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Branding your library with Local History: HistoryPin

Enhance your library's image by uncovering your community's past! From book displays to online exhibits; learn how to introduce patrons to your local history treasures.

HistoryPin

Historypin

  • Like Flickr, HistoryPin is a free service that allows users to “Pin” historical images or video to an online channel.
  • However, these uploads are “Pinned” to an interactive map using the Google Maps platform.
  • Some items can be pinned to street view: which overlays the historic image with a present photograph of the area.
  • Users can “Dispute” or comment on items your library pins; adding narrative or information to items in your collection. You can also create tours of the area that invite patrons to explore your community.
  • HistoryPin can also be downloaded as a mobile app; so your collections can be viewed on the go!
  • This works especially well if you have a historic district or wish to conduct an oral history project.
Pros
  • Easy to navigate, step-by-step instruction for first time users, interactive.
  • Can be accessed via smartphone or tablet.
  • Unique ability to provide geographic context to historic images.

Cons

  • Items only appear if they are “pinned” to a specific location.
  • Bulk uploads; over 100 items, require users to create a CSV spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel. The uploader only works with Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome; however a tutorial and template can be downloaded to help first-time users.
  • Site has a tendency to “glitch”; items pinned to the wrong address or, in some cases, lock users out of their account. 

HistoryPin Channels