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…
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.
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.
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.
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!
I am in the enviable position of being able to help plan a new, purpose-built central library. Seriously! It’s a massive task, and I am so excited to be involved. Quite probably it is a once in a career opportunity. As a Children’s and Youth Librarian, my areas of focus are designing two AWESOME spaces: one for children 0-12ish and one for young people 12-18ish. I’m also extremely excited about creating a maker/hacker/content creation space for digital ‘things’, fine arts, and group learning through play and discovery. I’d love to please ask YOU for inspiration, help and information. For, as you know, “everybody is smarter than anybody”.
Did I mention we have a bottomless pit of money?!* So shoot for the moon!
I’m really hoping this crowdsourcing experience will benefit us all; we will all learn and be inspired So please, share with me. Let’s you and I create the best library with the best programs!
In the next few days, I’m hoping to pick your brains so we can all learn excellent examples of:
library design best practice
brilliantly designed libraries
spaces for children, and, spaces for young people
hacker/maker/content creation spaces
programming for children, and, programming for young people
To keep requests bite-sized, I imagine I’ll ask for your Top 3 responses to future posts and tweets.
When you’re answering my calls for help please use #crowdlib.
Please do what people-who-work-with-and-for-people do best – please help and share, so together we can learn and create something beautiful, and essential.
My community and I truly thank you in advance.
p.s. For those mega eager to help, how about leaving me a “Here to help!” comment, or tweet me mentioning #crowdlib. Thanks party people
*actual pit is far from bottomless, but aim HUGE anyway 😉
Enter the You As The Dewey Decimal System generator! My deets produced this:
David Green’s Dewey Decimal Section: 218 Humankind
David Green = 4129478554 = 412+947+855+4 = 2218
The Bible and other religious texts, books about the general philosophy and theory of religion.
What it says about you:
You don’t mind thinking about the unknown or other very big ideas. You will never feel like your work is finished. The 200-series is dominated by Christian topics, so you may feel like you’re constantly surrounded by Christians.
All I entered was name, birth date & fave number between 1-3 (optional). I had 3 results to choose from (2 with identical wording) & I could choose the colour. So yeah, I don’t think it’s an exact science 😉
“Humankind;” that’s nice, I like that.
Yes, I do enjoy “thinking about the unknown or other very big ideas”.
Oh? “(I) will never feel like (my) work is finished?” Really?! Oh. NO!
I haven’t ever felt like I’m surrounded by Christians. Except for in church.
Like in any group of people, so long as they’re cool thinkers, this would never be a problem for me. Despite what the generator is implying.
As I mentioned, I have only just scored an iPad for work, so I am new to iPad photography. The few iPad photos I have taken have been okay quality & I’m keen to keep practising. I do take many photos with my phone though. I love the convenience of having a camera in your pocket, and being able to share pics instantly. Up until yesterday I have been having serious troubles using packet data on my phone for nearly 3 months. I have been too lazy to investigate, and have just used wifi at home & work. However, this has meant I’ve nearly stopped sharing phone pics. The problem is now fixed; I hadn’t updated the software. D’oh!
Here’s a phone photo I’m quite happy with:
Sunrise. View from our balcony at home.
I use phone and iPad photos posted to work twitter, Facebook and Tumblr accounts to promote library events & engage customers. This works! Of course, taking photos then posting in real time is the bonus of mobile tech. For example, I tweeted a cute teddy photo to amp people up for our recent Teddy Bears’ Picnic. I also take quick snaps of new anime & manga as they hit my desk, then upload to work social media accounts. And sometimes to my own if I’m especially excited about new things
How do you use mobile tech photography in your life? And at your work?
I’m excited that this post is a part of Kelly, Sophie & Liz‘s excellent project Show Me the Awesome: 30 days of self-promotion. Dedicating 30 days to spreading the good word on how library people are doing awesome things, you can read many inspiring posts by searching twitter, Tumblr and blogs for #30awesome. Check out Kelly and Sophie‘s intro posts for more info.
When I landed my job as Children’s and Youth Librarian, part of my brief was to place a particular emphasis on engaging teens. Historically our library service hadn’t kicked too many goals in this area, but we’re not alone in that. It’s not always the case, but teens can be a tough demographic to get into libraries and using library services. However, I’m stoked to report I have finally had a break-through! Introducing…
My libraries’ Manga + Anime Group, or MAG as we affectionately call it, is a common interest group for 12-17 year olds. It’s free to ‘join’ the group; you don’t have to be a library member, and you come whenever you can. The group is for young people who are into manga, anime, and comics. I admit it’s not an original concept, but starting MAG in our library was my brainchild and I am proud of the idea. We meet fortnightly at our central branch for 1.5 hours, but people often stay an extra half hour til the library closes (yeah!). At MAG, teens:
draw (and, oh. Whoa. They can draw!)
listen to their music (apparently mine is “weird”)
It is group-driven and firmly motivated by my “give the people what they want; it’s their library” philosophy. Every week I tell the group “this is your group, so you call the shots, we can do whatever you want (chuckle, snicker), within reason”. So when they asked for a Tea Party, we had one. They all bought some food – some even baked – and I provided fancy teas, tablecloths, brownies and flowers. Occasionally we have special events as requested by the group. For National Youth Week we screened anime and ate pizza. When they asked to hangout more online, I made a MAG Facebook page; a couple of keen teens are page admins like me, but I also moderate. We also created a teen-powered MAG Tumblr. The group have log-in details and some submit drafts which I moderate and publish. One group member kindly tweaked the Tumblr code and another is working on custom banners for Facebook and Tumblr. I love that they feel/know these online spaces are theirs, just like they ‘own’ the library during MAG. Did I mention these guys often come to MAG in partial cosplay and Lolita?! Awesome.
Each meeting I pin up large sheets of paper with questions and topics to plan events as a group, encourage idea sharing and to pick their brains. Questions have included: More people would come to this library if… And, How can we awesome-ize our MAG Facebook page? Last week a group member penned the question: If you could be best friends with a manga/anime character, who would it be? I also lay out a large table with pencils, markers, paper, card, origami stuff, discarded manga to cut, collage or take home. There’s also books about how-to-draw manga and comics, and post-its for ideas. The guys commandeer a stereo and make use of the PCs I reserve for them. I feel I should mention, there is no budget for MAG. When I want something (like tea bags, popcorn or origami paper) I clear it with my supervisor and we get it from the whole library promotion budget.
Since conception seven months ago, the numbers have grown from ten, to twelve, and now a constant sixteen. I’m super stoked with those numbers. Almost everyone is a library member and a few have joined the library since attending MAG. Three young people even travel from the neighbouring LGA i.e. a different library service. And the loans! Most of them borrow heaps of manga, anime and some comics, and some also borrow youth fiction. Compared with the same period last year, since MAG has begun, graphic novel loans at our central branch are up 28%. Also, by observation only (because we haven’t yet catalogued titles to differentiate them from other DVD/Blu-ray loans), I know our anime loans are way up too. It’s not all about the numbers – not ever – but I need to justify my programs, budgets, and my time. These figures definitely help.
It’s hard to get teens into my library, but once a fortnight they own it. They fill it with creativity, laughter and K-Pop. (That’s Korean Pop; don’t worry I had to look it up it too.) I’m proud of my little group and what we’ve achieved. So when you say “Show Me the Awesome!” I’ll show you MAG.
Have you heard? October 1st is #followalibrary Day on twitter!
Ice cased Adelie penguins after a blizzard at Cape Denison / photograph by Frank Hurley. By State Library of NSW on Flickr.
I’m excited this great event is back! On October 1, funtastic folk will be tweeting the AWESOMENESS of libraries and using the hashtag #followalibrary. We’ll be tweeting about reading, creating, playing, communicating, learning, sharing & all the other excellent stuff we do in libraries. It’s such a cool way to spread library love
To promote the event, my workmates & I made a video, which I’m excited to share with you:
To stay in the loop, you should follow @followalibrary on twitter & check out the blog too. Also, start searching twitter now for #followalibrary & join the par-tay. Most importantly, make sure you join in the fun on #followalibrary Day & I’ll look forward to tweeting with you on October 1st!
p.s. That’s the first time I’ve specifically mentioned where I work, so you can tell I’m proud of this video! I’m also proud of my workplace & workmates in general, I just hadn’t mentioned it yet