Here's how they describe themselves
"Storify lets you curate social networks to build social stories, bringing together media scattered across the Web into a coherent narrative. We are building the story layer above social networks, to amplify the voices that matter and create a new media format that is interactive, dynamic and social."
Essentially what you can do is to easily pull in tweets, videos from Youtube, Facebook posting, blog posts from tumbler, pics from flickr & Instagram, entries from RSS feeds (not autoposting though), comments from Disqus and pretty much any online material into one page and in most cases it will include a nice snipplet picture or video and usually the correct date it was posted .
You can also annotate with text to explain some of the entries. I won't go in depth into how it works, it's pretty intuitive, in particular the newly released iPad app is a joy to behold.
There are many ways you can use Storify of course. But the main purpose is always telling a story about your library . As libraries start using diverse social media channels it might be difficult to unify them all together. For example say your library holds an event say a talk by a big name author or some conference. Storify can be used to pull in tweets, videos, blog posts from all your differing library social media channels into one page with very little effort.
You are not limited to just posts or tweets from your accounts, you could also include public tweets by users for example at the event. And of course your story created by Storify can be embedded.
Some uses I found by libraries or librarians or just library related news. Selected based on interest (to me) and impact (no. of views)
- Curate discussion on Twitter about whether library fines should stay or go
- National Libraries' Day 4th Feb 2012- Voices 4 the library
- Ian Clark's Day in a Life of a Librarian
- Documenting ALA "Future of Libraries" quasi-con 2012 Morning Unconference
- USCLibraries has a account and one of the things done is to showcase weekly conversations in the Twitterverse by their Twitter account
- SABC Media Libraries documenting "Knowledge Cafe"
- Stockholm Public Libraries is experimenting
- Skokie PublicLibrary "The case of the empty trapper keeper"
- Sophie Mcdonalds' storify account (UTS Library)
What I opted to do (see embedded below or the recommended full page) is slightly different. As you may know in my institution we do some amount of environment scanning of mentions of libraries online. In 2010, I blogged a little about some of what I found by creating screenshots and embedding some into the blog post, but it was frankly quite time consuming and difficult to maintain if I was using this method.