As a librarian with an interest in Social Media (I hesitate to use the label Social Media Librarian) I find the ways websites like Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, etc. can benefit libraries/information settings as fascinating. In some cases, it is rather self-explanatory (for instance Facebook pages), but in others, it is a bit of a head-scratcher. I’ve been wondering about the professional uses of tumblr while losing hours worth of personal time on fangirl activities I would rather not own to. Tumblr is one of those sites that has mixed media – and by this I do not entirely mean it’s ability to host images, text and videos – where it is rather easy to navigate away from “safe for work” sites. Personally, I have never come across anything overtly pornagraphic on Tumblr, but I can see how that could be an issue. Should libraries use a social media site that has a reputation of being a vortex of infamy like Tumblr (I just made that up – possibly unfairly)? The Unquiet Librarian; has written a blogpost-cum-article on the subject over on her blog.
I am in no way affiliated with this article, I just find it interesting. The discussion still stands, however. Do you think Tumblr has professional uses or should it be kept as a strictly personal site used by McFassy fans? To take it a step further, I would postulate that youth librarians could probably find a way to integrate it into their social media use, but I believe the Information Managers who could make the best use of a site like Tumblr are those with image-heavy interests. I would love to see the local archives on Tumblr, for instance, with daily old photograph/general interest posts.