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#ColorOurCollections

sunflower to colorWhat fun! A growing list of libraries, archives and museums are creating coloring pages for the #ColorOurCollections event running from Feb 1 to 5.

Started by the New York Academy of Medicine and the Biodiversity Heritage Library there are over 50 organizations participating. So many fabulous images to print and color!

Follow the twitter hashtag #ColorOurCollections for links to images.

 

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Update (Feb 9, 2016) For more on this project and links to some of the coloring books available for printing:

 

Online Signing for The Declaration for the Right to Libraries

The Declaration for the Right to Libraries

You can now sign the Declaration for the Right to Libraries online?  Have you signed?  Is your library holding a signing event? Have you put the the logo and link on your web site, facebook page, other community sites, etc?

What is the Declaration for the Right to Libraries?

The Declaration for the Right to Libraries is the cornerstone document of ALA President Barbara Stripling’s presidential initiative, Libraries Change Lives, which is designed to build the public will and sustained support for America’s right to libraries of all types – academic, special school and public.

In the next year, libraries of all types will hold signing ceremonies, during which (more…)

Marketing Genius from Gwyneth Jones

Love the tips for marketing your library in this presentation by Gwyneth Jones, The Daring Librarian. Practice your Lady Gaga moves and market your library.

 

(via: Who Needs a Librarian When You Have Google?)

Jetpack Carousel

Just a quick test of the updated Carousel slide show feature in Jetpack.  Click on any thumbnail to go to the Carousel powered slide show.  Carousel turns any standard WordPress photo gallery into a full screen, easy to browse slide show. Viewers can leave comments on individual images and EXIF data can be included if desired.

These are a few of the photos that I took during a visit to the Sello Library in Espoo, Finland in May 2012.

Heading to Helsinki?

A number of friends and colleagues are among the many lucky library folks heading to Helsinki this week for the IFLA World Library and Information Congress. I wish I could be among them. I’ve had two nice long visits to Helsinki in recent years, most recently for 2 weeks this past May. It’s a lovely city, big enough to be cosmopolitan and full of variety, but not overwhelming and exhausting. For me, it’s a “just right” kind of city. And it’s just a short train or bus ride to get out to the countryside, the lakes and the shore. Though I’m certainly not an expert on Helsinki, I wanted to share a some of my experiences & tips.

First, starting at the airport – visit the airport book swap room (Terminal 2, second floor, next to gate 27) and pick up or drop off a book. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to fill the place full of books from librarians all over the world. And maybe with a label of some sort that promotes libraries?

Bicycle lanes – Finns take their bike lanes seriously.  You should too.  If you’re an exhausted, jet-lagged tourist, dazzled by all the sunshine and find yourself walking down a bicycle stenciled portion of the street, (more…)

Cycling for Libraries: Rolling in to Tallinn

The hardy Cycling for Libraries riders are just about done with their journey. If I’ve counted the days right, they should be rolling into Tallinn, Estonia today (Tuesday Aug 8) after cycling for 10 days and 600 km!

Here’s one of their daily videos. Many more available on Kirjastokaista