Libraries, Book Dating and Meetup

Does your library use Meetup? A year and a half ago, one of our then new librarians launched a totally new (to us) program – Book Dating. It’s been delightfully  successful (press coverage has definitely helped), and sometimes we’ve had almost 40 people attend an event. But after a year, promoting Book Dating has presented […]

NOLA to New York (and NJ)

In my exploration of tumblr as a useful media platform, NOLA to New York is my favorite find of the day. It exemplifies of one of the best uses for tumblr – info-sharing that can then be shared to a much wider audience. And it’s just a really good project in general. “Alvin had a […]

Will Sandy Bring New Purpose to Tumblr?

As post-Hurricane Sandy chaos and recovery continue, tumblr suddenly seems useful in a way that it never has before. Fitting the Message to the Medium In 2008, although I had played around with twitter, I didn’t yet get it’s usefulness. But then in November 2008, the Orange County Register used twitter to aggregate eyewitness and […]

Challenging Myself to Blog EVERY Day

I spend so much time writing for work, that I’m terrible about blogging for myself. So I’m going to challenge myself to write one blog post a month this November, and maybe in the process I’ll figure out how to write something useful, yet short and manageable on a more regular basis. Today’s Library to-do […]

To Join ALA, or not to Join ALA?

This post is the result of a response to a comment my friend John – who is not a member of ALA – wrote on my post from last April, Should We create a National Library Association?, asking whether American Libraries need a public advocacy group, dedicated to raising public awareness of the importance of […]

Is it Still a Great Marketing Video if No One Watches?

Last fall I made a series of pretty good library marketing videos, about some of the folks who make the library work. I tried to make them fairly tight – less than a minute and a half long – and anecdotally entertaining. In general, they got a good reaction. But despite posting them on our […]

Funding a New Mexico Public Library

Last week, my mother’s cousin sent this report about the very tiny El Rito Library, in New Mexico – where public library funding is precarious.  She’s originally from Ohio, where public libraries have greater  financial support from the state. What strikes me most about my aunt’s letter is that the public library’s annual budget is […]

Ask and you shall receive: “Hey girl. I like the library too.”

Two exciting developments this week in the land of Librarians in Pop Culture – I’m really excited about the Library Boing Boing project. With the website redesign deadline looming, I don’t really have time to do much more than sign the petition and follow its development.  But the aspects I’m most excited about are: Help […]

Librarians in Pop Culture

How can Libraries and Librarians get a stronger positive toe hold in Popular American Culture? Unfortunately, even folks who love the library feel that they have to apologize for their love.  This was underlined yesterday when I read a blog post on our local patch, in which a young local wrote, “When my mom poked […]

Short musing on making stuff, or, Thank Goodness I went to Art School

One of the things I learned in grad school was to look at every potentially “produced” sculpture as a draft. This allows me to evaluate what does and does not work, which elements tell the story I’m trying to tell, and which detract from it, or get in the way. And one of the dangers […]