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This vid just in from Solano County on YouTube's MrDavidthelibrarian'schannel.

 

Solano County Geek vid_29Feb12

 

Wow, is this library incredibly active, getting the word out about their library every way possible. 

There is such energy out there. 

It's got to make you smile.

 


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Oscar Nominated...Animated Short...based on the BOOK....


ALA and every associated organisation should adopt the rights to this Oscar nominated animated short and have it up on their website.  It is that good.

Mr. Morris Lessmore

This website will only be open for a limited time.  If you ever wanted to show people how important are words and the spirit of the book - this is the way to do it.  The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.

 


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TELL your community what you do!


This recent article in the Boston Globe, "The new independent bookshop: It’s in your local library", is instructive in two ways.

  1. It gets the word out to Bostonians that libraries are selling books.  Actually selling books.  In a bookstore.  And people are coming in and buying them.  Come to your Library and BUY BOOKS, just like in a REAL BOOKSTORE!
  2. It shows the library community that we are not effective in getting the word out to our communities about ALL the services we offer and what we do every day, every year for our communities.

After you scan the Boston Globe article, take a look at this website out of Cornwall, Ontario, Canada.  The Friends of the Cornwall Public Library/Les Amis de la Bibliothèque Publique de Cornwall have their own Friend's Space that was designed for them when the library moved to it's current location in the 90's.

Friends Cornwall Public_June 02,03

The Friend's Group there is incredibly active and has done amazing work for the library, raising many thousands of dollars that they have given to the library to fund essential needs.  These are the people that do the work and bring in the people who normally wouldn't go to their library. 

These are the people who haul boxes of books, man the bookstore as volunteers and collect the money to help their library in a very real way.  This is what the article in the Boston Globe is reporting about.  We have had the privilege of knowing most of the people in this photograph, and we know the work that they do behind the scenes.

Thousands of libraries across the US and Canada have Friend's Bookstores.  Libraries are already doing nearly everything they can to bring in revenue to bolster dwindling funding.  Librarians must be more active in their communities.  Librarians must stand out, stand up and tell everyone about the services and amazing programs you offer at your libraries.

Thanks and fondest regards to Cornwall Public Library/Bibliothèque Publique de Cornwall.


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couldn't have said it better ourselves


 

Eleanor Crumblehulme_LibrariesRecessionPlague_publish

In fact we have at least one thing in common with the Canadian librarian who coined this phrase.  We too are nearly driven wild when we see library funding cut and communities who will not support the library. 

 

The catch phrase that we use and one that we like to think hits legislators and the public with a certain effectiveness is: 

Libraries will get you through

Times of No Money

better than

No Money will get you through

Times with No Libraries

You are free to quote to anyone within hearing distance!

Special thank you to:

Marilyn McIntosh, the Executive Director at Monroe Free Library in Monroe, New York and her intrepid, stalwart and intelligent staff.

and

Eleanor Crumblehulme.


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Babar says, "pay your book fine...or else."


New yorker cartoon vid opening title

The New Yorker publishes their cartoons on line, as animations!

 

Babar3_HRES

Watch this animation, while Babar provides backup as a librarian collects a little girl's book fine.

 

Ring tales LLC

 

 

 

 


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Need to replace your Library roof? Planted roofs revisited


Need a new roof?  Renovating your existing roof? 

 

BBG still from vid VisCentRoof The beautiful and leading edge Brooklyn Botanic Garden is showcasing their new 10,000 square foot roof garden with its installation of 40,000 plants on the roof of BBG’s new Visitor Center.

 

Here's their vid, showing construction sequence 

 The living roof will change throughout the seasons, its grasses, bulbs, and perennial wildflowers attracting local pollinators and visitors alike.

 Brooklyn ot gard art at gardenWhile you're at it why not look around the  BBG site?  It will warm you up and remind you that Spring will come.

Japanese Gate at BBG


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show the world what your environment means to you


UN WORLD ENV DAY 5JUN12

 

 

Check out this link to theUnited Nations Environment Programme logoUnited Nations Environment Programme UNEP environment for development.

Ad UN5 June is WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY.

They have teamed up with musicians and artists, treehugger and piictu. Here is a link to the page where you can sign up with  piictu on your iPhone or iTouch  to submit photos of the environment around you.

 

Add your 'insights', good or bad to the photo record.  Show others around the world what your environment means to you.  Piictu

Green economy UNDon't limit your photos to ones of the outside. The interior environment in your library is as important as the one outside your walls.


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Yes, even your library needs to be seen.


Here's a course you may want to consider... Marketing Your Library

Location: Online
$250 (Simmons GSLIS Alumni Price $200)
March 1 - March 31

Given as part of the curriculum at, Simmons College, Graduate School of Library and Information Science in Boston, MA

This on-line course will "enable students to jump-start a grassroots user-centered marketing effort, drawing on web usability guru Jakob Nielsen’s premise that gathering evidence from even two users is better than none."

Instructor:

Rebecca Metzger: Rebecca Metzger is Reference, Instruction & Outreach Librarian at Lafayette College in Easton, PA. She brings six years of experience as a public relations and communications specialist to her role as a librarian.


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ALA Goes to New York, Things Don't Get Violent | American Libraries Magazine


This week, ALA leadership met with senior management from Penguin, Macmillan, Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Perseus publishing houses to discuss ebooks and libraries.

this is the link to the on-line article:  ALA Goes to New York, Things Don't Get Violent | American Libraries Magazine.


In March of last year, Librarian in Black Sarah Houghton took ALA to task for being too timid with HarperCollins. “Speak out and speak out now, ALA. Reassert libraries’ rights to lend materials. Reassert libraries’ responsibilities to the public good. And reassert libraries’ roles in our communities as cultural and thought leaders… Please, say something to the world–or the rest of us will keep talking loudly, angrily, and unofficially.”

...assertiveness is what many librarians want from their organization.


Submitted by Christopher Harris on Fri, 02/03/20 E-12 - 09:34
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