I LOVE Pinterest. I heard about in my UNO Master's class last December and immediately requested an invitation. I also just recently found the iPhone app - so I added that, as well. It’s one of the best things I’ve discovered since Goodreads last January.
Not only is it chock full of super great ideas and photos, but it really does provide some great information, both personally and professionally. Professionally, I have found some inspiration for displays and activities. Personally, I have discovered how to freeze crockpot meals and have collected images of styles I like (and look good on me!) and how to make boards of things that inspire me and feed my spirit. The second aspect is probably the most crucial this year as a new librarian. I have to say it's nice to get lost in all the visuals and completely block out everything else for a little while. It turned into a visual gratitude list and I find myself winding down as I look at my pins and the pins of other members.
My favorite board is Books Worth Reading. Choosing books that really speak to me go on this board, and I have found another way to connect with librarians through the books I've read. We are all busy, and sometimes overwhelmed, and Pinterest has provided a great way to get ideas and see what works in other libraries. Some of the ways libraries are using Pinterest are so inspiring and out of the box. Creating dialogue and a rapport with our patrons is a huge part of what we do each day. Quick, easy and free are all a slam dunk!
Beware, it will suck you in and you will resurface gasping for air hours later or when your family starts shrieking for food.