This is National Library Week here in the U.S., and this year, the week comes as libraries are in desperate need of support – funding is under attack, hours are being cut, schools are dismissing media specialists in droves… all while library usage appears to be going up.
Throughout social media, libraries, librarians, and other communities are doing their best to rally to libraries’ aid. I highlighted an earlier comment-fund raising initiative, and today, many bloggers teamed up for Library Appreciation Day (with many links collected at Sheli Johannes-Wells’ blog).
While each small effort might not yield big results, the more people think about libraries, the more chance they’ll speak out and offer support. Social media is a way to get that message out – for everyone to help spread the word that libraries need us.
I took advantage of the new, free Search Stories on YouTube to create a video to, I hope, help spread the word in another way. It was also an experiment with a new tool – admittedly content for Google/YouTube – to see if it could be useful in any way.
I think people will tell some clever stories with Search Stories. Could you do a book trailer? Sure! Promote a blog event? Why not! Help libraries? I hope so. For me, it was fun and felt good. Sometimes, that alone can be enough.
As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Been part of community events? Helped spread the word with a video? Tips and stories are always welcome! (And hey… support your library!)
If you cannot see the video above, you can click here to see it on YouTube.