Free webinar: Building Local Communities with Social Media (ALA / District Dispatch)

From the ALA’s District Dispatch: Free webinar: Building Local Communities with Social Media. “Next week, join us for a free, half hour webinar about social media marketing and community building. Led by Leslie Datsis of PBS Digital Studios, you’ll learn the basics about audience development, targeting, and how to develop a voice for your channels. And you’ll have a few new tools in your belt as you consider how you can take those stories to the next level and make sure that your users (and your elected officials) know just how important libraries are to the community.”

Museum Hack: How A Targeted Facebook Ad Campaign Led To 6X The Facebook Page Likes For The Illinois State Museum

Museum Hack: How A Targeted Facebook Ad Campaign Led To 6X The Facebook Page Likes For The Illinois State Museum. “Many museums already face a bit of an uphill climb when it comes to attracting and engaging new audiences. When state budget constraints closed the Illinois State Museum for nine months, museum officials knew they needed some fresh new ideas to regenerate interest in the museum once its doors were reopened.”

Arizona State University: ASU awarded Mellon grant to develop community-driven archival collections

Arizona State University: ASU awarded Mellon grant to develop community-driven archival collections. “Now an archivist at ASU Library, [Nancy] Godoy has worked tirelessly to grow its Chicano Research Collection and expand the library’s reach to the Latino community through public outreach that includes educational workshops on preservation of historic materials. In recognition of that work, Godoy and colleagues Sujey Vega and Lorrie McAllister were recently awarded a $450,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a three-year project designed to build and expand community-driven collections, in an effort to preserve and improve Arizona’s archives and give voice to historically marginalized communities.”

Internet Archive: IMLS Grant to Advance Web Archiving in Public Libraries

Internet Archive: IMLS Grant to Advance Web Archiving in Public Libraries. “Working with partners from Queens Public Library, Cleveland Public Library, and San Francisco Public Library, and with OCLC’s WebJunction, which offers education and training to public libraries nationwide, the ‘Community Webs’ project will provide training, cohort support, and services, for a group of librarians at 15 different public libraries to develop expertise in creating collections of historically valuable web materials documenting their local communities. Project outputs will include over 30 terabytes of community history web archives and a suite of open educational resources, from guides to videos, for use by any librarian, archivist, or heritage professional working to preserve collections of local history comprised of online materials.”

Phys.org: Detecting dangers with crowdsourcing

Phys.org: Detecting dangers with crowdsourcing. “By the time officials in Flint, Mich., declared a state of emergency in response dangerously high levels of lead in the city’s drinking water in mid-December of 2015, residents had been complaining to each other about discolored and foul-smelling drinking water for more than a year. That time lag, between residents identifying a potential hazard and government officials taking action, shocked Pooja Chandrashekar, A.B. ’18, a biomedical engineering concentrator at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.”