow: librarians in Australia/NZ/Asia; Educational Technologists and Teachers; social media and marketing people; designers. These people form part of personal learning network. I follow them, I trust them, I use them to filter and curate information. I learn from them. I hardly ever check my RSS feeds now!
If you want to leave the virtual behind there are plenty of opportunities for meeting in real life. I do regularly attend instameets and other “social events”. Last week I was invited to one at the SLV (State Library Victoria) as I follow and interact with the SLV regularly online. Sue Roberts the new CEO came down to say hello and obviously places importance on social as a way of engaging with clients.
At the moment there are five librarians in my PLN that are pregnant and we started a secret stork. I made four of the babies little kiwis and the last one a sweet pea hat.
I tweet in a professional capacity here: @swinlib, @valalib and infrequently @libsinteract thus it is really important that I keep my skills current by connecting, sharing and engaging in the professional community and other communities that inform what we do.
1. “With a little help from my friends” Social media and the library professional Kim Tairi 2012msalume 2011
2. @haikugirloz - librarian - brevity delights, lover ofcrochet, pop culture and Dr Who... only 5ft 2. Views aremy own.
4. “Eight days aweek”• Tweetups• Meetups• Instameets• Social breakfasts and drinks
5. Secret Santa and Secret Stork
6. “We can work it out” – social media enriches my personal and professional life
7. Some social media guidelines• Dellit, A & Schindeler, S 2012, Trove: The terrors and triumphs of service-based social media, viewed 5 March 2012, <http://www.nla.gov.au/openpublish/index.php/nlas p/article/view/2319/2758>.• Greenhill, K 2010, A socila media policy for a one branch public library, viewed 5 March 2012, <http://librariansmatter.com/blog/2010/09/10/a-social- media-policy-for-a-one-branch-public-library/>.• Shepard, J 2012, A twitterable twitter policy (updated), viewed 5 March 2012, <http://jayshep.com/a-twitterable-twitter-policy- updated/>.