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#Followalibrary Day Follow-up

Posted: November 6th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: libraries, marketing, twitter | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Thanks so much to all who participated in #Followalibrary Day. I had a great time chatting with passionate people from absolutely everywhere. I’m especially grateful to Karen du Toit and Wilma van den Brink for their masterful steering on the day. It’s such a pleasure to be on Team @followalibrary – I love that we drive the day from three countries! And here’s some more excitement…

  If you couldn’t make it, or you want a refresh, here’s the Storify:

Join us on October 1st for #followalibrary Day!

Posted: September 24th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: libraries, marketing, social networking | Tags: , , | No Comments »

This post originally appeared on International Librarians Network.

Are you passionate about promoting your library? Do you need to escape the echo chamber and reach people from other industries, and non-users? Does your library do or have something that may surprise people? Make sure you get behind #followalibrary Day! At a minimum, you and your library service will get more followers.

Sexy Tweet: Follow Me @DianaGavrilita uploaded by Seattle Clouds.

Sexy Tweet: Follow Me @DianaGavrilita uploaded by Seattle Clouds.

This online event runs all day on October 1st. It’s a marketing, advocacy, networking free-for-all; a drop-in, casual twitter chat that feels like a group hug. Everyone everywhere can participate, and with steering committee members from South Africa, the Netherlands, and Australia, it’s truly an international affair.

How to play:

• Add #followalibrary to your tweets
• Follow @followalibrary for discussion topics and questions
• Watch the stream by searching #followalibrary

This year we’ll tweet topics and questions from the @followalibrary account with a #librarysurprises focus. The idea is to spread the word about innovative, out-of-the-box library programs, resources, and work practices, that users and non-users may be surprised to learn we do. The #followalibrary stream may look like this:

@followalibrary: How does your library smash the libraries-as-quiet-places stereotype? #librarysurprises #followalibrary

@sclibs: By day: 70 ppl sang rhymes & danced the Hokey Pokey. By night: 40 teens watched anime on the big screen. #librarysurprises #followalibrary”

Libraries are great at advertising to, and asking for feedback from, our regular customers. But how well do we engage the wider community? Similarly, library staff know that libraries are doing amazing things for community building, skill-sharing, and of course literacy (to name a few). But do our funding bodies, our politicians, our business sector, know of this social value?

Let’s get noticed on October 1st by flooding our streams with #followalibrary tweets. We’ll spread the good word about the great work libraries are doing, while sharing ideas with each other. Our library twitter accounts will get more followers, our services will get more members, and our community will join the conversation – so what have you got to lose?! Join us for #followalibrary Day on October 1st.

Sounds on Sunday

Posted: February 9th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: music, other loves, Sounds on Sunday | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Another of my favourite artists is Björk. Here’s one reason:

Björk – Thunderbolt (live)

Buy/listen/learn here.

Wordless Wednesday

Posted: February 5th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: family, wordless Wednesday | Tags: , , , | No Comments »


Posted: February 4th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: gratituesday | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

My supportive workmates.

All of them.


Sounds on Sunday

Posted: February 2nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: music, other loves | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Autechre (pron. awe-tek-er) are hands-down one of my fave bands. Of all the wicked songs I could share, I chose this one because of the amazing clip. It’s hectic and brilliant, and you simply must watch:

Survived that?! Buy some!

Wordless Wednesday

Posted: January 29th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: family, other loves, parenting, pregnancy | Tags: , , , | No Comments »


Posted: January 28th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: gratituesday | Tags: , , , | No Comments »


My girls.
My girls.
My girls.

Friends, I’ve been offline. Our beautiful boy Ashton was stillborn recently.

Posted: January 5th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: family, parenting, pregnancy | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Just over two months ago (30.10.13) our beautiful baby boy Ashton was stillborn at 38 weeks. Naturally, I have been offline since our tragedy. We have had wonderful support from family and dear friends during this intense grieving period. I’ll always be extremely grateful for the loving support, space, hugs and heartfelt correspondences (and dinners, plants, flowers, etc. etc.) As the fog is slowly lifting I wanted to share our awful news with you, dear reader. My PLN, twitter friends, Libraryland people and online buddies have always extended the kindest of support to me, most excellent wife J. and Belle (AKA #GeeBee). During this pregnancy was no exception. So I wanted to you to know why I have been quiet online, and more importantly, what’s been going on in the Greenhouse.

Baby Ashton 026


Most people are asking, in their own way, what can they do? What do we need?

We have truly felt solace and comfort from thoughts and prayers; spoken, written and otherwise. For us, it is important to talk about Ash with people because it acknowledges his too short and extremely important life. Communicating with us about a tragedy like this is sometimes too difficult for people, and we completely understand this. I feel and appreciate these people’s thoughts and prayers equally. To save others from living with such a loss, we are raising money for research into stillbirth. My family, and others, would be very grateful for any donation you could spare. Please visit:

THANK YOU so much to those loving folk who have already donated ☺

And thank you dear reader for your support.
May 2014 bring you love, positivity and good health.


Top 3 fantastic kids’ library spaces

Posted: August 16th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: city library, design, libraries | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Hello, hello! As I said on Wednesday, I’m privileged to be involved in creating a new, purpose-built central library. Awesome, huh?! To create the best library we possibly can for our community, I’m asking for your help please. I’m starting operation #crowdlib! By crowdsourcing ideas for library design and programming, I hope we’ll all share knowledge, learn things, and get inspired. As a massive bonus, my community will score the best.library.EVER!

Borgarbókasafn Reykjavíkur (Reykjavik City Library) photo by me!

I’d love you to let me know your Top 3 kids’ library spaces by:

  • tweeting using #crowdlib
  • leaving a comment here
  • mentioning or direct messaging me on twitter @dpgreen

Please get involved, share and follow the #crowdlib hashtag.
My learning is your learning!

My community and I thank you in advance :)