Get GIFy with it: How to go viral during Banned Books Week

Official Banned Books Week Webinar NOTE: This past webinar has now been archived. The recording can be viewed on YouTube or below for free.

GIFs, memes, hashtags, Instagram, Twitter, Thunderclaps and more. Adjusting pixel sizes, shrinking hyperlinks, and tagging libraries. You may have a working knowledge of these concepts and understand the vocabulary of social media, but with this webinar you will learn more!

Not only will social media gurus share tips and tactics to take your online presence from bland to grand, but OIF will also provide resources to join its new Banned Books Week national activity, the Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament. 

Banned Books Week 2017 is September 24 - 30. #BannedBooksWeek @OIF

This archived webinar was originally presented August 2, 2017
Running time: 59 minutes

Learning Outcomes

Attendees will
  • promote the freedom to read during Banned Books Week
  • discover methods to increase engagement with their community
  • learn tips and tricks of social media campaigns
  • have the opportunity to partner with ALA for a Twitter Tournament

Who Should Attend

  • Librarians; public, K-12 school, academic
  • Teachers; English, Government, History, Civics
  • Organizations concerned with Reading, Censorship, and Intellectual Freedom
  • State Library Associations and Intellectual Freedom Advocates


Ellie Diaz

Ellie Diaz is a biblio-writer that’s dedicated to integrating thoughtful content into the wonderful world of hashtags and GIFs. She’s thankful that these skills are useful at her job at the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, where she collaborates with experts on social media strategies and catchy taglines for the next big project. A fierce advocate for the freedom to read, Ellie is excited to share details about the upcoming Banned Books Week, where social media will be brought to the forefront and libraries are invited to join the #conversation. @EllieintheStax

Allison Palmer

Allison Palmer currently oversees digital engagement at The New York Public Library (@NYPL). She has previously held digital roles at various nonprofit organizations including GLAAD and the LGBT Community Center in NYC. @allisonpalmer

Maria AtilanoMaria Atilano is the Marketing and Student Outreach Librarian at the University of North Florida’s Thomas G. Carpenter Library in Jacksonville, Florida. She began working in academic libraries in 2002 as a student employee while studying at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Before becoming a librarian, Maria held staff positions as Library Services Specialist in Public Services and Sr. Library Services Associate in Special Collections at UNF. She graduated with her MLIS from Florida State University in 2012. Maria’s professional interests include social media, marketing, graphic design, student outreach, instruction, and reference services. @mdatilano





How to Register

Tech Requirements

You'll need stable internet connection and working headphones/speakers.


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