With photos of the latest books available to borrow, snaps of library visitors attending workshops, and shots of behind the scenes activities, Instagram is fast becoming an exciting platform through which libraries and librarians can share news, achievements, and images of everyday life among the bookshelves. But it’s not only for its novel approach to photo-sharing that libraries are using Instagram: the social media platform is growing faster than Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest combined, and with the majority of users in key university student age brackets it certainly makes sense for libraries to consider Instagram’s merits. As part of a ‘Higher Ed Instagram audit’ we undertook to help LSE Review of Books get ready to launch its own Instagram account, we focused on looking at some of the most common ways in which libraries around the world are using this photo-sharing platform.
- Libraries are using Instagram to ask users about their favourite authors
- Libraries are using Instagram to show off their surroundings and collections
- Libraries are using Instagram to publicise events
- Libraries are using Instagram to show what goes on behind the scenes
- Libraries are using Instagram to show their history