Another project I’ve been charged with in my internship is to plan and set up social media posts for the library. This includes using Later.com to intentionally create and release content on the music library’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts.
For inspiration, I first browsed the accounts of other music libraries around the world. Trends I noticed included: collections highlights, staff highlights, and aesthetic photos of the library’s’ interior. These trends encouraged me to come up with something different and fun, but which incorporated these elements.
In the end, what I have decided to do is to take our library’s mascot (a little woolen sheep named Johann Sheepbastian Baaaach) on little “diplomatic missions” to other libraries across Indiana University’s campus. While there J.S. Baaaach would pose with music materials in those other library’s collections.
My goal with this project is to highlight other libraries that music students could use for research, thus building stronger interdisciplinary bridges between patrons, libraries, and campus as a whole. On a bigger scale, this project also allows for a small degree of networking for the music library. With each library visit, I reach out to one of the librarians to tell them about my project and to see if they have any recommended music materials that they would like to highlight. By doing so, I am helping the music library to build relationships with other subject librarians, setting us up for better future collaboration.