Monthly Archives: May 2008

All you have to do is pay attention, k?

I was in a brief meeting with some fellow librarians yesterday and they had never heard of the ALA office of Public Programs.  Honestly people, just pay attention a little and you can get a ton of free things.  And it’s high quality, amazing stuff.  For all of the whining our fellow professionals do about lack of tax money, no funding, minimal community support…there is SO SO SO MUCH stuff out there for us to apply for.  Yeah, it takes a bit of paperwork, but you can really accomplish a lot with the things provided.  You will have better odds of getting stuff if you:

– Show that you discussed the grant or gifts potential uses with your staff

– Demonstrate that you are willing to work with area organizations in innovative ways – think of groups that might not necessarily reach out to the library – how about a collaborative outreach effort with the local hot rod club, VFW hall, or a local college or university?

– Can measure the outcomes – how many people, fliers, events, clicks on a webpage – you name it.  Be able to count SOMETHING to prove access.

– Show how excited you are and how you will use your energy to make the most of what you might receive.

– Be genuine.  If you are only applying for the sake of applying, that will not do.  If you are not driven to apply and try for it, then don’t do it.  There are other libraries that would love that little prize and will do great things with it because their interest is sincere.



I have a crush on the the Scobleizer. He’s been talking about FriendFeed lately. But I’m still back trying to grasp Twitter. Hmmm. So with a sigh, I say, WTF?

But FriendFeed might be something worth trying, especially for all the librarians who are trying to have a profile on every 2.0 site in existence.

Detroit Public Library

Yo, my peeps.  I was on vacation last week.  It was…interesting.  Will delve into library visits in a later post.  At work and sorting mail, and bored out of my f-ing mind.

I’m pimping my friends new teen space at Detroit Public Library:

It’s pretty amazing.  Check it out.

Hey kids, it’s story time…

That We the People bookshelf that I won has books for grades K-12.  So I’m hard pressed to find good use for about half of them, even though they are gorgeous and informative.  I only have high school kids and grad students, so I was struggling with what to do with “The Ugly Ducking” and “Pink and Say”…

Solution:  I called the elementary/middle school across the street and we are going to do story time together next year.  The kids from the high school will read the books and create mini civics lessons and then walk across the street to the elementary and do story time and a class.  I see this as a win-win and I’m glad that the little kids will get a chance to use the books too.

I wonder if I have to get a field trip waiver for the high school students to walk across the street?

I can polka, but I can’t ChaCha

Well, I tried to apply to be a ChaCha guide, but didn’t pass one part of the three part test. So, y’know, I guess my MLIS isn’t good for all aspects of the information world after all. I can answer complex reference questions but lack the talent to answer cell phone reference questions in 160 characters or less. Sigh.

Hint to future Cha-Cha people – pay attention during orientation…and print out the guide book…they’ll be quizzing you on them. That’s what I get for trying to multi-task during orientation. Le sigh, le pout.


I’m hosting an unConference in June – Friday the 13th to be exact.  We’re working on t-shirts…my buddy A is working on a shirt design, but they will say this:

we are rebels
we can’t be constrained by time and space
we are unlike any other librarians
we don’t follow any rules
we just show up, whenever we want

newbie librarians unConference
friday the 13th, 2008
because we don’t need luck


Twitter Me, Baby…

Okay, so twitter. I think it has potential. I really do. But for the life of me, I don’t know what. It’s sort of like when you are in the modernist section of the art museum and you have to step back to look at the big-ass pieces of art that don’t look like much. You know, you have your hand on your face and you’re head is kind of tilted and you just don’t know what to make of the thing in front of you. But other people around you seem to get it. And once they tell you (more than once) about it, you get it. Sort of. Or you fake it well.

Yeah, twitter is like that.

The more I use twitter, the more I like it.  It’s the learning curve that’s such a pain.  I am trying to get my public library pals to create tweets that announce when the top selling book on the NYT Bestseller list changes.  Or for reminders for programs to those who signed up.  It will take a bit of tweaking of twitter to get that just right, I think.

And I love this popular mashup –