Thursday, September 20, 2007

Good Stuff Worth Sharing

Marketing-ish Think piece: Harry Beckwith's 40 tidbits on what motivates people. Beckwith is the author of the great Selling the Invisible: A Field Guide to Modern Marketing (a must-read) and other marketing books.

Inspiration: Randy Pausch's Lecture of a Lifetime and Jeff Zaslow's article and video about it.

Media relations tip: Publicity Hound Joan Stewart says you should pitch your Halloween stories now. Did you give local reporters your list of library activities?

Creative library opening idea: Taking pictures of patrons and their favorite books is a fabulous way to celebrate a library grand opening. Especially if the photos look as fantastic as the black and white photos taken by photojournalist Todd Mizener at the Moline (Illinois) Public Library's opening

Thursday, September 13, 2007

SPARC's Mind Mashup Video Contest

Speaking of videos, during some video contest research (cough *stay tuned* cough) I stumbled upon the SPARC Discovery Awards Competition. Videos should "demonstrate or illustrate what you see as the value of sharing information, ideas and knowledge." The winner will receive $1,000 and a "fabulous Sparky Award statuette." Two runners up will each get $500.

Videos must be two minutes or shorter and are due by December 2, 2007. The contest is open to anyone not working SPARC or ARL (or living with someone who works at either organization).

The winning videos will be publicly screened at the ALA Midwinter. That just clinched it right? I see you running off to start filming.