Getting started on Pinterest

I love me some Pinterest. As an unqualified but enthusiastic librarian who has to compulsively go over the top with everything, Pinterest is a Mecca of ideas (and not just for me, many experienced librarians love Pinterest).

If you’ve never used Pinterest before, follow the sign up steps (you can use your Facebook account and change your screen name and photo later) and then have a look at these two screen dumps I took of Pinterest and then labelled:


I think that with social media, it’s best to learn through doing, which is why I haven’t put a linear step by step set of instructions. If you do something wrong, you can always unPin or unlike it (that doesn’t work for all social media- what you put out there is there forever so be nice!). However, in the top right you might notice the yellow-highlighted cursor. Clicking “Your profile and Pins” will take you to the next screen dump:


Creating boards for educational resources.

If you see something you want to re-Pin, hover over the picture and select “Pin it”. Choose which board you wish to add it to (remembering that Pinterest will remember you last chosen board) and add or modify a caption. I usually leave the captions as they often acknowledge the source of the Pin, but sometimes I add a further comment regarding how I hope to use the information.

If you want to add something to a board that isn’t a Pin (like a website or picture), you have two options:

1) If there’s a Pinterest button on the page you are Pinning (usually red, sometimes just a graphic of a tack), just click it and select the image you want to turn into the link when you are given choices. The rest of the process works just like a re-Pin.

2) If there is no Pinterest button, go into the board you want to add an item to and select the blank plus sign in the top left of your board. You will be prompted to enter a URL which you can cut and paste.

It’s as easy as that! You can’t break Pinterest (I hope. This is not a challenge), you just need to have a go.


  • Easy to use,
  • very visual,
  • holds a lot of data,
  • signs up through Facebook,
  • has an “Education” category because so many teachers use it.


  • Many websites, particularly those that are not blogs or are outside of the USA, do not have a “Pin” button, making it a little slower to add content.
  • If you’re looking to Pinterest to stay connected with youth and popular culture, you can do better on Tumblr. Many students are not on Pinterest. You will find a lot of pop culture by clicking on the “Celebrity” or “Geek” categories, but many of these items can also be found elsewhere.

Overall, I love using Pinterest. It’s very easy to use and a great way to organise content. It’s been a life-saver as a Notbrarian and gives me ideas for the library that staff then think are amazing.

Give it a go!



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