Pop Goes the Library

Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.

by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.

2008-11-07

Review Copies Out The Door

Liz & I hope you're following the progress of our book, Pop Goes the Library: Using Pop Culture to Connect With Your Whole Community, at the book's blog, but I thought it'd be fun to cross-post a little bit about some book-related updates.

This is a photo of some of the review copies we sent out recently. But wasn't the book published in August, you ask? What took you so long? Well might you ask! There's a story, of course, which you can read here.

We've got 3 more comp copies to give away -- if you want one, leave a comment, and we'll pick three random commenters to receive one, signed by Liz & me! Ready? Go!

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11 Comments:

  • At 11:03 AM, Blogger Joanne de Groot said…

    As an instructor in a university program that prepares teachers to be teacher-librarians, I am looking forward to reading your book. My teacher-librarian students, especially those who work in junior and senior high schools, are especially interested in ways to bring teenagers through their doors and engage them with programs, collections, and services that are interesting and appealing to them. Your book seems like it will give them the tools they need to do just that. I have mentioned your book in my courses already and look forward to having time to read it cover to cover and share these ideas with my future students.

    Joanne de Groot
    Instructor,
    Teacher-Librarianship by Distance Learning Program
    University of Alberta
    Edmonton, Alberta

     
  • At 11:44 AM, Blogger Angel, librarian and educator said…

    Your blog has been a good way for me to keep up with pop culture and connecting it with libraries. So, yes, I would look forward to reading the book as well. Congrats.

    Best, and keep on blogging.

     
  • At 11:54 AM, Blogger Eva M said…

    The Los Angeles Public Library desperately needs an infusion of pop culture so that we can keep up with our hip patrons! Please, send us a dose of inspiration in the form of "Pop Goes the Library".

    Eva Mitnick
    http://evasbookaddiction.blogspot.com
    Senior Librarian, Children's Services
    Los Angeles Public Library

     
  • At 2:07 PM, Blogger Emily said…

    I appreciate your comments as a pop culture fanatic and a librarian. Keep up the good work, thank you.

     
  • At 3:39 PM, Blogger Loonstruck said…

    We would love a copy of your book. We're always trying new things in pursuit of our ever elusive teens.

    Linda Bowman
    www.kckpl.lib.ks.us

     
  • At 6:09 PM, Blogger Julia K. said…

    ooh, I'd love a copy! I've been meaning to track one down, but the busy-ness of work and school have thus far prevented it!

     
  • At 11:50 PM, Blogger Beckyb said…

    I seeing your book all over the blog world - I would LOVE a review copy. I am a youth services librarian and I would THRILLED with this!

     
  • At 9:27 AM, Blogger RachelDuBois said…

    I love the idea of the book, but I'm curious since I'm here in Scotland how well you think the book would go over in the UK. I'd like to persuade my library to buy a copy but I'm sure they'll raise concerns about it being relevant only to the US. What good stuff can I tell them?

     
  • At 10:32 AM, Blogger Sophie Brookover said…

    Thanks to everyone who's posted so far!

    Great question, Rachel. When Liz & I were writing the book, we knew we couldn't fully address pop culture in the UK, Canada, Australia & New Zealand without sounding like big phonies, since we're not nearly as well-versed in those specific cultures as we are US pop culture. However, we also wanted to write a book that would be useful to the entire English-speaking world of librarians, so we covered topics that are relevant, no matter where you're practicing: marketing, PR, advocacy and outreach; community needs assessment; collection development; trendspotting.

    In our massive programming chapter, we focused primarily on events in the US and Canada, but many of the programs we outline -- those observing Veterans'/Remembrance Day, Back to School, Chinese New Year, Gardening, and Oktoberfest -- can all be celebrated anywhere.

    Likewise, our programs honoring events like The Super Bowl and the Academy Awards can easily be adapted to celebrate events with more UK-specific appeal, such as The Ashes Tournament and the BAFTAs.

    I hope that sounds promising enough for your librarians!

     
  • At 7:56 PM, Blogger adrienne said…

    I got my copy in the mail yesterday--thanks so much! I am very much looking forward to reading it.

     
  • At 11:10 PM, Blogger Zee said…

    Would love a copy!

     

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