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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!

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Library 101: The Cartoon T-shirt

"Library 101" Cartoon Shirt Design

You can now get a t-shirt with this cartoon design (and many other “Library 101″ and Libraryman designs) on it. Buying stuff here helps us pay for the Library 101 project, but honestly, it doesn’t make a huge dent (we figured if we sell about 400 t-shirts before we’d break even). So you should really just pick one up if you really like the shirt and project. Oh and thanks to whoever bought the “Libraryman with Pow!” button already. I know it was a librarian because I hadn’t told anybody about the store yet. :)

Here’s a link to the entire Libraryman Zazzle store. Some of the stuff is pretty nice, and, well, you gotta love the word “Zazzle”, right? :)

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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

My heart goes out to Greg Schwartz and the rest of the folks (staff and patrons) at the LFPL. Greg posted these pretty shocking pictures of the damage just s few minutes ago:
That's my office back there on Twitpic

One more image for you on Twitpic

As I write this entry their site is down (as their machines are under water), but once things are back up and running I am sure they will have a way for you to donate to the repair and rebuilding on their web site: www.lfpl.org/

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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!

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!

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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

Netflix ships 2.2 million DVDs a day. And circulates 95% of its inventory every three months. Netflix is the best DVD ILL system in the world. What do you think of THAT modern libraries?
*found on notes accompanying behind the scenes shipping room pictures that Netflix just posted to facebook today*
Comments from my facebook page are below. Fascinating that facebook now gets more interaction than this ole’ blog. Not surprising, but it does make the point of my last post a bit more intensely. At any rate…read the debate!
fb Netflix conversation June09.

When I write, talk about and present on social tools, media distribution and library futures I ALWAYS talk about functionality. Brand names are important but *functionality* is what really matters. It has always been my strong opinion that LIBRARIES need to be creating the spaces where people interact with each other the way they do on facebook/Twitter etc. Why?

Facebook, and a dozen other for profit orgs, reaches too deeply into our REAL lives and connections to be held responsible to business principles/concerns only. Meanwhile, library orgs understand community and the deeper issues of privacy and democracy more than any company tasked with making profit ever could. But quite frankly, we (the entire library industry) generally stink at software development. Happily though, for thoughtful (and talented) software development companies, library folks get privacy and the sacred trust of protecting information (and therefore democracy at large) in ways that would escape most any other professional. The understanding libraries have here is built into our mission statements and policies. These aren’t vague promises or “statements” to “not be evil” that have no teeth when it comes to how we operate in our communities. No, these policies and practices demonstrate understanding of and commitment to protecting privacy all the while focusing on developing communities for the benefit of the community at large. Once a company like facebook get the critical mass it has now, this sort of consideration must be part of its operational intent. If not, there will be dire consequences for our society.

So will we make the next sea change as an industry or will we get cast about by the whims of info fads, social buzz, and shiny tools…at the cost of our core democratic principles? Or, just maybe, can we find a work together for the betterment of all involved…

And to Twitter, facebook, etc, I would personally challenge you to approach us, and work with us. Step up and be more than a business. You have a powerful impact and your promise is inspiring…in much the same way libraries are inspiring (after all we are both all about information and community, aren’t we?). In many ways you already are fulfilling your promise, but you are treading on dangerous ground for society at large if you don’t guard information based on a higher set of principles than business success. We want to work with you, honestly. Please get in touch with us. Heck, start with me here! I can get a slew of us together to help you and we’ll all be better organizations for it.

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