Saturday, November 10, 2012

Ideas from Nov/Dec 2012 American Libraries Interesting ... a PAC for library-related ballot initiatives. According to their site, "Many library associations – both at the national and state level – are organized as 501(c)3 educational associations. Current law and regulations prohibit these associations from engaging in direct voter advocacy or funding political campaigns. As a 501(c)4 organization, EveryLibrary can act where these associations cannot."

How-To Festival: One of my schools is looking for more activities for next year's fall festival. I am going to suggest recruiting parents and community members to teach mini-lessons on subjects ranging from yoga to BBQ. Thanks for the idea, Louisville Free Public Library!

Excellent quote: "Here's the thing about librarians: They are the only people in the world I know who are incredibly excited TO DO YOUR WORK FOR YOU. ... As online resources become more complex, we need wise humans to help act as guides. Librarians know how to do that better than you do. Ask them for help. They also, typically, are warm, curious, helpful people." - Justin Reich, "Librarians Are Completely Awesome," Education Week: EdTech Researcher, Aug. 16.

Personal Branding: Five questions to ask yourself:
  • What would an employer learn if he or she googled me?
  • What kind of job amI looking for?
  • What's my personal mantra?
  • If I asked my friends to describe me, what would they say?
  • How can I make myself stand out in a crowded field?

Telling your library's story to the community: Two quotes of note from the OCLC report Geek the Library: "Perceptions of the librarian are highly related to support." and "Library support is only marginally related to visitation."

I have started blogs for my two schools - Garden City and Stadium. Now I need to promote them. I think a personal growth goal for next year will be to get coverage in the local paper ... or at least Patch ... for some activities/events. Like our National Game Day celebration! The Great Librarian Write-Out contest pays the author of an article published in a print-based nonlibrary publication between the 2012 and 2013 ALA Midwinter Meetings.

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