Have you ever gone to Pinterest to look for a specific idea, and then two hours later looked up from your computer screen wondering where the time went? Of course you have! That’s what Pinterest does to people! It sucks them into a beautiful fantasy world where anything is possible if you only have the right kind of glue.
Well, this year I’m getting the right kind of glue, and I’m putting some of these fabulous ideas to work in my library! I spent some time yesterday creating a new Pinterest account solely for my professional pins using the name LibraryLoriJune, which is also my Twitter handle, and made a new board for each type of pin I’ve saved. Categories include Library Management, Book Extenders, Book Displays, Tech Tools, and (as of this writing) fourteen others.
I have been using Delicious for over five years to organize websites (2,312 links as of this morning!), and it’s still my go-to bookmarking resource, mainly because 1) I can assign searchable tags to my bookmarks and 2) Delicious is not blocked at school by our extremely tight filters. But Delicious does not have the visual appeal of Pinterest, nor is it as widely used by the kinds of people I want to get ideas from, so now that Pinterest has been unblocked for teachers in my district (yay!) I want to start using it more.
Are you on Pinterest? If so, please leave a link to your boards in the comments so that I can follow you!