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.

2009-10-23

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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2009-04-22

See Sophie and Liz B Sign Their Names

And we do it well. We've had years of practice.

Are you going to the NJLA Conference next week? You have not one, but two, opportunities for the Sophie & Liz B show (the short version and the long version.)

The short version: Sophie Brookover and I sign our book, Pop Goes the Library: Using Pop Culture to Connect With Your Whole Community on Tuesday, from 3:30 to 4:30

The long version: Our presentation Wednesday, from 11:30 to 12:20:

Pop Goes the Library: Public Relations Tips & Tricks to Connect with Your Whole Community "If you buy it, will they come? What do you do with the popular materials your patrons request? Get serious about marketing and promoting your pop culture collections! Learn about internal as well as external marketing, create a PR campaign for local stakeholders, and develop & execute a pop culture advocacy plan to make your collections and programs really POP @ your library!" Sophie Brookover, Eastern Regional High School, Voorhees, NJ; Elizabeth Burns, NJ State Library, Library for the Blind and Handicapped.

See you there!

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2008-08-01

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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2008-05-23

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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2008-04-15

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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