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Armchair BEA: Fostering Relationships You Might Not Have Thought About: 05/26/11

Armchair BEA logo - designed by yours trulyToday we are supposed to talk about a relationship we've formed with "particular publisher, author, blogger, or bookstore." Instead of doing that, I'm going to ask you to think beyond the traditional publishing focused bubble of the book blogosphere and think about other book or blogging related relationships you can form.

Book bloggers have two things in common: a love of reading and an understanding of "Web 2.0" technologies. There are other book lovers out there who want to embrace blogs, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, phone aps and whatnot but might not have the resources to do it. I'm talking about libraries, schools, adult literacy groups, book clubs and so forth.

If you have time to volunteer and if your local library (or friends of the library association) or school (etc) is willing to partner with you, you could help them set up a book blog, Facebook page or similar. Ask them what they need, what their time frame is and maybe you could find a new venue to share your love of reading and blogging.

I am currently in a virtual library school setting taking classes on the computer and using web technology to complete my degree. But even in this setting, there is a lot of talk about what Web 2.0 but no so much on how or why to use it. Last year I did a research paper on libraries who use blogs and RSS feeds and was shocked to find that there is very little understanding on how blogs can (or should be) used in a library setting. Maybe as book bloggers we can help bridge that gap.

With budgets being slashed at public libraries and public schools wider and wider gaps are being covered through donations of time and money. Grassroot efforts can make all the difference. So if you have the time and like working with people, why not give it a try?

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Comment #1: Thursday, May, 26, 2011 at 01:21:02

Brodie

What a great idea! I've never really considered this before. Thanks for planting that seed in my head. I love helping to support my local library, I often donate any books I no longer want or double up on. They're so nice and appreciative, so this is an awesome idea. Great post!



Comment #2: Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 14:13:12

Pussreboots

I'm glad you like my post. I'm sure they'd appreciate your help.



Comment #3: Thursday, May, 26, 2011 at 01:36:20

Chachic

What an excellent idea! If we had good public libraries here in the Philippines, I'd probably be a frequent borrower so I wouldn't mind helping them out with web stuff if I could.



Comment #4: Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 14:19:13

Pussreboots

If not a library, maybe there's another local connection you can make that blends your love of books and your knowledge of social networking.



Comment #5: Thursday, May, 26, 2011 at 01:36:32

Jennifer

Brilliant and timely post. Our school district decided to eliminate all librarians to save money.



Comment #6: Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 14:22:13

Pussreboots

The district is short changing the kids with that cut. It's a darn shame.



Comment #7: Thursday, May, 26, 2011 at 07:18:38

booksNyarn

Hear, hear!

I work for a library network and my main duty is to deal with Web 2.0 (is it even THAT by now?) and new technology and support patron services. I love how much it can be leveraged to support our member libraries, but of course cannot do it all. Many are faced with not having the staff or funds to do it either, so volunteering is a wonderful call. Thanks for this post.



Comment #8: Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 14:25:42

Pussreboots

Web 2.0 is a tricky term. It was coined in 1999 but popularized in 2005. So we're either in the early days of Web 3.0 or halfway through 2.0.



Comment #9: Thursday, May, 26, 2011 at 09:37:22

Jenna

Wow, this is a great idea! Thanks for sharing!



Comment #10: Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 14:29:33

Pussreboots

I'm glad you liked it.



Comment #11: Thursday, May, 26, 2011 at 11:41:18

joemmama

Great idea, one I would not have thought of, but a terrific idea indeed.



Comment #12: Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 14:30:14

Pussreboots

I'm happy you liked my post.



Comment #13: Thursday, May, 26, 2011 at 12:11:49

lisa

great idea! thanks for the suggestion and for reminding people the importance of connecting with schools and libraries.



Comment #14: Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 14:33:21

Pussreboots

Thanks.



Comment #15: Thursday, May, 26, 2011 at 12:12:39

Chrisbookarama

I volunteer at my daughter's school library. The kids are such fun!



Comment #16: Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 14:34:21

Pussreboots

Good for you. I will be volunteering in the fall.



Comment #17: Thursday, May, 26, 2011 at 12:27:22

Jenn

I still get a majority of my books that I read and review from the library. I would be lost without the lovely ladies who work there. They also run the bookclub that I am a part of. I wish more people realized the importance of libraries.



Comment #18: Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 14:35:22

Pussreboots

I would be lost too without the people both staff and volunteers at my local library.



Comment #19: Thursday, May, 26, 2011 at 13:34:54

Wayzgoose

These are great sentiments and an apt means of really generating good relationships. It isn't always about what we get as about who we help. Thnx!



Comment #20: Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 14:38:33

Pussreboots

Yes exactly. Well said.



Comment #21: Thursday, May, 26, 2011 at 14:17:20

Notorious Spinks

This is a great idea. I'll have to reach out to my local library. Ummmm!



Comment #22: Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 14:43:41

Pussreboots

Good luck!



Comment #23: Thursday, May, 26, 2011 at 15:54:45

Smash Attack

I think this is a great idea!



Comment #24: Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 14:44:55

Pussreboots

Thank you.



Comment #25: Thursday, May, 26, 2011 at 17:24:23

heidenkind

I like this post! I am also surprised at how few libraries utilize blogging, or even have a department dedicated to making their resources more internet-accessible. Volunteering to improve your library's website is a great idea.



Comment #26: Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 14:45:12

Pussreboots

In my case, I hope to be interning. I just have one more class to finish before I can. But I also plan to get more active in the Friends of the Library too.



Comment #27: Thursday, May, 26, 2011 at 20:00:42

Kris

Great idea! Nice to "meet" you through the Armchair BEA!



Comment #28: Friday, May 27, 2011 at 10:03:00

Pussreboots

Nice to meet you too.



Comment #29: Thursday, May, 26, 2011 at 23:54:21

Michelle

What an excellent suggestion! I know that I shared my learnings with my son's literacy teacher, who has incorporated Web 2.0 into her own classroom. I like the idea of volunteering at the library. You just gave me some food for thought.



Comment #30: Friday, May 27, 2011 at 10:04:35

Pussreboots

Good luck with your continuing volunteer efforts. It sounds like you have it lots of great ideas!



Comment #31: Friday, May, 27, 2011 at 00:08:26

Alison

Great comment on how to use the library to connect with blogging.



Comment #32: Friday, May 27, 2011 at 10:05:00

Pussreboots

Thank you.



Comment #33: Friday, May, 27, 2011 at 00:23:44

Kai Charles

great post. I don't volunteer at my library I need to look into that. I do however give them tons of Arcs and book swag :)



Comment #34: Friday, May 27, 2011 at 10:06:02

Pussreboots

I give my library lots of books too. I know that my library gets a significant portion of its electronics budget from the donated books sold at the library shop. Every bit helps.



Comment #35: Friday, May, 27, 2011 at 04:06:00

Rachel

What a great idea. I've been trying to help out a family member who is a librarian with a blog they are trying to get going, but it's rather underdeveloped. I'm not a technology expert but would certainly love to work with them to get their blog more viewer-friendly.

Fantastic idea!



Comment #36: Friday, May 27, 2011 at 10:06:02

Pussreboots

You don't have to be an expert to help but I also bet that you know more than you think you do. Good luck with your volunteer work!



Comment #37: Friday, May, 27, 2011 at 17:44:56

Lucybird

This is a great idea. I can't say I'm very knowledgeable in HTML so I don't know how much help I would be to my local library, my blog is set up using very basic customisations which come with the blogging software, although maybe even my knowledge of that could help



Comment #38: Saturaday, May 28, 2011 at 21:36:14

Pussreboots

You don't have to be an expert to help.



Comment #39: Friday, May, 27, 2011 at 21:41:14

Penelope

What a fantastic idea! I never thought about this, but am now intrigued!



Comment #40: Saturaday, May 28, 2011 at 21:38:14

Pussreboots

Good luck.