“Most commentaries to date on library use of social networks such as Facebook and Twitter have focused on a handful of well-funded public libraries with high-profile employees. Now Walt Crawford’s “Successful Social Networking in Public Libraries,” published by ALA Editions, completes the picture, offering for the first time an in-depth look at how a large variety of public libraries are conducting digital outreach and marketing through social networking.” (via American Library Association)
Newsday – “With on-demand publishing, many are realizing their dream with limited number of copies.”
As Walt has proved, this works!
Because he blogs stuff like this: “The most damaging thing most public libraries could do is to attempt to get rid of the â€œplaces of booksâ€ core image in favor ofâ€“well, of whatever. Building on, expanding, diversifying: Great. Abandoning or trivializing that role: Suicidal.”
Walt Crawford – “So for now Iâ€™m gainfully unemployed.”
But, there is more work down the pike for Walt. As he eludes to in the next few sentenced.
He says: “Balance is not a sexy idea, but Crawford helps makes sense of the debate, showing how both change and stasis can be troublesome for libraries, providing a fresh take on the timeless wisdom that technology must serve library the mission, not the reverse.”
Walt Crawford (Who points out that he is not a librarian…again) – “Rankings are fun, weâ€™re going to get â€œgradedâ€ whether we like it or not, and itâ€™s also all a little silly. But fun.”
Walt – You’re a librarian. Sorry to break it to ya. MLS or not. You ARE a librarian.
Walt Crawford – “The second Cites & Insights Book will appear Real Soon Now: A survey of current English-language public library blogs, mostly consisting of profiles of the blogs themselves.”
252 of them, to be exact. Wow!!
You would think that Walt has paid me off with a copy of his latest book in return for my blogging about him so much lately, but I just had to link to his post on the spam that getting into Meebo Rooms, plus reprint this quote:
“Postscript at the next coffee break: A new password-protected room has been created. In the real world, I donâ€™t much want to live in a gated community (and we donâ€™t). But in the real world, you donâ€™t get people storming through neighborhoods at 60mph throwing bags ofâ€¦well, whateverâ€¦onto every window once an hour, or there would be a lot more gated communities.”
Too funny Walt. If life/work wasn’t so busy lately (I’ve been up after 12:30AM for the past 3 weeks or so), I’d be all over the LSW Meebo room. Alas, I’m not, but will hopefully join soon.
Disclaimer – Disclaimers are for egomaniacs. Get over yourself.