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.

2008-08-01

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


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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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2008-04-15

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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2007-08-23

Survey Shutting Down on Sunday

Y'all. Y'all. Nearly 750 of you have started the survey, and nearly 350 of you have completed it. Thank you so, so much. We never anticipated such an incredible response, and are bowled over by how generous you have been with your time, your thoughtful responses, and your ideas. Again: thank you.

For those of you who have been putting off responding to the survey, or forgot about the survey, or have no idea what I'm talking about, first, read this entry. (Briefly, Liz & I are writing a book on pop culture & libraries. The survey is designed to find out what you're doing to leverage your pop culture collections at your library.) Then, if you are still interested in helping us out, please take the survey. It'll take you 15-30 minutes, tops, and will help us out immeasurably.

Like all good things, however, the survey is coming to a close. I'm shuttering the windows & rolling up the carpets on Sunday evening, around 5 PM EST. So speak -- er, type -- now, or forever hold your peace. At least until the book comes out.

Thank you, once more. We are in your collective debt, and we will do everything we can to ensure the book delivers on the promise of your contributions.

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2007-08-05

Pop Goes The Book (AKA, Take This Survey, Please!)

So, Liz and I have been sitting on some fairly big news for a while now: we're writing a book. It's called Pop Goes the Library: Using Pop Culture to Connect With Your Whole Community, and the good folks at ITI are going to publish it, sometime in 2008.

So while we feverishly research, write, and revise the manuscript, we have a request of all of you, dear Readers & Friends of Pop: we have this survey, you see, and it would help us out tremendously if you'd be willing to answer our questions. It's one thing for us to write about what we think makes a great marriage between pop culture & libraries; it's quite another, more powerful thing to quote our experienced colleagues on this topic.

So, if you're willing, our survey is right here.


We apologize in advance if you see e-mail survey-related e-mails on various list-servs. We're trying to gather as many responses as the library community is willing to provide.

Thank you so much for taking the time to participate. We know our book will be that much better for your contributions!

Cross-posted by Liz at Tea Cozy.

ETA: Despite our early testing of the survey, there were some problems. They are now fixed, or should be -- if you have problems, leave a note in the comments or e-mail sophie DOT brookover AT gmail DOT com. Thanks!

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