October 30, 2014

Syracuse Launches Pinterest Contest for the New Librarianship

The iSchool at Syracuse University is looking for a few good pins. Joyce Valenza details the challenge to  Create a Future of Librarianship Pinterest Board, sponsored by the School of Information Studies, on her blog NeverEndingSearch:

I am beginning to love Pinterest as a tool for searching, exploring, and curating visual content. Teachers and librarians are currently settling this visual territory with their boards of professional content.

In the spirit of Pinterest Challenges, the iSchool at Syracuse University just announced a forward-thinking, library-flavored Pinterest challenge. Participants are invited to share their new library vision on Pinterest, the highly popular, visual (and pretty) curation network.

The Pinterest Contest for the New Librarianship is a search for a a few good boards that define and illustrate the future of our profession.

But, well beyond the contest itself, the resulting boards should demonstrate the value of this tool for creating communities of practice and visual professional sharing. I am hoping it will create beautiful inspiration for us all.

Kelly Lux, Executive Editor of Information Space and Social Media Strategist and Community Manager for the iSchool, writes of the Pinterest platform,

Communities revolving around shared interests are creating dialogue that transcends borders. Librarians are using it as a way to build a collection of resources, organize display ideas and facilitate collaboration. The Pinterest community is a reflection of your local community—members include Moms swapping recipes, lifelong educators and professionals networking and making their experience a resource for others, young people building their careers and defining their lives, artists and entrepreneurs sharing their products and services.

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Kathy Ishizuka (kishizuka@mediasourceinc.com, @kishizuka on Twitter) is Executive Editor of School Library Journal.

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  1. Genevieve says:

    I wonder how the recent debate as to the copyright issues surrounding Pintrest will be handled. It seems that since full-resolution images are used, even though you may link back to the source, it may violate the original copyright holder’s rights. Has the iSchool discussed this?

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