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Today the SC State Library sponsored a Public Library Branch Manager's Exchange. I presented Social Media is Changing Libraries - How do You Fit In? There was a lot of great discussion about how libraries need to find new methods of communication with users. Here is the presentation and notes I took from the discussion and learning exercise.
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Locating accurate information about winter holiday celebrations can be difficult. The State Library's DISCUS Program (South Carolina's Virtual Library) provides a great resource just for this. Watch this episode of the Lion's Roar to find out more.
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Click here to take survey
Thank you for taking time to respond to this survey on American libraries using Social Media tools for PR/Marketing. It should only take 10-15 minutes to complete. It is a follow up to a survey of the same type conducted November 2009.
The survey will close on Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 5:00pm EST.
Please forward this survey to library colleagues, state library association listservs, or others who may be interested.
If you have any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 29, 2010
Student Writing Contests, A Summer Language Opportunity and Safe Schools
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South Carolina State Library - State Library’s Center for the Book Encourages Students to Write Letters
Students can revisit their most powerful literary experiences through a contest that asks them to write a personal letter to an author and explain how his or her work changed their perspective on the world.
The national Letters About Literature competition is open to students in grades 4 through 12, and submissions are being accepted until December 10, 2010. The annual competition is sponsored by the South Carolina State Library’s Center for the Book and the South Carolina State Library Foundation in partnership with Target and the Library of Congress Center for the Book.
To enter, readers write a letter to an author, past or present, describing how that author’s work made an impact on their life. Contestants are cautioned not to summarize the book’s plot, but to express in an honest, conversational tone, how the book affected them.
The contest, which focuses on reader response and reflective writing, has three competition levels: Level 1 for students in grades 4-6; Level 2 for students in grades 7 and 8; and Level 3 for students in grades 9-12. State winners’ letters will also be judged to determine national winners and national honors winners. National winners will receive a $10,000 Letters About Literature Reading Promotion Grant for their library and national honors winners will receive a $1,000 Letters About Literature Reading Promotion Grant for their library.
To download the official entry guidelines, visit http://lettersaboutliterature.org.
October 12, 2010
Friends of South Carolina Libraries (FOSCL) is a statewide organization made up of volunteers with a great interest in keeping South Carolina’s libraries energized. FOSCL was founded in the late 1980's with the following objectives:
•To help foster and support local friends of the library groups, and to provide a means for these groups to work together for the betterment of library service in South Carolina.
•To promote wider knowledge and use of libraries as cultural and information centers for individuals and groups.
•To support improved library education in South Carolina.
•To support the Library Bill of Rights.
WHEREAS,libraries are an essential part of the fabric of communities throughout the state and they link us to one another and to the ideas and events of yesterday, helping us prepare for tomorrow, and serving as a sanctuary in which we are free to read, write, and dream about events and ideas of the past, present and future; and
WHEREAS,libraries have become powerful equalizing forces in society where every visitor is welcome and knowledge is free to all regardless of personal wealth or position; and
WHEREAS,Friends of the Library groups energize libraries by enhancing their services and capabilities in communities across the Palmetto State; and
WHEREAS,Friends of the Library volunteers give their time and talents to sponsor recreational and educational programs for children and adults and organize book sales and other events to raise funds to meet special library needs.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Mark Sanford, Governor of the Great State of South Carolina, do hereby proclaim October 17-23, 2010, as
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY WEEK
throughout the state and encourage all South Carolinians to support their local libraries and to recognize the Friends of South Carolina Libraries and all local Friends groups for their dedication to the Palmetto State.
Find out more about your library’s Friends group and support your library today! For more information about the Friends of South Carolina Libraries, visit www.foscl.org.
October 09, 2010
The library really needs to manage its OWN IT so that they can have control over what they do. They need to be able to hire their own IT person so they can do the things they want to and move forward on many different social media outlets. They really want to be able to do more with Twitter, YouTube, and other things. They have some great ideas for posting training videos, etc. However, because they cannot control their own IT, they are behind the curve. They really want to be able to do more but just can't and I could tell there is a lot of frustration among the staff about it...
Here are the high points of the brainstorming session:
- using YouTube to promote library services and provide training tutorials
- have multiple twitter accounts to communicate with patrons
- get more people involved with social media
- have a listserv or get a Constant Contact email marketing account
- use Flickr to post historical images
- have more control over the library's web presence
- have a manly book club for guys
- do a virtual book club
- create a blog that lists new library materials
- issues various types of press releases
- offer patrons the ability to sign up for a library card online
- use business cards to promote services
- and my favorite: find 5 things to stop doing that no longer work
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Here is a list of what came out of the brainstorming session:
What do you see as the library’s future?
· “Go to” place for all county
· Oconee county develop Wikipedia/history
· Physical Google
· Involve the community with technology
· Resource for new comers
· Greater accessibility – more computers/hardware
· Location for all to come together to use technology/meeting place for technology
· Social interaction and going beyond that with technology/neutral place where this can occur
· Training center
· Check out a book/check out a library
· Hardware – look at what’s available and test it out
What are the partnership possibilities?
· Business industry group/plant managers – help drive infrastructure with broadband, etc.
· Schools/k-12/adult education – eliminate duplication and meet people where they are.
· Employment security commission – people coming in looking for jobs – getting email
· Economic Development – how to sell ourselves and selling technology and having the library as a recruiting tool (PR/Marketing)
· Chamber of Commerce – retail/service sector – more industry
· Foundations – non-profits – for fundraising – how can we get money?
· Higher Education – Clemson adult education (co-sponsor workshop on library resources)
· Arts Community
· Heritage groups
· Legislative Delegation
· Youth in the Community (gaming – xbox wii, etc.)
· Diversity – bringing community together
What do you want to see happen by the end of 2011?
· Pilot project for technology iPads or kindles, etc.
· Groundbreaking for new library (Seneca)
· Center for the county’s outreach of technology
· Improved relationship with local government
· Video on library service
· More targeted to the community to let them know what the library does
· Determine how to get more money/funding
During the session when we were discussing what might be broken and how to fix them, I recommended they watch Seth Godin's "Broken" presentation: Seth Godin gives a tour of things poorly designed, the reasons why they are that way, and how to fix them.
We also took a look at the State Library's two new web sites: StudySC.org and WorkSC.org.
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The joint ALSC/AASL program “Grassroots 2.0: New Technologies” program on Sunday morning brought together three experts on delivering effective library messages to legislators.
Curtis R. Rogers of the South Carolina State Library presented a slideshow of social media resources that librarians can use to promote the library and engage lawmakers. Libraries should all have an electronic newsletter, a Facebook page, Twitter feeds, a blog, and a YouTube channel as a matter of course, he said. They will make a difference when you really need it, such as when South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford decided to eliminate by veto all funding for the state’s libraries. (The measure was defeated last week 110–5, which Rogers attributes in part to the state library’s Save SC Libraries Facebook page.)
Grassroots 2.0: Tips from the Advocacy Experts | American Libraries Magazine
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You can help Save SC's Libraries. Use this image as your Facebook profile image. Encourage your SC legislators to override vetoes #31 and #92 to restore public library funding in the budget. A vote is expected to take place on Tuesday, June 15. Please post this in your FB status to pass along the word.
June 10, 2010
Today was the SC Federal and State Government Documents librarians annual meeting and workshop and I got to present about social media stuff! It was lots of fun and I had them do a group exercise about what are some challenges, successes, and anything else they wanted to discuss and you can see, they had lots on their minds!
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Are you a fan of C-SPAN, Washington Journal, or BookTV? Would you like to learn more about the network’s philosophy and get an overview of C-SPAN’s organization and programs? If so, this free workshop is for you.
On February 26, from 10:30 AM to noon, Rodee Schneider of C-SPAN will conduct a special workshop for C-SPAN fans, media specialists, social studies teachers, students, state government employees, librarians, and anyone else looking to gain a greater knowledge of C-SPAN and its public affairs resources. The workshop will be held in Room 309 of the South Carolina State Library’s administration building at 1430 Senate Street.
Following the talk, there will be a walk-through of C-SPAN’s unique and free resources, including
• the Video Library, C-SPAN’s comprehensive searchable archive featuring every C-SPAN program since 1987,
• Health Care Hub, a site featuring resources on the ongoing health care debate,
• C-SPAN Classroom, an educational service for social studies teachers, and
• Congressional Chronicle, a tool for monitoring and tracking congressional bills and members.
Seating is limited to 55 participants so be sure to register online before all seats are taken! Even though this event is free, we are expecting a large crowd so we ask that you register online. The registration deadline is Friday, February 19 at 5:00 PM. To register online, visit the State Library’s events calendar at www.statelibrary.sc.gov.
January 08, 2010
For one year only, Library Advocacy Day will replace National Library Legislative Day (NLLD). On June 29, 2010, library advocates from all 50 states and Washington, D.C. will meet at Upper Senate Park on the U.S. Capitol grounds. The event, which will begin at 11 a.m., will feature guest speakers, photo ops, and a chance to cheer on libraries! After the rally, participants will meet with their elected officials and their staffs.