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White House now on Snapchat


The White House has launched an “Official Story” on Snapchat to provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Administration. The announcement (below) says, significantly, that “Tomorrow, our Official Story will take you behind the scenes of the White House’s State of the Union preparations, with footage and angles you won’t find anywhere else.”

NSF YouTube channel

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“Document” of the Day: National Science Foundation YouTube channel. “NSF is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense. NSF funds a significant proportion of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities.

Craig Hase at The The Scout Report (March 27, 2015 — Volume 21, Number 12) says of the channel:

Nearly 13,000 viewers have subscribed to the National Science Foundation’s YouTube channel. It’s not a secret why. These well-produced and often poignant presentations have managed to pack so much into such a small space. Nearly all the videos clock in at less than four minutes. Many of the clips are just two or three minutes long so readers can easily learn about the birth of planets, the details of the tropospheric ozone, and the wonders of biomedical engineering – all within the timespan of a quick coffee break. The hundreds of available videos are broken into categories such as Computer Science, Brain Research, and Education, among others. Whether you are looking for an interesting tidbit to add to your lecture on Geoscience or you are simply curious about conservation efforts in Central Africa, there is much to enjoy here.

LoC: Women’s History on Pinterest

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“March is designated as Women’s History Month and this year the National Women’s History Project has selected “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives” as the theme. To help commemorate Women’s History Month, the Library of Congress has created a Pinterest Board that offers a visual celebration of the diverse stories of women in the United States.” (Celebrating Women: Women’s History on Pinterest by Jennifer Harbster, Library of Congress Blog (March 17, 2015).)

  • Women’s History Month: Celebrating Women’s History Month with resources and items from the Library of Congress collections. Pinterest.

U.S. Census Bureau launches Instagram account

As D.B. Hebbard at Talking New Media says, this is “a sure sign the either 1) everyone is doing it, or 2) Instagram will be the next My Space.”

Pinterest and Libraries


The value of social media to libraries probably depends on the library, who its users are, and how they use the library. One would guess that a strong library presence in social media can, at the very least, aid in the visibility of the library. With that in mind, here is an interesting story about how Pinterest is becoming more important for driving traffic to news sites that Twitter.

  • Digital Publishing: All the News That’s Fit to Pin, by: Rob Tornoe, Editor and Publisher (1/14/2014).

    BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti says that Pinterest sends more traffic to their site than Twitter. In fact, according to data released back in October by Shareaholic, Pinterest drove 3.68 percent of all social media traffic to publishers in September, more than Twitter, LinkedIn and Reddit combined. In the case of some media websites, like Martha Stewart, Pinterest actually drives more traffic than behemoth Facebook, driving about 6.5 percent of the estimated 5 million visits her websites receive in a month.

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Libraries on Pinterest
Other libraries using Pinterest