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.


Vote for your favorite YouTube/ Comic!

Nancy Dowd of the blog, The "M" Word: Marketing Libraries reminded me about the New Jersey State Library's YouTube/Comic contest.

Basically, YouTube videos and comics have been submitted.

Anyone (and not just people from NJ!) can vote.

Go here; read the comics and view the videos; and then vote. (All you have to do is go to the NJ State Library home page and click on the YouTube icon.) There are some pretty good ones, and no, I'm not going to tell you the ones I voted for!

You can see the current results after you vote; voting ends December 31.

Nancy asks, "Help us get the word out, post this on your blogs, facebook and MySpace pages; tell your customers, families and friends. The kids worked hard on their projects, it would be great if lots of people got to see their work. " If you have any questions, you can contact Nancy at ndowd @ njstatelib.org (remove the spaces, of course!).

Full disclosure: my new place of work is NJLBH, a division of the NJ State Library.

Cross posted at Tea Cozy.

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Accio, Deathly Hallows!

Many Pop readers know what big fans we are of Brotherhood 2.0 -- for the uninitiated, it's a year-long video blog project between YA author John Green and his brother Hank, and it is made out of AWESOME -- but rarely is there such a perfect storm of Pop-bait as Wednesday's video, which, well, just watch it, people. You can thank us later.

Happy reading, everyone. We haven't really discussed it yet, but I hope we'll have a group review up early next week.

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Rock & Roll Mamas (and The Library)

I found clips from the forthcoming documentary Rock & Roll Mamas, which promises to showcase "the struggles and triumphs of both emerging and established rock stars who are also mothers" via a link at Babble.com. You can view clips on YouTube of notable female rock luminaries such as Suzanne Vega, Corin Tucker (ex of Sleater-Kinney), Zia McCabe (of the Dandy Warhols) and Kristen Hersh (ex of Throwing Muses).

As of the filmmaker's most recent blog post, there are only 5 minutes of edited footage, so it's not as though this is a movie coming to a theater near you in the next month or so. Still, it's worth noting for a few reasons:

  • This is a documentary which will appeal to lots of new, youngish parents. The musicians whose interviews are showcased on YouTube are perhaps not famous in a Beatlemania sort of way, but they are very well known in their own way. Does your library hold CDs by these artists? If so, you can cross-promote two collections at once when the DVD comes out.
  • This is a project you can replicate, cheaply & easily, at your own library with a video camera, a USB or firewire cable, and some editing software, in about 15 minutes after storytime. Call it Your Town Mamas, and post your videos as responses to the videos already hosted at YouTube! Who knows, maybe you have the next YouTube star singing along with "The Wheels on the Bus." She's so money, and she doesn't even know it.
  • This is just one more entry in the endless parade of examples you can file under DIY for the nanotech age. This is what our present era is about: people creating their own content and using it to make connections with others. On a broader scale, look at what John & Hank Green and their devoted Nerdfighters are doing for microfinanciers kiva.org, through their Brotherhood 2.0 project. This is amazing, world-transforming stuff! I'm not saying that Rock & Roll Mamas rises to the level of transforming the world at the macro level, but I think it will at a micro level ("Hey, having a baby will change my life, but I'll still be myself!"), and I bet Your Town Mamas would have a similar effect. Consider it a kaffeeklatsch for the digital age.

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