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.


Cover Girls!

Hey, who is that foxy lady on the cover of School Library Journal this month? Why, it's none other than our very own Liz B, graciously sharing the cover with fellow YA & Kidlitosphere luminaries Jennifer Hubert Swan, Betsy Bird, Monica Edinger, and Cheryl Klein!

Liz is on a roll lately, having made the cover of SLJ twice in the last couple of months -- first with the article on fan fiction that she co-authored with fellow Pop-er Carlie Webber, and now with this Mad Men-themed cover photo. You go, girl!

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Pop Goes the Library at Internet Librarian

Are you going to the Internet Librarian 2009 Conference?

Then you have two chances to meet me, you lucky person, you!

First, on Monday, October 26? I'll be at a Meet the Authors program.

Second, I'll be giving a presentation on Wednesday October 28 with Sarah Houghton-Jan, Digital Futures Manager, San Jose Public Library author of LibrarianInBlack.net, called Technology: The Engine Driving Pop Culture-Savvy Libraries or Source of Overload?

Technology often drives pop culture trends like iPhone mania and texting addictions, and it can also be used to improve all kinds of library services when we embrace the idea that information technology is everyone’s job. By establishing a tech-friendly atmosphere, libraries can harness the latest real-world and web-based techno tools to engage customers in an ongoing discussion to identify and meet the pop cultural & life-learning needs of their communities. Find out how to use trendspotting, experimentation, and continuous training to create a technological sandbox at your library and hear about creative strategies and practical, imaginative solutions from the field for you to use in your community. Then hear how to deal with information load through ten principles including organizational techniques, how to filter your input, time and stress management, managing overload in different media: email, RSS, interruptive technologies, the telephone, print media, multimedia, and social networks. Come away with a plan for tackling your own mound (physical or virtual) of overload!

Stop by, say "hi." Tell me I sent you.

cross posted at A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy

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Book Winners!

Thanks to all of the people who entered our impromptu book giveaway contest! Across comments to both blogs we had a total of 13 viable entries, so I used a random number generator to produce the following results (drumroll, please):

#5: Loonstone
#6: Julia
#11: Peter Alsbjer

Come on dowwwwwwwn! Or, really, just send your snailmail particulars to popgoesthebook[at]gmail[dot]com. I'll mail your books out over the weekend.

Thanks once again to all of our lovely contestants, and fear not! We will be holding another contest in weeks to come. This one will be decided based on feats of pop strength, not chance!

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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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Fun Friday: Presenting Pop Goes the Library -- The Book!

Cover Art
Originally uploaded by sophiebiblio
What is more fun than opening your front door to find a box full of 15 perfectly packed copies of the book you wrote with one of your best friends and favorite colleagues? Not much, I'll tell you.

Liz & I are so proud and excited to share Pop Goes the Library: Using Pop Culture To Connect With Your Whole Community with you all. We've got a special blog about the book over here, and a wiki set up to keep all of the many, many links from the book up to date for you (good gravy, we are learning to use MediaWiki at last -- hold us).

We've also set up a Group & photo Pool in Flickr, because we want to see you reading, using, and otherwise interacting with the book. Please join us!

You can also track our updates on Twitter, and we're setting up a Page on Facebook, so you can become a Fan of the book, should you be so inclined -- I'll update when it's ready to go.

The official publication date is August 11, but of course, you (or your library) can pre-order the book anytime directly from our publisher, Information Today, or from Amazon, B&N, or the book wholesaler of your choice. (I think our royalties are highest when you buy direct from Information Today, though. I'm just saying.)

We keep IMing each other and saying things like, "It's real!?" "I KNOW!" "Whoo!" We won't be able to high-five in person until September, but it will be the high five heard round the world, you can be sure. We'll get Carlie to take a photo, and then we'll post that to the Flickr Pool.

We couldn't have done this without support from our families, friends, co-bloggers, colleagues, and readers, so thank you. Yes, you! You helped make this possible.

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Publisher's Link to Pop Book

Our awesome publishers, Info Today, have put up a special direct-order page for Pop Goes the Library: Using Pop Culture to Connect With Your Whole Community. We have a new, slightly later pub date -- we're looking at July or early August -- so while we won't be able to sign copies for you at ALA, we will be happy to send you personalized autographs in one of two ways:

  • We can create signatures/dedications on paper, then scan them & send them to you as PDFs, or;
  • You can send us an SASE and we'll send you back a signed/dedicated bookplate to put in your copy.
Send your requests to the comments!

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Congratulations All Elected ALA Candidates (But Most Especially Carlie Webber)!

The results are in, and our dear friend, colleague, and fellow Pop-er (Pop-ian? Pop-ie? What's the best suffix for us?) Carlie Webber has been elected to YALSA's Michael L. Printz Award Committee. She's the second of our crew (Liz Burns was the first) to attain this honor, and we couldn't be more pleased, more proud, or less surprised (I mean that in the best possible way -- anyone who's met or read Carlie knows what a savvy, tough reader she is).  

Congratulations to all of the winners, and, as a member of the 2009 YALSA Nominating Committee, thanks to everyone who ran this year!  

If you're a member of YALSA, please consider running for office next year!  Info on all available positions is at the YALSA Wiki.

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Pop Goes the Book is Almost Here!

Check this out.
And this.

Say it with me, now: Squee!

Liz & I will be reviewing galleys in the next couple of weeks. We've lined up awesome blurbers and a fantaaaastic forward-writer. We are beyond excited.

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Carlie Webber for Printz 2010!

We are delighted to endorse Carlie Webber, fellow Pop Goes the Library-an, friend, esteemed colleague, and genius of the supremely catchy catchphrase, for the Michael L. Printz Committee for 2010.

Carlie is a smart, sharp reader who can not only articulate her vision of literary quality; she can sniff out a lack of it at twenty pages.

Carlie is passionate about the need for the Printz Award winners and honor books to be more than mere vehicles for shiny labels.

Carlie is a seasoned book reviewer and Mock Printz contest moderator. She cuts through BS with her Ginsu knife-like wit, leaps tall ARCs in a single bound, and has read and reviewed more books than you've had hot dinners. The woman knows her stuff and doesn't mince words.

Carlie Webber! Passion. Vision. Experience. Savvy. Abundant Charm.

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