Tuesday, February 28, 2012

SABC Media Libraries on Pinterest

Pinterest has gone viral. SABC Media Libraries have opened an account as well.

The value of pinning your most favourite images or ideas, with the added social media engagement, makes it a very powerful platform.

What is Pinterest?

"Pinterest is a virtual pinboard.
Pinterest allows you to organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. You can browse pinboards created by other people to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.
People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and share their favorite recipes." - Pinterest Help
If you haven't received an invite by now, it is very easy to ask for an invitation on the Pinterest website.
The possibilities for libraries and archives are endless.

We can showcase our collections, connect with fellow librarians and archivists, and grow our social media presence.
The link-back possibilities to own websites and blogs makes it a very easy and handy platform for social media engagement.

We have started with our own account, and have created a few pin boards.
Please go and have a look and follow while there!
SABCMediaLib on Pinterest

Two valuable articles about Pinterest and copyright issues are here:

Using Pinterest for Hubpages, by Maddie Ruud.

Is Pinterest a haven for copyright violations?, by Greekgeek.

The most important to remember:
1. Don't pin which you do not own, or have not asked permission for!
    Remember, it is all about the images!
2. Repinning puts the responsibility on the original Pinner who should source it correctly!

Blog post by Karen du Toit, Afrikaans Archivist in the SABC Radio Archives.

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