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Library 101 Draft Lyrics

Thought it might be nice to get a sneak into the new Library 101 song that David and I are working on as it evolves. We’ve been doing a lot of back and forth this week on the music and lyrics and fell pretty close to having things on track. So with that, here is a little peeky peek at the first full draft of the lyrics!:

“When libraries first started out, we weren’t quite the dream,
See we were useful but were private clubs, that played host to a scene,
Intellectuals, rich folks, lawyers and deans,
But you can’t keep the people down, that’s what 101 means

Now for generations libraries, have been at freedoms core,
But now tech is making giant leaps, and we must do more.
There’s a cry for tech that lets all in, and helps us evolve.
And without that many libs with die, problems must be solved.

Chorus
101- our parts make a sum that will be the key to what is to come
101′s how we get the job done, evolve and make your Library 101!

As technology keeps marching on, change has become a must.
Basic 101 for libs has changed, we have to adjust.
Improve dig-i-tal con-tent ac-cess, or our info dreams die.
Become InfoGoogleDonalds “No!’, man we’ll tell you why.

Chorus
101- New basics have come, our role cant succumb to evo-lu-tion (yeah that would be dumb)
101 we’re beating the drum, Librarians, learn your Library 101!

Bridge 1
(In a very simple, raw punk rock style. Shouted/barked lyrics)
LIBRARIES! YOU ARE GREAT!
NOW CHANGE, MATE! NOT TOO LATE!
NOW NOW NOW DONT HESITATE
101′s YOUR *beeping* GATE
THERE’S STILL TIME TO EXTRICATE
ALL YOUR WEIGHT CAN’T CULMINATE
IN FAILURE. CO–MMUN—I—CATE!!!
NOW NOW NOW ITS NOT TOO LATE!
101 101 LI-BRAR-Y 101
101 101 LI-BRAR-Y 101
*howls, screams, oy, oy, oy, etc*
*cymbals crash, things fall over, feedback, annnnddd, back to the real song*

See your library needs to evolve, an ex-pan-ded brand.
Sure books meeting rooms and storytimes, are in all our plans.
But social tools are here to stay, so are media streams
You don’t get that from your library, should make your ears steam (for real)

101- New basics have come, our role cant succumb to evo-lu-tion
101′s how we get the job done, evolve and make your Library 101!

Bridge 2
(In the style of a boy band/dance music)
Library 101 You need to come get some
Follow tradition but go new directions and make course corrections and make it come
Library 101 You need to come get some
Reference and reading and classes and research
with Digital content check chat on net,
and though our budgets hurt We’ve got your wireless,
internet, SMS, you can bet, on:
Library 101, Now we must move along.
whooooooaaaaahhhh yeeeaaahhhh heyyyyyyy!
(sung soulfully and it slows the beat down segueing into the “real” 101 song/beats)

Chorus, Chorus, Chorus, Chorus, and out.
101′s challenge can be won, we’ll get the job done while having some fun
101 we’re beating the drum, Librarians, learn your Library 101!
101 – li-braries are some, of de-moc-ro-cies most favorite sons
101′s how we get the job done, evolve and make your Library 101!
101 – Libs can’t be outdone, by com-pan-ies whose pro-fits can sure stun
101 – and in the long run, it’s what you get done with Library 101
101 – libraries aren’t done, but if we don’t change people will make fun
101 we’re beating the drum, Librarians, learn your Library 101!
101- We hope this was fun, we’re happy to talk ideas as they come
101-this song is now done, please go now and make your Library 101!”

Well there you go. Subject to change of course, but this is how its playing out. And remember, you can still be a part of the video, which again will be released in October, both live and in person and on the net, during a special session at the Internet Librarian Conference. We can really use lively, creative and colorful submissions! Video submission are especially welcome. Feel free to use the multicolored 101′s you see if you follow the link. Hope you like the lyrics and hope to see YOU in the Library 101 video!

    Video is up and linked below!

Song available for download very soon through a link on
David Lee King’s web page
!

There is a slew of Libraryland folks singing along in the video (mostly in the second half). Thank you guys!

Here is “hi-fi sci-fi library”…behind the music!

Several months ago LITA asked me to be one of their keynote speakers at their upcoming National Forum (October 16-19). This made me happy, proud, excited and, well, a little nervous. It also left me wondering…what should the theme of my presentation be? Hmmm… LITA, eh? The Library and Information Technology Association of the American Library Association? Well, lets see…I travel all over the place talking about libraries, library futures and emerging technology, right? And I believe we are in the midst of a sea change in library, culture, community and info services. And I am convinced there are things libraries need to do *right now* to ensure our relevance going forward. And while we are generally smart enough, we surely don’t get rich from our jobs…yet we keep at it. So we need some inspiration AND amusement! We all work so hard and we keep on believing that libraries will and MUST endure as society evolves. So why not talk about libraries present and future in light of current tech, future tech, academic futurism and, yes, science fiction! But what might get people’s toes tapping before the presentation? Yep! A groovy library song! A song that shares the same name as that upcoming presentation :”hi-fi sci-fi library”!

As far as I am concerned, what the world needs is a collection of “hi-fi sci-fi libraries”. And I was so excited about this idea that I just had to sing it out loud! But alas, I know how to play only the most basic of notes on the most basic of instruments. Soooo, I approached my most helpful and generous Libraryland buddy (and joint author of the “Internet Spotlight” column in each issue of Public Libraries Magazine), David Lee King. You see, before he worked in Libraryland, David worked in Nashville, in the music industry. And as you might imagine, David is also a fairly accomplished musician and producer (though he is far too humble to admit that to most folks despite his great talent and ability).

So I said to David: “David, I want to make a song and a video for this LITA presentation I am doing in the Fall. Something that both you and I could do together and can both believe in and get behind. I’m slightly nervous about this presentation for some reason, but I also see it as a GREAT opportunity to help get the word out about what we both believe in when it comes to society, library futures and technology. I have some basic song ideas and all the lyrics ready. Would you like to help me make a song and a video?”

And David, being the generous and thoughtful friend that he is said “Of course!”. Actually, he said something like “Well I like the idea for sure. Why don’t you write down your ideas and lyrics, send them to me and we might be able to work on it once things settle down a bit.” And, of course, things never did settle down, for either of us. So, slowly but surely we worked on it like a hobby for a few months.

Over the course of those months David and I sent musical ideas and lyrics and rhythmical concepts back and forth. Then, I arranged to spend a day with David in Kansas recording our song. No, it wasn’t easy. But yes, we actually DID IT! And lo and behold, one day of recording later….we had our song. AND a few goofy video files! So..we were really on our way!

With the song complete, it was time to make the video. And since David had done 85% of the musical work, it seemed only fair that *I* (non-Mac owner that I am btw) handle the video making responsibilities.

So I dove in. And, well, it took a couple of weeks. Actaully, it took almost a month. And it took contributions from librarians all across the planet. Literally! BUT…we now have a video. And it is, in my opinion, a pretty decent video. Sure, it is goofy! But it is also just as hopeful and honest as it is goofy.

And let me tell you…it was quite a project. A project involving weeks of editing and nearly 100 different video and audio files. Is it perfect? Nah! Is it a labor of love for Libraryland? Completely. And heck, some of you folks reading this might even be in the thing,lip syncing along to the jaunty little “hi-fi sci-fi LIBRARY!!” chorus.

So, on behalf of David and I, THANK YOU! Thank you so much to the folks that contributed to this video! We both hope it provides some inspiration and energy to the quest we are all on as library professionals as we strive to help libraries realize their unparalleled potential in this crazy, cool and even sometimes scary, hi-fi sci-fi world we all now live in.

Rock on, Libraryland! We hope you enjoy it!

-Michael

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Now playing: David Lee King & Michael Porter – hi-fi sci-fi library