Libraries and Library Blogs: Are You Visible Enough?

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Even though I love the Internet that does NOT mean we should allow physical books and libraries to go the way of the DoDo bird.

We NEED libraries and some people need to have a physical connection with mentors and peers.

HOW TO PROMOTE YOUR LIBRARY:

Libraries are no different than businesses or events – they must be promoted and have visibility or people won’t even know they still exist.

We have some serious work to do because today’s college students don’t know librarians are research resources. Some can’t even FIND the library!

Librarians in the northeast U.S. have been using a unique method of promoting summer reading programs that I believe would work just as well for promoting how to use the library for research during the school year.

Sixty-two libraries have hired the Comedy Magician and Educational Entertainer for Kids Domino the Great who uses humor, magic tricks, and audience participation to get kids excited about books, reading, and their local library.

Will that work? Watch this short (42 second) video review of Herkimer County Librarian Jacque Empey of the Jordanville Library in Jordanville, NY:

Did you catch this important point in that video?:

Domino “did a tremendous job promoting reading, the importance of books, the importance of the library, in a way that was fun, everybody had a good time, everybody checked out a whole lot of books, so if you want to promote your library, I would highly recommend Domino to come and do a show at YOUR library.”

This is the kind of promotion that is necessary to bring young people into libraries at a young age to show them how books and librarians can benefit them.

Few children will seek you out themselves – you MUST bring them in – and hiring someone like Domino (@DominotheGreat on Twitter) is one way to do it.

Do YOU have other ideas? Strategies that have worked for your library? Please do share them in the comments of this post and I will move them up into this section. Relevant links are ALWAYS welcome here so do please include links to blog posts, media and any other additional information.

LIBRARIES IN NEED:

  • HURRICANE IRENE DAMAGE: Several libraries have lost their entire children’s book collections in Hurricane Irene. They are seeking donations of cash and new hardcover children’s books – especially picture books. See Upstate New York Library Needs Our Help and After Irene: A small town Adirondack Library Needs Your Help.

To get added to this section leave a comment with link(s) to additional information in the comments of this post.

LIBRARIAN BLOGGERS:

Many librarians have been blogging for years now and just as I encourage collaborations of bloggers by niche and location, librarians can seek out bloggers geographically close to them.

To that end I offer these lists of Library blogs. Where possible I have included a location. Librarians who blog either officially or personally are invited to add links to their blogs with a description and their location in the comments to be added to this list.

Lists of Library Blogs:

LIBRARY BLOGS:

LIBRARY BLOGS in ALPHABETICAL ORDER:

This is the BlogwithoutaLibrary.net list of public library blogs as of Oct. 6, 2011 edited to remove dead links and inactive blogs. Visit their site for the most current list of public library blogs.

If you know of a public library blog that is not on this list, you can add it to their site and leave a comment in this post to have it added here.

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  • Vaughan Public Libraries – Teen Blogging Vortex

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LIBRARY LISTS:

FIND YOUR LIBRARY:

LIBRARY ASSOCIATIONS:

LIBRARY ORGANIZATIONS and RESOURCES:

Library Positions Available:

Librarians wanted and job postings added here as I come across them or on request:

  • St. Charles, IL Public Library – Positions Available
  • Part-time Reference Librarian, Freel Library, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams, MA (Sep 12, 2011)
  • Associate Librarian/Branch Manager Central Square, Cambridge (MA) Public Library (Deadline to apply Sep 29, 2011 5 p.m.)

Library Challenges:

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