22 September 2006


YouTube is the most popular video-sharing website. Searching for “librarian” or “librarians,” I found nearly 200 videos. (Searching for “library” produces over 2900 hits, but I found that most are of high school kids just goofing around.) There are two that are especially good and could be duplicated or emulated by any librarian.

1. The adventures of super librarian. This short video was made by the McCracken County Public Library in Paducah, Kentucky. The description reads: “Faster than free internet, More powerful than a stack of reference books, Protector of Knowledge and Free Entertainment.” It is cute and provides a good image of librarians.

2. Ray of Light, St. Joseph County Public Library Version. “This video was created for library staff in service day at the St. Joseph County Public Library in South Bend, Indiana by Dale Kerkman, Bob Lewandowski, Michael Stephens and Adam Tarwacki. Set to Madonna's [song] Ray of Light and inspired by the video of the song, this video details a day in the life of a thriving public library system, highlighting the faces and places that make the library the library.” Stephens said that it was designed to show the staff and public that the entire staff is important in providing service to library customers. It is well done, if a bit long. You could do something similar to show your customers all that you do and introduce your staff (if you have one).

URL: http://www.youtube.com

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