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* Thursday, March 3, 2005

Libraries Matter Steps It Up Another Notch

Remember a few weeks ago when I highlighted Libraries Matter, a wristband campaign started by the Alliance Library System here in Illinois? Well, since that time, they've been quite busy. Not only do they now have a Libraries Matter blog with an RSS feed, but they've also added a separate Libraries Matter Gallery photoblog with an RSS feed. Even better, there is now a Libraries Matter Podcast!

"All libraries matter, and none more than school libraries. They hold our very future. Researcher Keith Curry Lance recently released the results of a study showing the direct impact of school libraries on academic achievement. Listen to an exclusive interview with Keith as he discusses his findings."

One of the ideas I've been pushing lately is using blogs to humanize libraries, speaking in what I call "the key of we" instead of in the third person. These are excellent examples, and I'm impressed that ALS gets it so well. Nicely done.

On a side note, the only one of my member libraries to have joined the wristband campaign so far is the Palos Heights Public Library (go Elaine!), and luckily they've agreed to send me a few bands when their batch arrives. The Lance Armstrong wristbands plus a bunch of knockoffs are all the rage at the kids' schools right now, so I can't wait to sneak in some library ones. Thanks, PHPL! :-)

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