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No Buns or Shushing Here! Stereotypes and Library Funding

Dr. Marie Radford, chair of our upcoming Reference Renaissance 2010 conference, blogged about why librarian/library stereotypes are harmful.  I think she’s completely right that we need to lose our sense of humor and patience with these images.  As she says, … Continue reading

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Off the Shelf and Out of the Library

Marshall Shore gave a free webinar for Infopeople back on February 16, Off The Shelf: Looking Beyond Libraries for Innovation and Inspiration, and I finally got a chance to view it.  The premise was that there’s plenty of free training … Continue reading

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Library Commercials

I’ve always admired the New Jersey State Library’s marketing expertise, since along with Wyoming Libraries, they produce such effective advertising.  Well, NJSL’s done it again – they’ve made several great commercials that really show the value of the library, especially in these hard times.  … Continue reading

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Opportunity for All (via Library Computers)

Subtitled How the American Public Benefits from Internet Access at US Libraries, this was a report on the just released study from the IMLS and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on how library computers help the American public, especially during … Continue reading

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Corporate Executives Realize the Value of Librarians

Hurray!  Our impact is finally being realized at the corporate level.  Since it’s in their best interests, do you think we can get them to advocate for or even help fund libraries?

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Woman's Day Library Contest

How cool!  Woman’s Day is running a contest for women (who are US residents) older than 17 to submit their stories by May 9, 2010 on why their library is important to their community.  The four winning entries will be … Continue reading

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New Marketing Blog

I just discovered The M Word  which has some great tips for promoting libraries.  Aside from bringing you some really fun library models like Britain’s phone booth library and the donkey library (7/20/11 update, PBS just did a cool documentary on this … Continue reading

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Marketing for Free

I attended a free SirsiDynix Institute presentation, Bite-Sized Marketing: Real Solutions for Overworked Librarians, which gave marketing tips for libraries that need to do their own promotion.  Nancy Dowd, Director of Marketing at the New Jersey State Library, had a number of ideas, … Continue reading

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2009 and Libraries

Looking back over the last twelve months, it’s been quite a year for libraries.  There have been some bad times (okay, lots of bad times – a number of libraries closing or being threatened by closures; lots of budget cuts; … Continue reading

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Government Funding and Your Library

At that advocacy training I discussed in my last post, we also covered local government spending. The speaker pointed out that when voters show up at local government meetings or contact their legislators, it really does influence elected officials.  They’d … Continue reading

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