Pinterest in Academic Libraries: Social media policy on visual social networks


  • Logan Bingle University of British Columbia



Pinterest, social media, communication planning


Social media has come to dominate the world of online communication. As a result, the social media ecosystem has come to support a diversity of social media platforms to meet various user needs. A unique user need that has recently emerged is the desire for visual communication that is typified by social media platforms such as Pinterest. This briefing examines the emergence of Pinterest as a specific example of a visual social network. The briefing then proposes a framework to develop a social media plan for Pinterest from literature on the use of Pinterest in academic libraries.

Author Biography

Logan Bingle, University of British Columbia

Logan Bingle is a student at the School of Library, Information, and Archival Studies (SLAIS) at the University of British Columbia (UBC). His primary focus is the design of information systems to bridge the gap between people, organizations, and information. Logan expects to graduate in August 2017 with a Masters of Library and Information Studies (MLIS).


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