Archive for July, 2009

A Library 101 Rainbow

We’ve just uploaded COLOR 0′s, 1′s, 101′s and background to flickr so people can start to get extra creative with their submissions for the “Library 101″ video that David Lee King and you and I are working on. :)

Hundreds of library staffers from all over the world have submitted photos already, but there is still room for YOU in the piece! We’re even hoping to get a few short video submissions to to pop in the video as well (very short 5-10 second videos are best:). Join in the fun and get in a video the a HUGE percentage of Libraryland will see (and dance too)!

More info here:
http://www.flickr.com/groups/library101/

And here.

PS- A HUGE thank you to all the folks who have submitted pictures so far!! Libraryland is such a wonderful place, full of fun, creative people! :) Watch for your pics in the video. Thanks to you all it is shaping up to be quite a spectacle!

Libraryman

Jeff Bezos Can Teach Us Something

Today Zappos.com announced that they were becoming a part of (though still separate from) Amazon.com. Jeff Bezos made this video to accompany the video announcement of the partnership that you see below. It is definitely worth watching and thinking about from the perspective of a library, as the library industry and also to imagine how vendors would would see this too.

In the video, Jeff says he knows four thing.
1. Obsess over customers
2. Invent (on behalf of customers)
3. Think long term (5-7 year time frames)
4. Its always Day 1.

Jeff is right about Zappos by the way. They rock customer service, plain and simple. I bought almost all of these shoes there, in large part because zappos just does it right as a web business. Anyway, there is a lot of good food for thought here for libraries!

You, yes YOU are officially invited to be in our new, inspiring, yet lovably goofy nerdcore music video, “Library 101″!!!!
Hundreds of librarians, technologists and library lovers are already signed up to be in our next big video and we now need YOU join in as well! And it is EASY to do! More info can be found here, but please read on for more details:

Our previous song and video, "hi-fi sci-fi library" was a big hit in Libraryland and beyond in 2008 and now we are at it again. (pssst…you can watch that video below). Getting into this video is actually really easy. Simply take and share a picture of YOU posing with a 0 and a 1! (Tagging it with library101 on flickr will be really helpful). We even have the flickr group linked above where you can put your 101 pictures. So c’mon! Do it and get just a little bit famous! Your family and friends will love finding you pop up in the video (and maybe even your coworkers?)! Put your kids in it! How about the family dog!? And you know grandma loves the library too, riiight? :) The most interesting your submission the more it will be featured, so get creative!

Look for the song and video in October of 2009 (debuting at a special “Connecting Through “Lights, Cameras & Action” session at the Internet Librarian Conference in Monterrey, California).

Click on these two pictures to get your own "1" and "0" to print out and use as a prop in the picture of video you send in for the "Library 101" video! Join in the library fun with us!! (Be sure to use the large size!:)

Here is the "1":
For our new song/video: 8 1/2 X 11 One

Here is the "0":
For our new song/video: 8 1/2 X 11 Oh

Finally, here is that link to the song and video that David and I made last year called “hi-fi sci-fi library”. Watch it and we hope you’ll want to be in this one too!:

PS- You can submit videos for us to include too!!
PPS- If you have any questions please ask away here.
PPPS- Want proof you’ll be in good company if you join in? Check this out!
Library 101 Mosiaic- So far