12 Things SWKLS: Thing 11

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Welcome to the eleventh thing in 12 Things SWKLS.  This month’s topic is Instagram.

Instagram is a mobile photo-sharing application and service that allows users to share pictures and videos through the app or service,  as well as through a variety of other social networking platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Flickr.  Instagram can be used in a browser at www.instagram.com, but is easier to use with the Instagram app.

If you’re new to Instagram this article explains a lot of the basics.

Libraries have started to use Instagram to share library happenings, new items, library pictures, and more!

The activities for this session are divided up into two groups, those that are new to Instagram and those that haven been using it for awhile.  If you’re having trouble deciding, think about how often you use Instagram.  If you haven’t used it in a few months or haven’t posted any photos, I would recommend completing the beginner section.  The activities for this lesson are due March 31 , 2017 at 11:59 pm central time and are worth 2 credit hours.  Estimated work time:  1-2 hours.

If you would rather complete an alternate topic, please go to the alternate topic page and pick one from the list.

If you get stuck and need help, please don’t hesitate to ask.

What you’ll learn in this lesson:

  • What is Instagram?
  • How to post to Instagram.
  • Some suggestions for new apps to try in Instagram.
  • Suggestions for libraries to follow on Instagram.
  • Ideas on what kinds of things to post on a library Instagram account.

 Exercises:  (Due March 31, 2017 at 11:59 pm CDT)

Tools you will need:

  • A computer or internet enabled device
    • A smartphone or tablet is the best choice
  • An Internet connection
  • An email address
  • Your imagination

Beginner Activities for those new to Instagram:  (60 – 120 min)

  1.  Complete GCFLearnFree’s Instagram Lesson.
  2. Sign up for a personal Instagram account and make your profile private or public.
    1. I recommend creating your account with a personal email address, not your work email.
    2. I also recommend creating a personal account and getting used to Instagram before creating a library account.
  3. Install the Instagram app via your device’s app store, if you haven’t already.
  4. Follow at least six people, six libraries, or a combination of the two.
  5. Comment on at least two posts on Instagram.
  6. Like or a at least two posts.
  7. Post at least two pictures with hashtags (#).
  8. Bonus:  Try out an app from this article or this one.
  9. Bonus:  Learn about Instagram Stories and share one on your personal or library Instagram.
  10. Post the following below:
    1. What do you like about Instagram?
    2. Which hashtags did you use in number 7 up above?
    3. How do you see yourself or your library using it in the future?
    4. Who are some of your favorite libraries and/or people to follow?
    5. If you did one of the bonuses share a bit down below about what you did.

Intermediate/Advanced Activities for those who’ve been using Instagram awhile:  (60 – 120 min)

*If more than one of you from your library are working on this lesson together, you’ll want to do Step 3 and 6  together.  

  1.   Read Instagram 101 for Libraries.
  2.  Read 20 Ways to Make People Fall in Love With Your Instagram:…
  3.  Create an Instagram account for your library if you haven’t already.
    1. I would recommend using a library email address.
    2. You can use the Instagram app to manage your personal and library Instagram account.  Read how to switch between accounts in the app in this article. 
  4. If you haven’t already, link your library’s Facebook Page to Instagram.
  5. Watch and read How do I convert my personal Instagram profile to a Business Profile.
  6. Convert your library’s Instagram profile to a business profile (optional).
  7. Follow at least two libraries that you aren’t already following.
  8. Try out a new Instagram app.  A few suggestions can be found in this article or this one.
  9. Read the 31 Days of Instagram Challenge for inspiration and ideas.
    1. Our very own Stevens County Library is also good library to follow to get great ideas.
  10. Post at least two pictures with at least two hashtags each (#).
  11. Bonus:  Learn about Instagram Stories and share one on your personal or library Instagram.
  12. Post the following below:
    1. A link to your library’s Instagram page or your library’s Instagram
    2. Who are your favorite libraries to follow on Instagram?
    3. How do you see your library using Instagram?
    4. What app did you try and what did you think of it?
    5. Is there anything else cool you have learned about Instagram that you’d like to share?