MRRL’s Twitter account gets a shout out

Please excuse me a moment of self indulgence, MRRL’s twitter account got a shout out in a recent Library School Journal article about libraries using Twitter.  Since the flickr account and the blog are a labor of love on my part I’m so happy when I see that they are getting some love from someone else.  We’ve got the twitter account set up to show the RSS from the blog and flickr, pretty freaking sweet! 

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Teaching Patrons about Flickr

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