Find us on...

Although this is the only site we have aimed mainly at our fellow library professionals, you can find us on various user-facing platforms.

Twitter: @UoYLibrary
Our Student-Union-Award-winning Twitter account is run by the Comms Team, who also look after the IT Services equivalent.

Blog: Liberating Information
Our student-and-staff-facing blog is run by Comms and contributed to from people all over Information Services. The most popular post in its history is one of the most practical - how to use our services off campus when the weather is so bad you can't make it in.

YouTube: York Information Services
Our YouTube channel covers all three elements of our converged service: Library, IT and Archives. We use it mainly to show people how to do stuff: the most popular videos have always been the Virtual Tours, but apart from those the most viewed film is one on how to connect to the wifi.

In its first 3.5 years our channel has received over 1,400 hours worth of watching - so although not many of our users subscribe or comment, a lot of them do find and watch the videos.

Slideshare: UniofYorkLibrary
We use Slideshare to upload presentations after certain teaching sessions or events, so the users can find them online, or embedded in our LibGuides or VLE. We're going to use it more strategically in our 2016/17 Induction plans, more on which later.

Unsurprisingly it's been the slides with mass appeal beyond our own user base that have attracted the most views, with three presentations around academic use of Twitter each being viewed over 20,000 times. The most popular deck has been this one on using Twitter in teaching.

Prezi: UoYInformation
We use Prezi for teaching sessions and overviews of services, particularly in Induction: it's relatively straightforward, if you have floor plans for your library buildings, to turn them into an Interactive Map. This has proved very popular not just with students but also with staff..

Scribd: UoYInformation
Scribd is useful for hosting PDFs that then become embeddable, browsable documents. We have created guides to the key databases for each Department which we then embed on the relevant LibGuide, as well as guides to social media for researchers which have proved popular.

Instagram: UoYLibrary
There's no doubt Instagram is not a fad and is hugely popular with the student demographic. We've very recently set up our account ans gradually building up the content.