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Stewart Bain of @Orkneylibrary fame to speak at MmITS AGM!

We are very excited to announced that Stewart Bain of @OrkneyLibrary fame (and double Golden Twit winner!) has agreed to speak at the MmITS AGM at 2pm on Tuesday 24th April in Glasgow University Library.

We would like to invite both CILIP members and non-members to attend the AGM and to hear Stewart’s presentation. Places are limited so sign up now!

Stewart’s presentation

Stewart’s presentation will give an overview of all of Orkney Library and Archive’s social media activities since they started using them in 2009. This will include a look at the different online services they use, how they complement and generate content for each other, and the many benefits they have brought. Stewart will look at the increased interaction they have with users and the way the service has been opened up to people on the various islands in Orkney, and far beyond. He will also cover the unexpected opportunities that have arisen for the library since they began using social media, such as being invited to speak at London Book Fair (and the MmITS post-AGM seminar!).

About Stewart

Stewart Bain began working at Orkney Library & Archive in the same year that B*witched split up. He does a bit of Reader Development and is (ir)responsible for the @OrkneyLibrary Twitter account. Can occasionally be heard saying stuff on BBC Radio Orkney. Likes biscuits.

Orkney Library & Archive’s use of social media began on Twitter in 2009, and since then @OrkneyLibrary has gained overt 5,000 followers. Now there is also the Archive Blog & Stromness Library Blog, Facebook and Google+ pages, and a Foursquare account.

In 2009 Orkney Library & Archive worked with BBC Audiobooks on ‘Vintage Beeb Week’, a series of BBC themed events that saw BBC Radio Orkney broadcast daily from the library building. Orkney Library & Archive joined with Faber & Faber in June 2010 to launch the ‘At home with Faber’ online reading group, which now has junior and teenage spin-offs. 2011 saw @OrkneyLibrary win the Public Service and the Information Service categories at the GoldenTwit Awards.To support National Libraries day in February 2012 Orkney Library & Archive teamed up with Agatha Christie Ltd and HarperCollins to bring ‘The Body in the Library’ to Twitter.

More information on the AGM and details about the venue are available on the MmITS website. We look forward to seeing you there!


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