Social Media Day 2015

Social Media Day 2015
We've collected the Library's best social media from the last twelve months
30 June 2015

Are you following us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Do you regularly read our blogs? Have you downloaded any of the amazing images that are available through our Flickr Commons

Social media has given us a great outlet for sharing stories from across the Library. It has transformed the way we communicate and engage with our Library users in Australia and across the world. We have answered your reference questions, provided advice on collection management in disasters, shared in farewelling some of Australia's great creative figures and asked your advice on which book cover is best for some of our latest releases from NLA Publishing. We have come a long way together.  

Three wireless telephone operators at a switchboard, Sydney, ca. 1930, Part of Fairfax archive of glass plate negatives, nla.pic-vn6334178

What you loved most

It seems that you love contributing. You've helped us collect ephemera marking the commemorative services for Anzac Day this year and assisted in choosing the book cover design for NLA Publishing's Lenny the Legend and the upcoming Socks, Sandbags and Leeches. We really value your input. 

Hashtags to follow 

We've had some fun with our hashtags. As soon as we heard Molly Meldrum was coming to the Library to launch his book, The Never, Um, Ever Ending Storywe found ourselves a life-size Molly and set off on our #wheresmolly Instagram adventure around Canberra.  

Our regular #mapofthemonth post began as a reading room display, now transformed for social media. Our expert Map Collection staff research and curate these posts each month, promoting collaboration and continue to foster a love of maps among staff and Library users. 

Other Library hashtags to follow include:
#digiculture
#libraryshelfie
#bookfacefriday
#nowreading
#ausnatcoll
#loveourlibraries
#onthisday

Blogs you loved

Staff at the Library see our 10 million-item-strong collection as a treasure trove, and any opportunity to explore is not taken for granted. We encourage all of our staff to get involved in writing blog posts and we regularly feature guest posts by authors and historians.

Some of our most-read blogs from the last year:
Indigenous language resources at the National Library of Australia
Ask a Librarian
A peek into the wonderful world of 3D comics
In pen and ink
Remembering the First World War
Medieval Manuscripts Project
Chasing the polar bear

Great outcomes

We have seen some inspirational stories uncovered through social media. Our very own librarian Rapunzel raised over $10,000 when she cut off her 1.4 metre-long hair in the 2015 World's Greatest Shave.

Our #distractinglysexy photograph of conchologist Joyce Allan has provided the impetus to make a Wikipedia page for this remarkable woman—thanks to @SiobhanLeachman. 

Also, an Inside History/Library collaboration saw a successful crowd-sourcing Pozible campaign to digitise the Hamilton Spectator newspaper and, thank you to our generous pledgers, it is now available through Trove

 We look forward to looking back on another year on Social Media Day 2016.