I have a dirty little secret I’ve been hiding from the librarian community for years. Here goes: I’m not an organized person. I’m pretty sure this is a mortal sin in the library world. My desk is piled with papers, and my pin boards are stuck with random collections of postcards, pictures and schedules, some years-old, yellowing under the fluorescent work lights. Comparing my desk to say, any of my co-workers, you’ll see that I’m the bad neighbor in the hood, the one with waist-high weeds and cars ratcheted up on concrete blocks. There, I’ve said it. What a relief.
Life as a disorganized person means a constant fascination with things that have the capacity to bring one into a state of Zen-like oganization. I have recently stumbled across a cool new social media tool that could actually bring order to my world. Have you heard of Pinterest? It just recently started appearing on all of these blogs I read, so I had to check it out. Granted, my main pursuit on the site has been to create fantasy fashion boards for myself, you know, so that when I’m a kept-woman I can fill my closet with Prada and Marni. Now I’m trying to figure out a way to incorporate an amusing diversion into the workplace.
Turns out there are scads of articles illustrating how librarians are using Pinterest at work. It may be that public libraries are ideally situated to make use of the tool, since you can pin a bunch of book covers into a themed board. But I’ve been thinking about creating a board of handy free resources for our summer associates. I would share it with you, but so far it looks like a kindergartener’s art project. The images I’m trying to use end up stretched out on the board. Perhaps with some fine-tuning I can turn it into a work of art, or at least something that says the library is hip to it.