Let’s try Pinterest!
What I hope you will learn after this module:
- What is Pinterest?
- How to pin items that interest you
- How to set up pinboards
- How to use the social media aspect of Pinterest to your advantage
- How you can use Pinterest effectively in your library, both for professional development and for your patrons
What Is It?
Pinterest is a type of social and visual bookmarking/curation website that has the honor of being named the “hottest website of 2012“. Like traditional bookmarking tools, it allows you to organize, manage, store, search and retrieve bookmarks, but with the additional bonus of creating an account so you can access them from any computer. It is nontraditional in that it is visually-oriented. Pinterest saves images from a site (curation) as well as the original URL the image came from (bookmarking). It also has a social media aspect in that you can “follow” another person or comment on a pin or pinboard on Pinterest, as well as have others follow you. Pinterest basically works by:
- you find something that interests you on the web (e.g. a book display idea) and you click the “Pin It” bookmarklet in your browser’s toolbar;
- you “pin” the image of the thing that interested you (the book display image);
- you tag that image with the appropriate keywords and tags so that it is meaningful to you;
- you then place that image on a virtual pinboard (your book display pinboard);
- your newest “Pin” is then shared!
Another option is to “repin” something interesting you find on another person’s pinboard. It will always retain the URL of the original website it came from.
Here is an example of the types of boards you can create for your library by Hamden Hall’s Sarah Ludwig….
With a close-up of one of her pinboards…
Check out this great tutorial for step-by-step procedures!
Here is another great tutorial from a classroom teacher on how she uses Pinterest in the classroom and for professional development.
How Can I Use It?
Pinterest can easily be used both for private back-end use in the library to share resources and ideas or for promoting services and materials in the library. For the school library, you can create visual Reader’s Advisory lists, promote new acquisitions or programs and services, etc. Of course, you can also use it privately to curate your own personal interests and share them with others.
There are several articles on ways in which libraries are using Pinterest, as well as sites that show examples. Here are a few:
- 20 Ways Libraries are Using Pinterest Right Now
- Books, Reading, and Pinterest: an article on promoting books via Pinterest
- How to Use Pinterest at Your Library: Teen focus, but great tips in general
- Pinterest in Libraries: Great list of 20 (!) different categories of ways you can use Pinterest in your library
- Using Pinterest in School Libraries: The title says it all; includes great additional resources, including addressing copyright issues
Try It Out!
- Visit the Pinterest homepage;
- You can sign up using either your Facebook or Twitter accounts; another option is to sign up the traditional way via your email address and setting up a username and password;
- Create your account; pick some interests from the Pinterest categories. Pinterest initially matches you with other users to follow based on your interests;
- Go ahead and drag the Pinterest “Pin It” bookmarklet to your browser’s bookmarks bar–and get pinning! You can create any type of pinboard you want on any topic you like. Create more than one board if you are feeling inspired!
- Share–Post the URLs of your Pinterest page to your group blog;
- Follow the pinboards of your fellow learners;
- Browse Pinterest and find a board or person you want to follow;
- Need help? Try their “Getting started” page…or “Support” page.
Tell us about your group’s thoughts in a group reflective blog post: How was your experience? Was it fun, inspiring, any issues? Any thoughts as to how you might use Pinterest in the future either professionally or personally? Don’t forget to individually tweet one individual micro-reflection using our #C2Iasij hashtag. This is a great time to share how each of you felt about this assignment or Pinterest in general!
- Utilize Pinterest’s collaboration capability and create a board to use for collaboration and invite others to join your board. Or join an already established collaboration board. How about creating a group board for ASIJ’s library! Simply create the board, click “edit” and you can add contributors (note: you must be following at least one board of theirs to add them as a contributor). Don’t forget to save the settings!
- Download the Pinterest app for your iPhone, iPad, or Android device so you can pin even on the go!
- Explore other Bookmarking/Curating tools:
- Delicious, a social bookmarking site that allows you to bookmark to organize, apply folksonomy, and comment on your bookmarks as you like, but with the addition of sharing with others. You can also follow other’s “stacks” of bookmarks to share resources.
- Diigo, another social bookmarking site that allows you to bookmark, write virtual post-it notes and highlight when reading on the Internet, allows for group collaboration and curation, and mobile accessibility. Also has a free education edition.
- LiveBinder, a virtual binder that collects texts, links, images, videos and other resources; an excellent way to make a pathfinder.
- Scoop.it, a curation tool to create an online visual magazine on any topic by “scooping” articles and resources from around the web.
This Learning 2.0 module was originally designed and implemented by students in Dr. Michael Stephens‘ Transformative Literacies class in the Fall of 2012. This class is part of San Jose State University’s School of Library and Information Science curriculum. It was adapted by Maria Papanastassiou for American School in Japan. It is available for use for other libraries or institutions. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.