Hashtags are used in social media to connect people in discussing the same topic, even if they don’t know each other. For example, during the current test cricket series, people have been commenting using the #ashes hashtag.
The British Library uses hashtags for all their exhibitions. Their current exhibition Georgians revealed uses #BLGeorgians to connect promotion, and people talking about the exhibition.
We would like to start connecting discussion and images of New South Wales Public Libraries through the use of the suggested hashtag #nswpubliclibraries. The only recorded instance of its use to date is
Instagram is a photograph sharing tool. Over 150 million people are active users, sharing 16 billion photographs, with over 55 million new photographs being shared each day. Over 1.2 million photographs on Instagram are tagged #library. Have a look at some of the photographs, and you will see how many hashtags people use on their photographs
If you or your library is on Instagram you can share photographs (eg events, collections, services and staff) using the hashtag #nswpubliclibraries. We suggest also including a hashtag for your library - you might choose the name of the council, town or suburb.
You can use the same hashtag #nswpubliclibraries on Flickr and we will add it to a group. We have added this tag to our images of NSW public libraries.
The James B Hunt Library in North Carolina has been displaying and collecting photographs from their library clients. Some of the photographs show how lovely the building is, and some show how people are using the spaces. You can see examples of the images here.
The State Library is investigating a similar method to showcase public libraries across New South Wales - the hashtag will make it possible.
What do you need to do? When you share an image of a NSW public library to Instagram or Flickr, please add #nswpubliclibraries to it. We will also be collecting tweets of #nswpubliclibraries.
Cameron Morley and Ellen Forsyth