Category Archives: Libraries

The importance of library advocates

Hello fair readers!

An article on Forbes.com has me thinking quite a bit about the importance of creating a sense of pride and advocacy with our patrons. The article is called “Young Learners Need Librarians, Not Just Google” and here is the important part.

It is not written by a librarian and it is not being published in a library or education related journal.

I’m not denying the validity of writing to ourselves. Research and data that proves the need for keeping libraries and librarians around can provide mad firepower when it comes to funding. I think we could also argue that sometimes we have to convince even ourselves that we have a purpose. (or sometimes we just need to keep or reach tenure, ahem) But in the grand scheme of things, can librarians truly be our own advocates? And are we really reaching the people we need to reach when these studies are published in our own journals?

No. No we are not. I believe they call that “preaching to the converted”. Most of us know already that we are needed and I’m not talking about just being concerned about our job security.

I’m talking about the giant jump in circulation statistics and the simple numbers of how many people are entering our libraries and using our services. These  are the day to day reminders of how very important we are and how very important it is to fight for our survival.

But when I go to a major news website and see a screenie like this…

Check out the Top Rated section.

Then that means to me that someone got to him. Someone got to Mark Moran and instilled a sense of not just pride but responsibility for libraries in him. Some library or librarian made this CEO feel strong enough that he sat down and wrote in our defense.

The ALA has a great guide on how to create an advocacy network here. But don’t forget that every good exchange you have with a patron…every time you give someone great service and help them find what they need…you are creating a sense of advocacy in someone.  And that, fair readers, does so much to promote, to advocate, to save our libraries.

I’ll see you on the flipside, fair readers. And don’t forget to share…

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I’ll bet you write beautiful letters.

Hello fair readers!

Last night I went to a planning meeting for a super exciting concept that is in the works. Let me direct your eyes over to the Info Activist website for a little more detail…

http://informationactivist.wordpress.com/2010/02/21/social-justice-librarian-style-and-a-networking-opportunity-are-coming-to-chicago/

A Chicago version of The Desk Set is in the works. There will be plenty more details to come. In the meantime, I have been given some homework…

That’s right. I’ve never seen it. Shame on me!

Have a lovely week fair readers!

Cash rules everything around me

Check it out fair readers! Free money!! It’s a miracle to behold! Thank you National Book Foundation angels!

This prize is perfect for libraries. Check it out! (dolla dolla bill y’all)

Have a lovely wintery day!

Public Service Announcement

Hello fair readers,

According to Wikipedia, a Public Service Announcement (also known as the PSA in certain circles) is typically made on radio or television and meant to inform the people and raise awareness about specific issues.

PSA!! PSA!!

I feel like the concept applies to our situation. :)

I thought I would ask you take time for your busy holiday schedules to take a peak at the lastest post on the Young Librarian Series, announcing the creation of a Young Librarian’s Book Club for chicagoland library workers!

Click here: http://blogs.tametheweb.com/younglibrarian/2009/12/07/young-librarians-book-club/

And think about participating! Not only will this provide us with some great networking opportunities but more importantly, it’s fun! The author of the post Carrie Straka has come up with some great guidelines and a really neat idea. So I had to share it with the community, a la PSA

oh noes!

So have a lovely, wintery day fair readers! And I took forward to seeing some of you at the book club!

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Fair readers,

This is amazing.

Thank you so much Illinois Synergy participants.  This rocks.

A fine way to start the week

Just read this:

http://jaslarue.blogspot.com/2008/07/uncle-bobbys-wedding.html

Over and out fair readers.

Belated Happy Things!

Hello fair readers,

This is kinda late-ish to be posting but now that we are officially in the throws of a most glorious Autumn

Image from pntphotos flickr page

Image from pntphoto's flickr page

there is more time to cozy up inside, grab a cup of coffee and keep my blogs up to date.  Am I right?

Anyways the happy thing that I would like to thank the Chicago Tribune for posting a great article about libraries and guess who was in it?

Changing Face of Library Science

Changing Face of Library Science

Yay!  The is the first time I have managed to get my picture in the paper since my theater days circa 1995 and also that was the tiny Kalamazoo Gazette…not the Tribune…so needless to say I’m super excited.  The interview was fun.  It didn’t feel like a “death of the book” type piece, which has become so common these days.  And I’m so excited that I actually didn’t get cut from the article! Woo hoo!

The link to the article is here but because its a supplement, its a little strange and pdf-ish. Just to warn you.

So hurray for newspapers and long live print! (that’s right I said it)  Have a lovely Autumn day fair readers! :)