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Bringing Archives to Social Media and Social Media to the Public

Near the beginning of the semester, I outlined my plans for using social media to make portions of Denison University's radio archives a little more accessible. As the semester winds down, let's recap how it went!

Looking for a suitable "launch" of the RadioHowe social media archive, and excited about the opportunity to reach out to the community, I decided to put together a free presentation on social media, held at the main local public library and open to the public. I chose the public library because I wanted to draw as broad an audience as possible, and also because I reasoned that there would be more interest in an introductory-level presentation on social media at the public library, with many students considering themselves generally familiar with the major social media sites. I chose to advertise via good old-fashioned fliers, largely through using and abusing my branch manager contacts for the local bank where I have managed to remain employed while continuing my MLIS studies. Why fliers? Because they were fun to make and even more fun to distribute! (Just remember to take them down!)

As I researched the topic of social media, the freshness of the topic struck me. I knew that social media sites hadn't been around for very long, but it really was surprising to learn that none of the sites I had chosen for my list of "Ten Social Media Sites to Keep in Mind" existed in any form just ten years ago. But I won't bore you with too much more philosophizing. I know you want to know which social media sites made my "Top 10". I aim to please:

-Facebook (2004)- "social networking"

-Twitter (2006)- "quick reflections"

-Youtube (2005)- "video sharing"

-Google+ (2011)- "social networking rethought"

-LinkedIn (2003)- "professional networking"

-Tumblr (2007)- "microblogging"

-Reddit (2005)- "news aggregation"

-Instagram (2010)- "photo editing and sharing"

-Pinterest (2010)- "digital pinboard"

-Yelp (2004)- "local reviews"

 

After reviewing these sites and their uses, we looked at the radio archives and the way Facebook, Twitter, and (especially) Everplaces were able to host and organize content from the early years of Denison's radio archives. This was followed by Q&A, then much rejoicing, all accompanied by refreshments, compliments of my host institution, Denison University.

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