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Lori Reed, creator with Heather Braum of the website Save Libraries is preparing background for a news story on which library systems are facing cuts. We could use your assistance and make the biggest impact and the loudest entreaties to budgetary decision-makers with a near complete list of libraries facing cuts.
Something we all care about has become a website, a facebook page and a twitter campaign, Save Libraries, organized by librarian Lori Reed.
Now get out there and spread the word!! More info to come shortly.
This Friday I'll be talking in Syracuse at The Upstate New York chapter of SLA day long conference: "The Librarian’s Toolbox: Enhance Your Connectivity, Productivity, and Presence"
My talk is more or less finished, but I'd love to hear from LISNews.
What's in your "toolbox" (online & offline) that helps you...
1) Be more productive
2) Increase your visibility in the profession
3) Connect to others when you need help / ideas
Not specific to libraries, but...does your school or public library have a flagpole & flag?
From the Sun-Sentinal: Another casualty of the economy. American flags. The city of Clearwater (FL) can no longer afford to fly as many as they once did.
Should it be an expendable item? Should it absolutely stay? Or...
We're getting closer and closer to the start of another academic year and a new intake of LIS students. A question that arises is how to follow LISNews. Recognizing that people have different interests and also different habits in consuming Internet content, it is necessary to perhaps list some of those tools.
You can subscribe to LISNews via e-mail. A page with an example of an e-mail and the sign-up form can be seen at http://lisnews.org/node/28182. E-mails normally come out once per weekday.
In case you've been in Casablanca or otherwise out of the librarian loop this summer (or not on facebook), you might not know about the Facebook Group People for a library-themed Ben & Jerry's flavor! But now you do know about it and there's been a 'call to action'!
Here's a message from the leader of the charge and new LISNews author Andy W, on the group's facebook page:
"4,000. It took awhile but we got there. Completely awesome. This past month and a half has been pretty different for me. Stories about the group have appeared in Library Journal (both print and online), a local newspaper, tons of tweet and retweets on Twitter, and shared on Facebook. And for all those efforts, I cannot thank you enough. I am planning this to be the penultimate message, with the last message being one announce success =D
So, here's the deal now. Time to step it up and take some action in a couple easy steps.
(1) Submit a flavor to Ben & Jerry's directly.
Appeal to the 5 Flavor Gurus directly! (Arnold, John, Eric, Peter, & Nettie) Here is the link for their Suggest a Flavor form.
And here are a couple of the flavors, easy to cut & paste into the form. Pick one and submit (or submit one of your own).
a) Name: Gooey Decimal System (birdie's recommendation)
Author Molly Dowd, whose book "Kevin Knows the Rules" was publicized on LISWire last winter knows that the Wire is a great way to reach a broad selection of librarians. Over 150 librarians accepted her offer of a reader's copy of her book to examine for their libraries. LISWire Works!