Thursday, December 23, 2004

Things To Do When You're Stuck Inside

Stuck inside with the winter weather blues? Why not:

1. Check the Linkrank of your library's blog, your blog, or any URL. [via Micro Persuasion]

2. Read some ideas from academic and public libraries at Library Media and PR. The suggestions include sending personal letters to kids during the summer reading program and welcoming students with a letter from their personal librarian (for some examples of similar letter sent by the University of Dayton's librarians see the OhioLINK Marketing Toolkit's Idea Gallery).

3. Consider some new entrepreneurial efforts to raise money for the library. Read Beth Dempsey's article "Cashing In On Service" in the Library Journal (November 1, 2004. Volume 29, issue 18, p. 38) for some inspiration. I really wish a library in the area would launch a program like Kern County Public Library's (CA) Pennies for Periodicals. (hint, hint Columbus Metropolitan)

4. Use Google to check for online plagiarists. (Ok, if you're a librarian you probably way ahead on this one I know.) [via Contentious]

5. Check out Amy Gahran's series Online Media Outreach: 10 Ways to Meet Journalists Needs Online. She's finished the series since I last linked to it.

6. Create a Read poster for your library (or perhaps Research if you work at an academic library). See some examples from the Todd Wehr Memorial Library and several OhioLINK libraries.

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