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Library 101- The Final Lyrics

The debut of the “Library 101 Project” is only three weeks away! David and I will be launching a web site with essays from several key Libraryland thought leaders, a list of “Library 101″ resources, tips to help library professions keep up as technology and libraries evolve. And, or course, we will debut the new song and music video “Library 101″!! And guess what? The video is almost completed! And it looks pretty good (at least according to the small handful of folks who got a sneak peak). If you submitted you picture or video for inclusion in the video there is a VERY good chance at least one of your shots made it in. We had over 600 images submitted and I did my best to get at least one quick shot of everyone in! Hopefully you’ll be able to spot yourself.

In the meantime, as I am adding the subtitles to the video, I thought I would share the final Library 101 lyrics with all of you. And, if this inspires any of you to submit an essay for inclusion on the very spiffy Library 101 Project web page at launch, (we are working with a web designer on the “Library 101 Project web pages don’t you know! It is gonna be so COOL!), feel free to email that directly to me! Hopefully the lyrics with provide some inspiration. This way, picture, video or not, you can still be a part of Library 101 when it launches! :) Here are the lyrics:

“Library 101! (The basics have changed)
Library 101! (They are not the same)
Library 101! (Your lib can remain with)
Library 101!!

When libraries first started out, we weren’t quite the dream.
See we were useful, but private clubs played host to a scene,
Intellectuals, rich men, lawyers and deans.
But you can’t keep the good people down, that’s what 101 means.
Now for generations libraries have been at freedom’s core.
But now technology is making huge leaps and we must do more.
There’s a cry for emerging tools that help us evolve.
And without that we might die, man this 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 marches on, change is a must.
It’s a basic 101 for us, we have to adjust.
Improve digital content and access, or our dreams die.
Become InfoGoogleDonalds? “No way!” We’ll tell you why!

Chorus
101 new basics have come, our role can’t succumb to evolution
101 we’re beating the drum! Librarians, learn your Library 101!

Bridge 1 (punk rock style)
LIBRARIES! YOU ARE GREAT!
NOW CHANGE, MATE! NOT TOO LATE!
NOW! NOW! NOW! DON’T HESITATE
101’s YOUR *beep* GATE
THERE’S STILL TIME TO EXTRICATE
ALL YOUR WEIGHT CAN’T CULMINATE IN FAILURE
COMMUNICATE!!!
NOW! NOW! NOW! ITS NOT TOO LATE!
101! 101! LI-BRAR-Y 101!
101! 101! LI-BRAR-Y 101!!

See your library needs to evolve, get an expanded brand.
Sure books and meeting rooms and storytimes, are still in our plans.
But social tools are here to stay, so are media streams.
And if you can’t that from your library, it should make your ears steam (for real)!

Chorus
101 new basics have come, our role can’t succumb to evolution
101 is how we get the job done, evolve and make your Library 101!

Bridge 2 (“boy band” style)
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 the net,
and though our budgets hurt, we’ve got your wireless,
internet, SMS, gaming, you can bet, on:
Library 101, now we must move along.
whoooooooo whoooooh whoo whooooo

Chorus, Chorus, Chorus, Chorus
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! Libraries are some of democracy’s most favorite sons.
101’s how we get the job done, ch-ch-change and make your l-l-l-library 101
101! We can’t be outdone by companies who have profits that 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 move on.
101! We’re beating the drum, Librarians, learn your Library 101!
101! We hope this was fun, we want to talk ideas as they come.
101! This song is now done, please go now and make your Library 101!
101!
101!
10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 101!!!!!!!!”

(Many thanks to Kendra for the spell check!)

Libraryman

Four Days In Topeka? Record Library 101!

Last Thursday I left sunny (yes, it was sunny!) Seattle to head to Topeka, KS and record both the audio AND the video for the new library/technology song/video porject called “Library 101″ with David (Lee King). So how did it?

Well, did set up on Thursday in David’s basement, we recorded audio on Friday, then recorded video (in that basement) Friday, late into the night. Then on Saturday moved to another location (a church gym in fact) to set up some special backdrops and lighting and do some more video shooting. It’s hard to quickly describe all that we did, and all the careful thought and planning that went into that. Suffice it to say that it was a HUGE amount of effort this was the physical culmination of months of research, conversation and collaboration (on top of several thousand dollars of materials, software, production and travel expenses).

So, you know, no pressure!

Still, we managed to pull it all off, despite it being brutally hot and crunched for time. Sure, we had to recruit assistance from David’s family (huge thanks to Nathan for his long hours of assistance, L. for painting nails black for the punk scene and D. for doing our eyeliner…yes, eyeliner). And we couldn’t have don it without our friend Jen Waller, who drove in from a trip she was on to spend time with family in Oklahoma. But we did it! We got our audio recorded (even the screaming punk part and the silly, funky boy band part or the song) and all 6 sets and two dozen plus costume/wardrobe changes were successfully filmed during the lip synch sections.

While the editing still awaits, we are feeling grateful to have been able to get so much done in such a tight time and are so looking forward to getting the message of Library 101 out there to Libraryland at large. Watch for the video launch in October, coinciding with a live session at Internet Librarian in Monterrey next month. Oh, and if you are inclined and interested in sponsoring part of the video, drop us a line. Otherwise, just kick back and get ready to rock out, have fun and learn together.

Here are some pictures of the last few days Library 101 events:

Way over in the right corner, is the drum set, the mics, the bass, guitar, banjo and a few other recording devices (David used to work in the recording industry don’t you know!):
Library 101 Audio Recording Session

This is a part of the “boy band” section of the song. It only lasts about 30 seconds, but it had two sets and four costume changes!
Boy Band 1

Yep, this is David ready to $&%*#@!ing punk rock:
David Lee King Library 101 Punk

And, I’m right there with him on that:
MP Punk Library 101

And here we are in that gym, with me in front of the backdrop, the lights and one of the three video cameras. This is one of three multicolored backdrops we shot in front of in the gym:
Hello from the Library 101 set

We hope when the song/video comes out next month that you’ll check it out and join in the Library 101 movement. We’ve got a new set of basics to follow in libraries if we want to stay relevant and useful and we are hoping to advance that with this project. Really, if libraries weren’t so amazing and important, we wouldn’t even try to do all this. Go, go Library 101!

Libraryman

Library 101 Is All About Change

“We now have new basics in Libraryland, a new “Library 101″, if you will. And embracing a new Library 101 means change is in store. My challenge to all of you is to be that change. Yes, it means some things will be different. Yes, your jobs will adjust. And YES, libraries can be more relevant, secure, useful and practical societal anchors, anchors that do more good and provide more value to society than many of us ever imagined possible. But, that is dependent on all the fine library staff members around the world embracing and shaping the change that a new “Library 101″ can bring. Please join me in the call that is “Library 101″ and do your part to secure a bright, thriving future for libraries. Go and be Library 101! Thank you Libraryland! ”
Library 101 Is All About Change

This post showed up on my facebook page, and I wondered if seeing the debate might be useful, interesting, thought provoking, and hopefully not boring. :) Check it out. What do you think?:
Library 101 facebook comments

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!

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

    Video is up and linked below!

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

From the last post you can see that David and I recorded a snappy little library song last week. We are really proud of the work we’ve produced and now YOU get a chance to be in the video!! It is jumpy little ditty about library futures, technology and how we will succeed as libraries.
Please listen to this short snippet and then…..shoot a brief video of you singing along! Thats all it takes! You can use a web cam, or any other camera you like and send it to the email below. It should really only take a few minutes on your end, and after we get the videos, we’ll take the best and put them in the video we are hard at work on! Of course, please also feel free to send other video that might go along with the title/theme of the song “hi-fi sci-fi library” (costumes are very welcome by the way!:)
So join in the fun and star in a video with us! This is your official invite! We are looking forward to seeing YOU in our upcoming video!

Here is a link to the very short snippet to sing along with (you can download it even if you want). The “hi-fi sci-fi library” part is what we really need to see you singing.

If you have you have a webcam, you really should be emailing your video to: michael.libraryman *At Sign**gmail.com

Please send your clips in to the above address no later than August 24th, 2008.

We are really looking forward to seeing you in the video with us!!!!!!!!!

-Michael Porter and David Lee King

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

Last week, during an amazing trip to Kansas to speak at the NEKLS Tech Day 2008 (more about that in another post), David and I took a day to record a song that we had been working on together for a couple of months via phone, email and the interweb tubes. We started pretty early and had a happy, long day of fun, creativity, meeting family and, well, making music about the most exciting things out there when it comes to library futures.
The song is called “hi-fi sci-fi library”, and is intended for use around the time I do my keynote session at the 2008 LITA National Forum in October, but I doubt we’ll be able to resist sharing it for that long. We even shot some nice HD video to turn into a music video. lol! It was really fun work and my deepest appreciation to David and his family for their kind welcome. I think we might all still have the chorus knocking around in our heads three days later. Oh, and speaking of the chorus, the song is actually pretty good! It is catchy, fun, quick, (hopefully) inspiring and the lyrics are tight! David and I will both blog about it when we get the mix and the finishing touches completed. In the meantime, here area couple shots of us in the studio:
Me Singing Small

we r recording our song

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Now playing: David Lee King and Michel Porter – hi-fi sci-fi library