Posts Tagged ‘SRP’

Teens and Me

Just finished two full days of book talking at the local high school and one day at the middle school. I’m sure I’ve created a monster!!

We’re renovating our small (400 sq ft) “Quiet Room” into a Teen Room and I’ve invited everyone to come and help. Well, not exactly. But I did invite them for pizza on Friday and let them know that Saturday, we’ll be painting the room and if anyone wants to help, fill out a volunteer application for the Volunteen group and a permission slip from parents, in case they fall off a ladder! Then, on Monday & Tuesday, those are splatter paint days. You heard me. We’re splatter painting one of the walls.

At the end of next week, our techs are putting in a 55″ flat screen TV, an entertainment center, PS2 and XBox 360 plus 4 wireless controllers.

Oh yeah, the Summer Reading Program starts next week too. Did I mention we’re having a pizza party on the last day of school? If I’m still standing, I’ll post some pix of everything from above. 🙂

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PLA: Take Your Online Services to the Next Level

Speaker: Michelle Jeske, Manager of Web Information Services & the Community Technology Center, Denver Public Library

According to a study by the British Library, the searcher of the future expects access 24/7, instant gratification and the ability to “power browse.” We need to be ready by “being where they are.” We need to get as much “return on investment” as possible.

Her primary point of view is that it’s audio and video that will take you there.

  • You’ll be more popular
  • You’ll get more people involved.
  • You’ll make more connections with a new audience.
  • It’s fun.
  • It’s easier than you think.

Audio is particularly easy with just a computer and an Internet connection for doing the basics. Video requires a little more because of the camera and then some kind of software like I-Movie (Mac), Captivate or Garage movie.

She then shared some examples of other libraries doing some of this type of work:

Interestingly enough, Denver does not have a large budget and even hosts their podcasts offsite at Libsyn for only $240/year while Boulder Public Library uses GCast which is primarily free.

She also talked about the Children’s Technology Workshop who have an online presence, but also do “parties” and teach children how to use podcasting and vidcasting equipment. They do not have an outlet in Harford County but they do have it in Baltimore… so perhaps this organization would be worth contacting.

Other types of opportunities and examples:

  • Smithsonian Global Sound (streaming music)
  • YouTube now has Channels! and with them, you can really customize and brand your offerings. See Anaheim Ballet as an example. It really looks like a MySpace page almost and has lots of different things… not just videos.
  • Edmonton Public Library also has a YouTube channel.
  • Allen County Public Library has a YouTube channel with over 52 videos. Right now, there’s an interview with Michael Stephens, Web 2.0 guru and blogger for Tame the Web. They ran a very successful video contest as well. Check it out.
  • Other uses for video and podcasts might be exhbits (which gives the visit a longer life), author visits, and online help tutorials. Another nice example of this is Orange County Library System. They call it their Virtual Library! Very cool.

Denver Public Library has many plans for the future. They are planning to do more Teen Programs, build a podcasting studio, do more videos with their new cat mascot (see their 2006 SRP promotion), and podcast original poetry during April for National Poetry Month. They are also hoping to do a “cell phone” video contest, build a YouTube channel, build a Facebook presence, create a video panorama of the “front range,” do more with local music and bands and create a PDA size website.

Interesting note on their mascot, they spent a lot of time describing the “attibutes” of their cat… perhaps we should do the same for Tales. email: mjeske@denverlibrary.org