Integrating social media into Website Blog

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While Blogging is not my social media of choice to use, I have enjoyed learning how to blog. I liked using the icons in the visual editor, these are great quick links. I liked how I could easily link my posts to my other social media accounts and those of my fellow classmates. It is fun to have followers and be acknowledged by likes and quoted.I have enjoyed reading and following my classmates journey in getting to know and use social media.

I have learned a great deal about the process of making a library website to a set of client specifications. I have learned about the important inclusions and criteria that library websites need through researching other websites.

Through the time I spent working with the Weebly site, I was able to become familiar with the elements that needed to be layered up for each page. By the end of the unit I was able to manipulate and use the basic elements to insert links, upload my own media content and embed social links to my website. I learnt to change the look of the website through use of font and colour and to listen to client feedback and apply changes.

I enjoyed using pinterest the most as it really is the modern day digital scrapbook of ideas. It is to me the most user friendly, finding and saving images and ideas is so easy.

Using Weebly was a great learning experience for me. I explored and became familiar with the different ways of integrating social media into a website. I made sure that the pages were easy to navigate, I included links to better illustrate and support my content. I was able to add facebook and twitter. I am happy with the result of my website, as it illustrates the resources of a small public school library, simple and direct.

 

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Social Media Tools in use by Libraries Today

For this post I had a look on google about the subject of how libraries use social media. I came across a page by the National Library of Australia on its social media strategy from 2013, you can see the page here. The National Library of Australia has some very good ways of using social media to attract more traffic and trigger interest in their collection and services available.

The NLA has accounts with Youtube, Flickr,Twitter, Instagram and Slideshare. There are five blogs through wordpress, these are managed by different areas of the library. The blogs cover the areas of collections, events, services and activities.

I particularly liked the diagram of the different social accounts and how they are perceived to be helping and advancing the library.It was noted that all of the accounts ‘generated interest and awareness’ of services available, the interest and knowledge of collections and promoted events.But most obvious was that the accounts that had the most impact across all benefits were Facebook and Twitter, with Blogging and Flickr coming second.

Facebook is a highly popular social account that nearly everyone from young to old has heard of, it is easy to use and users are able to react in real time and be easily notified of  services, events and activities. It is a great way to involve the local community, it is really accessable and gives a high level of customer support, with an ‘Ask a Librarian’ link in reviews (a link to users experience of using the library) and videos of exhibitions, talks and how the library functions(behind the scene.) See the NLA facebook account here. I like my local  library facebook account,as it communicates to me all of the local happenings at my library.

Twitter is used by libraries to promote a strong brand or image, it really engages the user to be curious about the services available, introduced through the use of podcast, video and image.See the NLA twitter account here. The by-product from twitter is also worth a mention. Twitter is a great tool to connect the user to other similar organisations and individuals (which is where twitter is able to help build relationships and introduce and increase a users circle.) Here is another library Twitter account to look at. The Queensland State Library.

Flickr is similar to pinterest but it applies to the organising of images and videos and making them available to groups of people with the same interest.It was introduced in 2004. There are different ways to use Flickr, one can simply upload content under a subject, or  engage by a comment or tag. Then there are also blogs to follow, plus all the information on Flickr is searchable. The commons is a page devoted to making a worldwide collection of images available. See the NLA Flickr account here. Check out the different pages on the NLA Flickr site. There is the photostream, albums, favorites and groups.The NLA Flickr account currently has 1.8K followers, and 982 images uploaded to its account.

 

 

 

 

Website Build -First Draft

I handed in my first draft and got some great feedback. Here is a link to my first draft for a comparison.See it here. I started by changing the background images to be more descriptive about the content. Children and Books. I then added a logo as suggested by my client.The Font was changed to look all the same and in school colour #6600cc. I added more content and added links to various resources. I am on target and the website is looking much better organised and professional.

Website Build – Linking and other functions

As the unit name suggests I was to build a basic website, I notice there were many elements that I just did not use for my website it  was not useful to make it more comlicated. I used the basic elements of Title, Text and Image.The options available within the boxes and sections such as font style, font colour, insert link and alignment were ones that I found most useful.

Website Build – using images

Adding images to my Pleasant Library website was easy. Using the elements on the side of the build editor page just drag an image. There is an existing library of images or there is an option to upload your own from your computer. I used a bit of both and used the image function as a teaser to introduce or describe the page to the user.

 

State Library of Victoria – View & Discuss

The State Library of Victoria has a wonderful page on their website where you can view the latest videos of live events and talks. I really liked listening to Dr Clare Wright and her talk Claire Wright on Australian history, for the State Library’s Stephen Murray-Smith lecture in October of 2015.

If you would like to view it see it here: https://youtube.com/watch?v=u-4GC4PzlmY

If you would like to view more from the State Library of Victoria, see it here:

https://www.slv.vic.gov.au/view-discuss

Happy viewing.