Using Social Media for Toledo’s Attic — Digital Curation

The use of Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and other social media for archives, libraries, and museums has been commonplace for several years.  It allows curators to promote the collections in social media while engaging the public in the process as well.  Toledo’s Attic has been on Facebook since 2009 and on Twitter and others since 2010.  The Instagram Gallery has been in use since November of 2012, and has invited over 200 submissions via the #toledosattic hashtag.  This is strictly an open gallery with crowd-sourced curation in place.  Toledo’s Attic has not placed a photo; instead, it provided a space to demonstrate what local and virtual Toledoans think of its history and legacy.  This year, we are exploring new chanels via Scoop.it, Tumblr, Stumbleupon, Storify, and some others.  Go to Toledo’s Attic and you will find all of our social media channels, which outlines our digital curation ecosystem called so exactly because of the interlinking and auto-feeding possibilities across these social networks. 

If you have mastered any one of these networks and feel passionate about the industrial, commercial, and social history of this area–Toledo, Ohio, Northwest Ohio, Lucas County, and the Maumee Valley–there may be an opportunity for writing and collaborating through the Toledo’s Attic project. 

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About Toledo's Attic

Since 1995, Toledo's Attic has been the virtual museum focusing on the twentieth-century history of Toledo and Northwest Ohio, offering a large collection of images and essays related to local history. Toledo's Attic is a co-operative project of the Ward M. Canaday Center of the University of Toledo, the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, the Maumee Valley Historical Society, and is hosted by WGTE Public Media.

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