How to Tweet

Have you wanted to dip your toe into Twitter, but been held back by a lack of know-how?  Well now you can jump straight in, with a new How-To Guide created by John Iona.  Beautifully simple with clear pictures, you will soon be tweeting away!  Have a look in the How To folder in the Box files on the right of the Heart front page, to download your copy now.  If you use or reproduce anything in any of the folders, please have the courtesy to acknowledge the librarian who put a lot of hard work into creating these resources.  Thank you!

Embedding videos on your school site

The video player that I have used to embed the book trailers on this site is called VPFactory.    When Vodpod closed I was really upset, as I loved their embeddable widget and missed it from Heart.  However, this site is free and much better, I think, as you can make customised players which allow people to choose the video they want.  Using and uploading the videos is free and very easy.  I have made customised players for different book genres on my new school website, for instance.  I am not being sponsored for this by the way, just thought you would all like to know about a fabulous new tool for promoting reading!

Pinterest – collecting books online

Whilst I am at home during the summer holidays, I have been taking the time to update and increase my Pinterest lists of books.  These boards can be seen by clicking the button to the right of the screen.  I like Pinterest, for the following reasons.  It is visual, and therefore looks accessible and interesting on page for young adults.  It allows for one or two line reviews under each book for everyone who joins this free site.  You can repin the posts easily onto boards of your own, thus allowing students to make up their own reading boards.  There is also a really easy bookmarklet for your browser to make pinning simple. But best of all, in the spirit of this site, all of the boards are collaborations between many school librarians, so that our collective knowledge is pooled.  If you feel that you would like to be a collaborator in any of these boards (which then add themselves to your set of boards), then just follow me and send me a message asking to be added as collaborator.

Write Path International

It’s the time of year to sign up to the amazing collaborative storywriting experience that is WritePath:  This innovative event first took place in 2008, the brainchild of then school librarian (now consultant) Bev Humphrey.  Last year 56 schools took part from all over the world, and it was an amazing interactive blogging experience.  Everyone who takes part is amazed at how enthused the students are about writing and creating stories.  If you haven’t taken part yet then head over to the website to find out more and to sign up.  You can be anywhere in the world – the further the better!  Hope to see you on there this year!

Lighting the Future Conference

Did you manage to get to the Lighting the Future joint SLG/SLA/YLG Conference at Windsor this weekend?  If, like me, you weren’t able to attend, you can see all the tweets and get a flavour of what went on.  John Iona collected all the conference tweets under the hashtag #LTF12 using a free programme called Storify.  Many thanks to John for curating them for us all.  You can also see presentations and blog posts about the Conference here:

Brush up your Web 2 skills!

Have you ever felt that you would love to do some of the ‘whizzy’ things you see featured on Heart, like the interactive library guide featured below, but you have no idea where to start?  Then this course, 23 things, is for you.  You can work at your own pace, and it is based around trying one new library related Web 2 tool a week.  Register on the page, and you will soon be creating your own ‘whizzy’ content.  Enjoy!