Advocacy is Advocacy…Wherever It Comes From

The Twitterverse was all ….atwitter….this week when the Old Spice guy mentioned libraries! Love the campaign, love the message, love the Fresno County Public Library’s pouncing on this opportunity to snag a little cool publicity for libraries!

As for the critics mentioned in this post by Gwyneth Jones, I so totally agree with her! Why not just chill out? This is clever, funny and current! The Fresno Library couldn’t have bought publicity this effective! Sometimes the point is just to have a little laugh when we can–and if it benefits libraries, that’s even cooler!

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Community Outreach to the MAX!

Wow! What an amazing example of effective community outreach! This gives me so many ideas! Kudos to Starkville, Mississippi’s schools!

Starkville School District “Believe” from Broadcast Media Group on Vimeo.

Biblioburro an Inspiration

Thanks to a colleague, I found this wonderful story from CNN’s Heroes series. It fits so perfectly with one of our Bluebonnet Nominee books for 2010-2011, That Book Woman by Heather Henson & David Small! This story is current & contemporary though, and will bring this story full circle to our kids.

Luis Soriano is a teacher and evangelist for education and the power of literacy for children and adults in rural Columbia. Twice a week, he saddles his 2 burros, Alpha and Beto (LOL), and carries 120 children’s books, to the far reaches of his region–a journey of up to 8 hours a trip! Not only does he deliver books for these young minds to devour, but he teaches lessons he’s prepared, and supports the adults in these families as some of them learn to read as well.

What a mission, and what a man! Thanks CNN for bringing his story, his integrity and his passion for the power of literacy to us all!

From the CNN web site:
Want to get involved? E-mail Luis Soriano at eldoctosoriano@hotmail.com

Good Libraries

Wow!
Doug Johnson did it again! His post today is right on the money! In these times, when so many of us are fighting for our libraries to stay open, professionally staffed, and even nominally funded, Doug has given us some crucial advocacy tools.

What Does a Good Library Tell You About a School?

It’s a must-read and a great post to share widely!

Great Advocacy Tips To Consider

An interesting presentation full of school library advocacy tips appeared in my Google Reader this morning. It is shared on docstoc , and created by some Canadian colleagues, I believe. Frankly, I do not know how the person who shared it on docstoc is associated with the creators, and assume that it was meant, by the creators (Sharon Armstrong & Valerie Bureau), to be shared. I hope that Armstrong or Bureau will notify me here if this was not their intention.

This presentation outlines dozens of interesting ways to advocate for your school library program–practical ways to use data, schedule creatively, and meet student needs in the less-than-perfect situations that many of us find is our reality! Well worth a look!

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Public Schools vs Public Libraries

Mac Thecaster is a young video life blogger, and the following piece is an articulate and engaging argument for intellectual freedom & how the library respects and encourages it.

I found this video through a new twitter friend, @WillSwartz , who first embedded this on his blog.
It’s over 2 years old, but I’d never seen it. What do you think?

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