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The 2016 KidLit Conference Program Is Out!

This year’s theme is Gatekeepers and Keymasters: Connecting bloggers, librarians, teachers, authors, and parents to promote literacy.
Here’s where this theme came from: At every KidLitCon, some of the most lively discussions involve the idea of “gatekeepers”—the grown ups who write, review, sell, and buy children’s books for kids and teens. How do we, the grown ups (mostly) writing our on-line reviews and promoting books in the field, assess what books are good fits for which kids? And how do we contribute to the process of getting those books to the kids? We hope to discuss the whole idea of “gatekeeping” itself as a role, with those involved not authoritarian abstractions but book-moving engineers—road pavers and bridge builders. How does an individual (reviewer, agent, editor, translator, teacher, parent, librarian bookseller), or group within the industry shape the world of kid’s books, and how can opening this circle to new cultures and voices potentially reshape it? Topics we wa…

Hashtags Do's and Don'ts

Is It Always a Good Idea to Use Hashtags on Social Media?
By Jill Kurtz, APR on April 28, 2016 Featured Member Post Locowise did a study last year that looked at best practices for the use of hashtags. The study examined how brands use hashtags in their posts, how many hashtags they use, and what the engagement rate is depending on number of hashtags used. Three months of data from Instagram and Twitter were examined. The engagement rate is defined as the percentage of total followers who either click on like or comment (or retweet on Twitter) on each post. You can apply this information to your personal Instagram or Twitter hashtag use, too.

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