Archive for the ‘The Echo Chamber’ Category

The time for libraries is NOW

14 Mar
The time for information professionals is NOW, too.

The idea of this is to position the information professional as someone who will be increasingly important in an information-driven world, and to try and market the library in a more positive light. It’s inspired by the Shift Happens deck, as so much of the jaw-dropping information which that presentation contains seems to strengthen The Case for the Librarian…

I can reupload an edited version of this to Slideshare at any time, so let me know if you have suggestions for further ideas about the value of us or our institutions, and I’ll see if I can explore them with additional slides.

I’ve created these slides to act as library advocacy, so obviously I’d love them to be seen outside of the echo chamber – if you can think of any way for me to achieve this, let me know! The deck is available under a Creative Commons licence via Slideshare, so please feel free to embed it anywhere you see fit – I can honestly say I’ve never put so much work into a bunch of slides, so I’d love to see it in as many places as possible…

Update: They’ve got on to the hot on Twitter section of Slideshare’s home page already, which is great! A mini #echolib escape – they are sure to be checked out by people who don’t normally view library stuff. I’m not on Facebook, but if people can get it in to the Hot On Facebook section too that would be amazing. :)

Update II: okay, that worked! Thank you – it got Hot on Facebook and Twitter at the same time, ensuring loads of non-library people will have seen it. It’s had over 3000 views in less than 36 hours – thanks for helping me promote it!

- thewikiman

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Library advocacy 2.0. Converting the Internet, one random stranger at a time

25 Feb

I decided to try some library advocacy of a new kind, today – I went to Omegle and took on some strangers. Omegle connects you to a random stranger, and when one of you disconnects that’s it, conversation over. So could I win over some people to the library cause..? The results are below – I have to say, at first it seemed too easy! Random Strangers love libraries, apparently. :)

Attempt 1: already loves libraries…

Omegle chat

Attempt 1

Attempt 2: I end up asking him more questions than he asked me…


Omegle chat

Attempt number 2.

Attempt 3: FINE DODGER!

Omegle chat 3

Attempt 3

Attempt 4: thewikiman fails to excite conversational partner

Omegle chat

Attempt 4

Attempts 5 and 6: surely SOME people don’t like libraries? Otherwise how come we’re in such crisis?


Omegle chat 5

Attempt 5

Omegle chat 6

Attempt 6

Attempt 7: It’s a tough sell, but someone has to step up to the plate. Censored for your own protection, he really was a filthy little man (or woman)

Omegle chat 7

Attempt 7

Attempt 8: finally, a conversion! This makes it all worthwhile…


Omegle conversion...

The 8th and final attempt. WOOF.


- thewikiman

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