What is your library to you? Save NYC Libraries has a great social media campaign going which collects and shares the stories of everyday people who need/want/work in/utilize/or otherwise love the library in all kinds of different ways. Read them all here. And if you have your own story to tell you can do so my submitting it here. You can also chose to allow Save NYC Libraries to use your story for library advocacy purposes. Why? Because our stories make the libraries real for lawmakers and funders.


The Stereogranimator


Happy Friday! I highly encourage you to play with The Stereogranimator, The New York Public Library’s new website which allows patrons to create their own animated files or 3-D images from the Library’s collection of stereographs, a popular 19th Century photo format. The web project gives this important, historic medium new life, and also highlights the work of NYPL patron Joshua Heineman, who started creating his own moving images from Library stereograms as an art project for his blog.

Listen & Play With Victor Talking Machine Company Audio Files via The National Jukebox!

Image: Library of Congress
The Library of Congress (and Sony Music) have created The National Jukebox, historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. The National Jukebox features more than 10,000 recordings made by the Victor Talking Machine Company between 1901 and 1925 as well as playlists compiled by Library of Congress curators, project partners, and guest experts from audio selections available on the website.
Want to have some fun? Create your own playlist! Listeners can compile a group of recordings that they think will be of interest to others, describe it, and send it to LC. For existing playlists and further instructions on how to submit, go to http://www.loc.gov/jukebox/playlists

Cards from the Library Catalogs – Want some?


The Library Staff at the Brooklyn Museum has developed an Online Catalog and is now inviting you (yes you) to breathe new life into the old catalog cards. Contact them at Library@BrooklynMuseum.org if you wish to visit and take some of the cards with minimal strings attached (you must report back to show them what you created with the cards). Keith Duquette‘s creation (below) is brilliant!

Keith DuQuette, Library Preservation Associate at the Brooklyn Museum, has created some wonderful “bookshelves” from the cards which are sold for the benefit of the Library.

Want more? See more card catalog art here!

Library Sleevefacing!


According to Sleeveface.com, a sleeveface is “one or more persons obscuring or augmenting any part of their bodies with record sleeve(s) causing an illusion.”

Armed with vinyl and inspiration, Bowling Green State University’s Music Library and Sound Recordings Archives started sleevefacing to promote the library and bring awareness to its collection… and is now challenging others to do the same. Anyone can enter! Keep in mind that there is a “Library Use Only” rule – all sleevefaces must be photographed in a library of some kind. Fun!!!

I’m Too Sexy For My Library: The New Old Spice Campaign Ad Advocates for Libraries


In what is definitely one of the more creative social media ad campaigns I’ve seen lately, users log on to Twitter, Facebook, or Reddit and send a question or a comment to one of the official Old Spice feeds. If the Old Spice folks like your submission, they’ll upload a video response to YouTube, starring the Old Spice Guy, also known as Isiah Mustafa – a former wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks. This one was made in response to a tweet (thanks wawoodworth!):

On Twitter, @wawoodworth wrote “ATTN LIBRARIAN TWEEPS: Need help getting @oldspice guy to say a few words regarding libraries. RT plz. Thanks.”