Pinterest is quickly becoming the social media tool of choice, and the Spencer Public Library is not only joining in, they're showing other libraries how to as well.
Mandie Roberts, executive director of the Spencer library, will present "Pinterest Isn't Just for Recipes: using Pinterest as Social Promotion" at the Iowa Small Libraries Online Conference on Jan. 17.
"I don't think people know libraries can use Pinterest," Roberts said.
Information will include why Pinterest is a viable way to promote the library, how to stay relevant with such a quickly progressing network, and examples of boards and pins.
"Dewey has his own Pinterest account," Roberts said. "We'll really start pushing it after the conference."
Examples of the boards on Dewey's account include DIY, Blue Zones recipes, "library laughs" and category-specific books. Roberts also hopes to include a themed board that can be changed out each month.
She will present the social media tool online, via Adobe Connect and using a new presentation tool called PechaKucha.
PechaKucha began about 10 years ago in Japan, as a way for presenters to give visually stimulating presentations in a timely manner.
Each of PechaKucha's 20 slides lasts for 20 seconds, and only contains one image.
In Roberts' case at ISLOC, conference attendees will see an image of a pinboard or of the Pinterest desktop.
"All they see is the picture, but they'll hear my voice in their headphones," Roberts said.
With 20 slides at 20 seconds each, the presentation lasts for only six minutes and 40 seconds.
"It's a big thing," Roberts said. "Partially because it's a different format than what people have grown used to."
While this may not be the first year a representative from the Spencer Public Library has attended the conference, Roberts estimates that this is the first time anyone from Spencer has presented.
In addition to incorporating PechaKucha into her presentation, Roberts has brainstormed potential ways to use the new tool in library programming.
"We could have a night where people bring their interests and give a six-minute presentation on their passion," she suggested.
Roberts continued, "People are always walking in to get books, but we don't always realize the individual talent of each person."