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LJ mover&shaker nominations lost

(reposting from elsewhere)
LJ apparently had a server mishap last week and all Mover & Shaker nominations input before November 5 were l.o.s.t. So, please, if you nominated someone for Mover & Shaker this year, you’ll have to go back and do it again.

This from Marylaine Block (to George by email posted here):
We are assured that the electronic nomination form is working, but if you prefer, you can supply all the information requested on the form and either fax it to 646-746-6734, or send it in an e-mail to Francine Fialkoff. The deadline has been extended to November 28.

So sorry to LJ – I hope you have a good turn out of do-overs!

Thank You: Michigan Library Consortium

Last week I had the pleasure of visiting Michigan for the first time – talking with the Michigan Library Consortium members about community building and libraries. It was my first time out on the road with material from the LBC project and it started a great conversation that I hope will continue to inform our thinking as a profession about community building in libraries – as well as the writing as it continues! My presentation is posted on slideshare/itgirl (new to my personal web 2.0 toolbox) – take a look! I am likely to use some of this material again as I talk more about the book, but already … it’s changing … based on what you’all said while I was out there.

Big message: successful community builders have (at least) four things in common, and these were the theme of my talk. They:

-listen to needs (includes scanning!)
-respond (appropriately to the needs)
-engage (another word for marketing, but the new way, not the old)
-iterate (through evaluation and change)

successful community builders are also thinking about:

-space (inside, outside, online – doesn’t matter where we do it)
-tools (technology is just a tool; let’s start talking to each other more!)
-sustainability (planning for the long haul)

(Looks like the book is shaping up around these ideas – let me know what you think!)

Thanks especially to Heather and Ruth for hosting me. To their Director Randy for blogging, twittering, and facebooking about the event before, during, and after! The panel of Michigan library directors they had assembled right after my keynote, and the fantastic MLC staffers all building community in so many ways – thank you for sharing your projects and libraries with me and your colleagues in MI! And finally, to everyone that gave me feedback and asked questions, both during the presentation and after – a huge thanks! I am definitely already taking your ideas and comments to heart … making updates and changes for my next presentation.

Anyone who’d still like to send in your library’s community building thoughts/projects? Our online survey is still open – please do so! I’d love to hear what you’re learning, or to highlight your or your library’s story in the book or my next talk.

humility redefined

m&s07look! my fifteen minutes! this is quite an honor, but i know that it is because of us and the work that we do that i’ve been recognized here. thank you to all of the colleagues in libraryland that i’m connected to – i am honored to be a part of changing our profession with you.

Mildred Francis Noble Richardson

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My grandmother died unexpectedly on New Year’s Eve in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This photo was taken during my last visit with her, in November 2006. She’s standing with my mom, visiting my grandfather’s grave site at the national cemetery in Santa Fe for the first time. She will be buried there with him next Friday.

Though we loved each other dearly, my grandmother and I had a challenging relationship. It’s from her that I draw both my Southern sentiment and obduracy. One of the things that we had in common and always agreed on, however, was our love for libraries. In the mid-60s Millie worked at the University of New Mexico library as a cataloger and she never tired of sharing with me how much she loved her work there. She was thrilled at my chosen profession and enjoyed learning about how technology was changing librarianship. At the age of 87, she reveled in her cell phone speed dials, Internet access, and email forwards. We often joked about how she always needed the latest technologies, about the woes of being a tech-savvy grannie.

Next week I’ll be traveling to say goodbye to both of my grandparents from their new vantage point. Married for more than 50 years, they’ll be together again as they rest in Santa Fe. Though I didn’t realize it until I sat down to write this piece, my grandmother¬† is part of the inspiration for my work in libraries and with technology. And in spite of how excruciatingly difficult my grandmother could be, I will miss her.

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folusa’s essay contest

Just saw this today in AL direct (thanks Rachel):

Friends of Libraries USA has extended the deadline until January 2 for its new award for a 700-word essay that focuses on how the library can transform a community (see contest rules). The friends group or library designated in the entry form must be a FOLUSA memeber with a current membership valid through January 31. 

LBC featured at SIRSI/DYNIX Institute

Last week, I had the pleasure of speaking to a group of 30 librarians on LBC. I went over the approaches that Chrystie and I are working on for the book, which are case studies built into processes/methodology. I haven’t heard any feedback yet (SIRSI should be getting back to me with that information), but I thought it went rather well.

If you get a chance, listen the audio and take a look at the slides of the talk and let us know what you think of the approach we’re taking.

-Steven

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