Oh, Pinterest. Here I am again, using you. I’ve quit you before–to no avail, APPARENTLY.
I fully understand the appeal of Pinterest, and while I enjoy browsing it from time to time, it’s just not for me. I signed up originally back in the day when you had to be vetted before they let you into their playground, and I made a few anemic boards. (They’re still there, by the way, and just as pathetic as ever.) But for me, this is sort of the same thing as RSS feeds, just with more pictures. It’s not how I consume my internet cookies.
There are a million ways that libraries could use this, however. You could make boards for themed books displays, or for read-a-likes, or for award winners/nominees, or for staff picks, or for book group titles, or for banned books, or for new releases, or for titles related to library programming…the boards are basically only limited by the imagination of the people putting them together. And it’s free, and it takes only a few minutes to create, and can be easily linked to. So really, there’s no reason for libraries NOT to be using this!