Monday, August 31, 2009

Why Libraries Rock

It's Blogathon Day for the Louisville Free Public Library. They were victims of a terrible flood that put over 4 ft of water into their basement and destroyed so much. See how you can help at this wiki. All of the details are there as well as links to other blogs participating in today's Blogathon.
So, why do libraries rock you ask?

-family activities
-computer access
-computer training
-reference staff to answer ANY question you have
-community building
-books and more books
-electronic databases
-summer reading program with PRIZES
-did I mention free?
-help with job searching and writing resumes
-from birth to grave, they are there!
-continuing education
-expanding knowledge
-travel to foreign lands without leaving the building
-new technology trainingdiv>

Well, I could go on and on, but I think I'm preaching to the choir here. Please take a moment to add YOUR comments on why libraries rock and help out the LFPL by donating and/or passing along this information.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Blogathon for LFPL - I Need Your FEEDBACK!

I recently posted about the flood at the Louisville Free Public Library. Andy Woodworth of the Burlington County Library System in New Jersey is organizing a blogathon for the LFPL. See more information about it at the wiki he set up or on his blog.

I have signed up to participate in this blogathon and today I found a great way to do so. With permission, I am totally copying Amy Kearns idea from the Central Jersey Regional Library Cooperative Blog.

The theme of the blogathon is "Why Libraries Rock" (well that's the PG version, see the wiki for the true theme...) Rather than just hear my own take on why libraries rock, I'd love for the readers of the blog (and that can be anyone, anywhere!) to leave a comment below sharing why YOU feel libraries rock. I'll add my thoughts and all of your contributions into the post for Monday August 31st (blogathon date). It can be one word, a sentence, a paragraph, whatever moves you.

Thanks for pitching in and I look forward to reading your comments!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Learning Methods Need To Change

I just posted a very cool video showing how important it is to change the way we impart information over at the ALA Learning Blog. Go check it out.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Check out the ALA Learning Blog

I'm excited to announce the launch of a new blog, ALA Learning sponsored by the Learning Round Table of the American Library Association. See the press release here. I'm honored to be one of the contributing authors to this blog. Plus, I'm in great company. Add us to your reader or bookmark us to stay on top of the latest in continuing education and learning for library workers.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Save POWER Library

Glenn Miller, Executive Director of PaLA sent out a note to the PASYS listserv. I am recopying it here and urge everyone to follow these steps. Note I have added this to the top right side of this blog and my emails have been sent. PLEASE click the link and do the same!

"Good afternoon, library supporters.

Pennsylvania’s library community has done a superb advocacy job throughout this ongoing state budget crisis. Our challenge now is to keep up the pressure and broaden our reach.

While much of our energy has focused on the Public Library Subsidy, other important library programs such as POWER Library, the Access PA Database, and Ask Here PA, are under attack, too, and may face elimination unless we raise a ruckus.

PaLA has launched a new email advocacy tool in support of POWER Library. You can help spread the word and educate your POWER Library users that the service may be eliminated unless we speak up forcefully.

Please help save POWER Library. By adding the following link to your website you can help your users contact their State Senator, State Representative, and Governor Rendell with a clearly worded message in support of POWER Library. We encourage all library websites to join in this statewide effort.

If you are able to help, please forward the following instructions to the person(s) responsible for maintaining your website. They can easily copy and paste this sample HTML code.

1. Near your POWER Library icon on your website, add some text such as "ALERT – Online Services of the POWER Library to End: Take Action!"

2. Hyperlink the text to

Thank you for assisting with this and helping to save POWER Library. Our plan is to expand this advocacy service soon to include other library programs in jeopardy. Stayed tuned!


Glenn R. Miller
Executive Director
Pennsylvania Library Association
220 Cumberland Parkway, Suite 10
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania 17055"

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Enjoy the Ride - Music and Life

WOW! Thanks to Nannette Miner from the Traning Doctor for pointing me to this short animated clip. If you're aiming for success, don't forget to enjoy the ride - enjoy the music!

Promote Your Library during the Dog Days of Summer

Check out the great promo video from Arizona State University. Makes me want to go to one of their libraries immediately. Though it would be quite a commute for me. Why not make your own video, upload it to a video sharing site like YouTube and put it on the front page of your Website? Don't worry about it looking as professional as this one, just do it!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Social Media Revolution

Yet another testament to the importance of Social Media. This time, sources are cited for the information. This all comes from Socialnomics.

Here's the video - WATCH it!

Here's the blog post that shows all of the sources.

Still think it's a fad? Shame on you!

Disaster at the Louisville Free Public Library

You have probably already heard about this by now, but I've had on my list of things to do to write a blog post detailing various links to help the Louisville Free Public Library in their time of need after a devastating flood. Rather than rewrite the details, Sarah Glassmeyer does an excellent job of it. Steve Lawson from LSW is collecting donations. Here are some Louisville news reports and photos from Greg Schwartz. How devastating and a reminder to all of us to be prepared! My heart goes out to LFPL.