How to Destroy Special Collections with Social Media in 3 Easy Steps: A Guide for Researchers and Librarians

Date: 29 July 2015
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: UVA Special Collections
Lecturer: Sarah Werner - Book Historian

Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, Vine, Snapchat, blogs, digital photos, snarky comments, #whatmycatateforbreakfast. What does it all mean for special collections, those hallowed grounds of silence and scholarly seriousness? Whether you want to destroy special collections or build an audience for your resources and research, if you work with rare materials, you need to understand and plan for the use of social media. This talk will explore three of the key dangers facing special collections when everyone is on the web and argue for how to use social media to your advantage. It’s more than just LOLs and #WoodcutWednesdays out there.