Friday, December 22, 2006
Remember, there is no registration fee for the 2007 conference. However, it is critical that you complete and return a registration form. Critical if you want to eat and have a chair to sit on, that is!
Merry Christmas, everyone! When I next post, we will be (gulp) in the conference year... four months and counting!
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Serve everyone: Our new international library card is very popular. For 100 lyre, 10,000 francs, or160 yen you can purchase a library card from Lake Neverwuz. So far we only sold 3 cards but Canada is only 175 miles away and is certainly an untapped market.
Are places of opportunity. We've had fourteen couples meet here at the library and get married. Last year our story hour attendance took a major jump.
Are great places for kids. This is farm country so don't call our youngsters kids, for obvious reasons. Our library offers youngsters a vast array of services, YouTube, DVD's, CD's, Learn a Test, Tutor.com, Tattoo World, Pimp your Ride, and comic books, day care, snowmobiles in the winter and special lake excursions in the summer.
Bring you the world. Our Commodores and Apple II e's in the computer lab give our users access to info as far away as Wisconsin.
Help us lead better lives. Our community has grown and people have told us that they moved here because of the library and the great services we offer. Our quickie divorce and remarry program has brought many a midwesterner here instead of Reno and Las Vegas. Our board chair dresses as Garrison Keilor and performs as many marriages as Elvis does in Nevada.
Build better communities. Our build a house program uses the skills of our Friends group to build houses for the needy and near needy of our community. We think this is a model program and are thinking of going national, maybe through ALA.
Promote literacy. Here's where we excell. We an't never turnd away nobody. Our goal is to educate everone so dat they can read good.
Are essential to education. When the schools close for the summer we have all the teachers come and work at the summer reading program. Its part of their contract.
Attract businesses. We've helped Neverwuz Ink (tatto parlor) get started. We helped the DDA get sidewalks into the downtown area so we no longer have to walk on pallets to get to stores downtown. This has helped business, and the old pallets will be used for a craft during the summer reading program.
Are a great value. For every dollar spent to support the library we have calculated that it adds $17.32 back into the economy of the community. How we did this calculation is a mystery, but I'm sure its accurate.
Spread the word! Tell us your stories at the upcoming Rural Libraries Conference in May of 2007. Happy Holidays.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Imagine what would happen if each of us said at least one of the things on this list to at least one person every day? Talk about word of mouth marketing!
10 reasons to support libraries
Libraries. . .
Are places of opportunity.
Are great places for kids.
Bring you the world.
Help us lead better lives.
Build better communities.
Are essential to education.
Are a great value.
Spread the word!
Monday, December 11, 2006
See you all at the Rural Librarians Conference, where the librarians are smart, the book talks center on the books of the 50's and noise is okay, as long as we don't use our "outside voices"
Any knitting librarians out there? Check out my experiment with Google Co-op at http://www.purldive.com.
The MaintainIT project, a three-year effort run by TechSoup, a technology resource for nonprofit organizations, wants to hear stories about how libraries maintain public access computers and internet services for their communities. By collecting best practices on the topic, the Share Your Story about PACs campaign will distill the information into a series of free how-to guides tailored to the technical support needs of different types of public libraries. MaintainIT would like to hear from small, rural libraries by December 15....
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
I can't wait for the conference, I hope you have it marked on your calendar. Remember that the Gates Foundation, you all remember Billy, is helping to fund the conference so all you have to budget for is your hotel and transportation. What a deal! See you in May.
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Jenny Levine & Michael Stephens
Jenny and Michael are leaders in the library 2.0 world. Jenny blogs at The Shifted Librarian and Michael's blog is Tame the Web. Michael is particularly excited to join us as he spends the better part of his summers at his cottage near TC.
Our own ever-popular Maureen will join us on Monday evening for an inspirational and funny take on our lives in libraryland.
Jo writes the Miss Zukas mystery series and is originally from Scottville, MI. Her other books include the Ruby Crane mystery series and several books for young people. After her keynote, Jo will do a book signing.
Monday, November 20, 2006
Monday, November 13, 2006
You will learn much about 2.0 at the conference. In the meantime, read what Michael Stephens has to say about getting started with 2.0:
Thursday, November 09, 2006
From Laura Cohen who blogs at http://liblogs.albany.edu/library20/
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
Marian emailed me yesterday. She is totally bummed that nobody is commenting on her posts. Given her recent
It is really very easy. Just click on the orange comment link at the end of the post, add your comment, enter the verification text so we know you aren't an evil robot, and click "login and publish" - that's it!
Heck, you might even invite her to a movie this Saturday night!
Tower guestroom $129.00/night
Hotel guestroom $99.00/night
EXCITING NEWS - Attendees are responsible for travel & accommodations ONLY for 2007. Grant funding from the Gates Foundation allows us to cover the conference registration fee by subsidizing attendee meals and some facility expenses.
Monday, October 30, 2006
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
I usually plan a change of clothes for each session, but since my husband carries the luggage and is getting old I have decided this time to only change clothes in the a.m., p.m., and evening.
Seriously, though, dress comfortable, with good walking shoes and layer. Sometimes the rooms get too warm and if you layer you can make yourself comfortable and not include on your evaluation form that the room was too cold or too hot. Happy packing.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Thursday, September 07, 2006
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Dress for Success: I am planning to have a session on dressing for success as a library director from a rural area. Bring your sewing machines, flour sacks and thread. “Marion T. and your sewing machine” is what I want to call the session, but I can’t seem to get that young Deb to agree to it. I think she has something else in mind, Watch for an announcement.
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
As part of the project, Gates/WebJunction is offering a free montly series of webinars on topics "of importance to the work of sustaining Rural and Small libraries. The next webinar, Upgrading and Repairing the Technology in Your Library, is scheduled for 9/28/06.
There are great resources available to you at WebJunction -- check it out!
Monday, August 28, 2006
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Dress Casual. As someone who has attended all the conferences I SAY dress casual. The first few years I wore three inch heels and almost killed myself. “Birkies” are best but any comfortable shoe will do.
Dress in Layers. This is Michigan and at most Rural conferences the weather goes from spring to fall to winter and back to winter. I wear a cute yellow polka dot bikini, then a T-shirt, then a turtleneck and a sweater and parka. I’m prepared for everything you be too.
Friday, August 04, 2006
Awards - Sherry Mountney
Equipment & Internet - Trixie Wint
Hospitality/Local Arrangements - Holly Mercer
Program - Deb Bacon-Ziegler
Volunteers - Gayle Hazelbaker
There is still time to get involved with conference planning and on-site work. Let me know if you are interested bacon-zieglerd AT michigan DOT gov
For those of you who have already volunteered, you will soon be contacted by your committee chair.
The reason I mention this program is that the training portion will dovetail with RLC 2007 and the grant funds will allow us to offer special conference programming and benefits. Stay tuned for further details.
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Speaking of Flickr, you will enjoy Rural Library Director's jobs. Check it out and then pat yourself on the back (or go out for a really, really big margarita).
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
What does Web 2.0 mean for libraries? How does "your library 2.0" work? Read on...
What is Web 2.0 by Tim O'Reilly
Web 2.0 from Wikipedia
Addressing the Permanence Issue at www.blyberg.net
Social Software from Wikipedia
Library 2.0 in three easy steps Squidoo lens by Steve Wilson
Library 2.0 Reading List Squidoo lens by Jenny Levine & Michael Stephens
Personally, I am most excited by the fact that Web 2.0 levels the playing field. A tiny library can create a del.icio.us account and maintain an amazing list of annotated web resources. That list can then be shared with patrons as part of the library's reference collection. Photos of a library building project can be organized and shared via a Flickr account. Bookmark Writely on your public access computers and your patrons have a web-based word processor. Use instant messaging for free, virtual reference service. Create a library blog.
What are YOU doing with Web 2.0?
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Feel free to send your burning conference questions to Marian via a comment to this or any of her upcoming posts.
Monday, July 17, 2006
Monday, June 26, 2006
I want to be this librarian, don't you?
Librarian 2.0 also listens to staff and users when planning, tells the stories of successes and failures, learns from both, celebrates those successes, allows staff time to play and learn, and never stops dreaming about the best library services.
One of the greatest things about a small/rural library is that you can wake up, decide to be Librarian 2.0, and put your decision into action that very day. The small guys have a certain amount of flexibility and immediacy that eludes the big guys. So, order a pizza, gather your staff & volunteers, make your plan and GO!
Thursday, June 22, 2006
Another great resource for keeping up with the Michigan library community is Michlib-L, the statewide library listserv. If you aren't a subscriber, please take a minute to join the list.
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
An article in the Boston Globe that mentions our very own Bill Harmer from Chelsea District Library! Seems Bill's idea to host rock concerts at the library is catching on nationwide!
I know that all of our Michigan libraries have great programs and unique ideas to share. What's happening at your library this summer? Don't be shy -- the easiest form of advocacy is word-of-mouth. Let your patrons, your community, and your state library community know what you are doing and why you matter.
Thursday, June 15, 2006
The user is not "remote." You, the librarian, are remote, and it is your
job to close that gap.
Read the rest of Karen's manifesto, The User Is Not Broken, and share your comments.
Another of my favorites - The Cluetrain Manifesto - is here.
(Thanks to Sue for the reference to Karen's piece)
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Interested? Visit www.michigan.gov/ldds or email me at bacon-zieglerd AT michigan DOT gov.
The Americans for Libraries Council just released its report Long Overdue: A Fresh Look at Public Attitudes About Libraries in the 21st Century. For the full text of the report, click here. The report and supplemental materials are excellent tools for your local advocacy efforts.
Have you seen the Library Success Wiki? Have a look. Or better yet, contribute.
Speaking of small and rural, everyone is cheering the Soca Warriors on against England tomorrow, right? Go T&T!!!!!
Finally, for a bit of fun, check out Karen Schneider's latest creation over at Free Range Librarian.
Thursday, May 25, 2006
Proposals should reflect the conference theme "Libraries 2.0" and the future role of small & rural libraries in our communities and state.
Program proposals are due July 15, 2006.
Monday, May 15, 2006
As the RLC chair, my vision for 2007 is a conference that keeps the best of our traditions while introducing some exciting new opportunities for everyone involved.
What are those traditions and opportunities? I don't know yet -- and that is where you come in! RLC Veteran? Newbie? Somewhere in-between? Please consider becoming a 2007 RLC volunteer.
To express your interest as a volunteer, please submit the following information to email@example.com.
-Name, library, contact information including email address
-Would you like to serve on a committee*, volunteer on-site, or both?
-If you are interested in a committee, which one? Why does that particular committee assignment appeal to you? What is your vision for that committee in 2007?
-Are you interested in serving as a committee chair?
-Any other information you'd like to share?
*see previous post for list of committees
Monday, May 08, 2006
Equipment & Internet - Organizes and manages on-site technology including computers, LCD projectors, Internet access & stations
Volunteers - Organizes and manages on-site conference volunteers (CEU sign-off, registration table, assisting keynote speakers, etc.)
Hospitality/Local Arrangements - Organizes and manages conference hospitality and promotes/coordinates local attractions/sightseeing for attendees
Program - Executes call for programs. Peer review of program proposals, booking presenters, scheduling sessions and assigning rooms, handouts, etc.
Watch this space (and Michlib-L) for the call for conference volunteers to be issued May 15.
Thursday, May 04, 2006
The 2007 theme, Rural Libraries 2.0, reflects both our rich past and the exciting future. Why 2.0? Much more on this concept later, but the brief explanation is that we are all engaged in creating the 21st century version of the public library. What will the 2.0 version of Michigan small and rural libraries look like? That is totally up to us!
I encourage you to bookmark this blog (or subscribe to the RSS feed) and come back often. Have an idea? Want to get involved? Leave a comment or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.