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Hey everyone!

Thanks for sticking it out with me this past month. I’m sorry I haven’t gotten many posts in that are on a personal level and have just been posting the assignments for class. The last couple of weeks have been pretty hectic with me winding down one chapter of my life to start another. With that being said with my current class (the one I started this blog for) coming to an end I wanted to make sure you all knew that after my class assignment blog post this week I’m going to continue with this book blogging venture and I wanted to share some things with you…

GOOD NEWS! (Play Wicked’s Original Cast Good News here)

After nearly a decade working for the YMCA, I have now closed that chapter and starting a new chapter with Barnes & Noble as the new full-time Children’s Lead (one of the two)! I’m so excited to be getting this opportunity to be surrounded by my passion on a daily and be surrounded by so many similar minded people. If I’m honest I wish I would have started this job a year ago when I first moved to Tennessee; I would have had a much better feeling. The people I am lucky enough to work with at Barnes & Noble have been so helpful, caring, open, friendly, compassionate… I can go on with adjective but long story short is their great people. And I mean great like when I had to call out for an entire weekend because I had a bad episode with my anxiety and depression they didn’t just say “ok feel better soon” they asked what they could do to help, if there were anything they can do to help in case there’s a next time… good people. I’m so excited to be a part of this team, and I can’t wait to keep learning from them.

Now I know several people have been asking what about the kids? Am I going to miss them? Well, of course, I’m going to miss them, but fortunately for me, I was able to build some great relationships with their families over the past year at my last school and have exchanged contact information with them. Some of them have already been by to see me at the store, and I’ve made plans with others. I hope that someday soon I’ll be sharing some stories about them here and I hope you all enjoy them.

Well, I’ve got to update my bio and start thinking about what else I would like to add to my blog.

Thanks for reading!

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Promoting?

“Tooting my own horn” is something that I find it pretty hard to do in most instances. I’m not a big fan of talking about myself, probably because I don’t feel like I’ve accomplished what I’ve wanted to in life just yet. I do feel like when it comes to doing my future business known I’m going to have to do work to promote myself. As I discussed in my previous post (I’ll post the link below) all the social media pages I currently use allow me to encourage my pages for a small fee across their platforms. When it comes to promoting my future bookstore/library, I feel I would find it easier than pushing myself. I plan on having my programs be a stable of my community which would help me I have to do what it takes to make that happen.

I find using Instagram, and Facebook’s promotion tools for my accounts would be the most useful in my current situation. Being able to get online and fill out what I want for my promotion and how long as they do the rest. For me having such a busy schedule at the moment it’s the best way to get things done. In the past, I’ve been scrolling through my Instagram and see a post from accounts I didn’t follow and then see that they were promotions from that account. I can say that these promotions have definitely gotten me to click on pages, to websites and then to follow or even purchase products.

I also discuss in my previous post about tagging which I know has brought people to this page and my Instagram page as well. I think tagging has some skills to it for them to get traffic to the accounts. A person using tagging has to have consistency in their tags as well as diversity. Having consistency gives your current follows a sense of security knowing what they’re going to get from you while variety in your tags can bring new people to the bunch.

I think for myself in my current standing with media for The Tattooed Librarian I have been doing a good job promoting my pages on some formats. For the Tattooed Librarian, I have been using tags on Instagram getting more people but not so much on WordPress where it all started! I think I could also stand to give my pages some paid promotions to get a kickstart on things.

Would you guys like to see me do some more promoting?

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Library Digital Presence

I found doing this assignment to be very easy for me this week is that I grew up in the generation where all of these tools started. I use all five of the Web 2.0 tools I selected and feel that because I use them in my personal life that they would easily transfer into my library business life. Many of the tools I’ve chosen to use are not only tools that people have used to promote their businesses, but they’ve also used as platforms to gain popularity and fame.

Social Media

I first chose to use Instagram because it is an app that I use on my phone daily that I often find myself clicking on without even realizing what I’m doing. Instagram on a personal level is easy to use to show your followers what you’re up to whenever you feel like it, and the business accounts are just as easy to use. I recently made a business Instagram account to go along with the blog that was started for this class which I will go over later. My Instagram business account can be found under @the_tattooedlibrarian which allows my blog followers to make a connection with me already. Instagram’s business account is just as simple as a personal account but has some features that a person trying to promote a business may find success in using. One of my favorite parts about this account is being able to promote the page as a whole or promote a specific post. A business looking to promote something from their account has to select what they would like to promote, how long they want the promotion to go on and what audience they would like to reach. You then have to pay a small fee for the options you’ve chosen, and Instagram does the rest. This is great for small businesses to use because it allows them to reach broader audiences that most likely have not heard of hem and they would otherwise not reach. An Instagram account can be connected to Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr for the owner to share a post. I think that the use of Instagram for the bookstore/library that I would like to have in the future would benefit from all of the features that Instagram has to offer. It would allow me as the owner to have a simple way to share things happening in the store as well as allowing followers to have easy access to the information. I use it now to promote my blog, share my reading ventures and to share what’s happening at my Barnes & Noble.

I chose to also use Facebook as a Web 2.0 option for my bookstore/library. Facebook has been around longer than Instagram, and although I did have facebook first, I prefer to use Instagram. Facebook has many of the same features as Instagram but to me offers the option for more interaction with followers. On Facebook, a person can also make a business account and promote their page much like Instagram, but I feel that because more people are used to using Facebook one can reach more people. Facebook makes it easy as well to access on a computer as well as on apps. The reason I don’t like using Facebook as much is that of how “internet vocal” other users can be. Many Facebook users comment negatively on strangers posts and cause conflict among different users. For someone like me that tries to avoid conflict, this can become very discouraging. While I have also made a facebook business page to go along with my blog and Instagram I have not found myself to use it as much because of not wanting any backlash. When it comes to a Facebook business, I think that the hardest part would be making sure on some issues the page managers stay neutral and not make a post that may cause followers to be too upset. I think the long run use of a Facebook business accounts for a library can be beneficial to the library much like the use of Instagram with little conflict.

Pinterest is another Web 2.0 option I chose to look at for my bookstore/library. In my opinion, Pinterest is much like a photo blog that allows it’s users to access ideas for whatever they may be looking for easily. You often hear people say to check Pinterest because “Pinterest has everything.” In many ways, I have found this to be true for personal and work. I’ve often used Pinterest to figure out how to pair clothes for work, find activities for my kids in school and I recently used it to find new recipes for Thanksgiving meals. I don’t have any personal business experience with Pinterest, but I recently read the self-help book, Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis where she takes about how much her Pinterest account played such a significant role in making her who she is today. Because in my bookstore/library I plan on having community programs and a before/after school program I feel a Pinterest account would be a great way to help parents and guardians in the community get a good view on what we do in applications as well as some projects they can do at home. Pinterest is another program that can be accessed via the app as well as on the computer which makes it very user-friendly. Pinterest also connects to other social media platforms which makes me now want to create a Pinterest account that links to my other pages.

The use of Twitter for business has also shown to be a beneficial Web 2.0 tool. There are a countless amount of big business and people that use Twitter to reach their followers quickly. Many school districts like the one I work in uses twitter to make sure parents get last minute information that may have come up such as school closings due to weather. I find twitter to be easy to use as well; it’s very straightforward. Type in what you want to share and push send. I think twitter would be another Web 2.0 tool that would benefit my bookstore/library in the same way it helps the schools. I can reach my followers on twitter with quick reminders of events that day or if there has been an emergency. I know that there are several parents in the schools that really appreciate the use of daily twitter updates and I feel my patrons would as well. Twitter is another platform allows it’s users to connect to other media making it easy to use.

I wanted to discuss the use of blogs as a Web 2.0 tool. From what we have already learned in this class blogs are a great way to have companies reach out to like-minded people. To me, I feel like I have gone into a new world since I have been doing the blog for this class. I chose to use WordPress as my platform because I found it to be the easiest for me to use and it allows connection to other media. I’ve been able to make connections with people all over the world with my blog in such a short amount of time that I would have never connected to without the blog.

Finally, I wanted to discuss tagging because it has become such a big thing on every platform. Tagging for some platforms uses a hashtag (#) followed by words for phrases that relate to the post, and other platforms have to drop down boxes where you can type in tags to use for the post. Tags give people a way to search for different materials based on the words or phrases they type in. For instance, on my Instagram account, I often use the tag #bookblog, the people that are looking for book blogs will be able to search book blog and find my page. People also use different tags to tag wedding or event pictures so that when they all use the same tag, they can see photos from the same event. Tagging is also a way to make a term or phrase become popular potentially making yours well known. I foresee using tagging for my bookstore/library for events and for merely using the name of my store making it a common thing.

As far as my use of technology I feel that I have a great handle on using it for personal and for business. I think I am lucky to have grown up in a generation that started not having the internet accessible to everyone to then having it available to all. I also think it is beneficial that my age has invented many of the popular Web 2.0 tools that are being used today; therefore, they seem to be tailor-made for us. While I feel like I do have a good grip on what I currently need to use the tools for I could always use more knowledge. There are people out there doing better than I am with this and since that’s the case, I feel like why not learn from the best.

Other Tools:

Apper.in is another Web 2.0 tool that I can see myself using for my programs. Being able to creat a chat room where I can invite students an other patrons to come together to share ideas is a great idea. I think being able to post it on my blog about some controversial topic and get people to work together to discuss I would be able to make even better connections with people. It would be good to have with my bookstore/library patrons as well. The program seems like it is very easy to use and I have it bookmarked for future use.

Poll Junkie is another Web 2.0 tool I feel I could use for my bookstore/library programs online. This tool reminds me much of the poll tools that used to be available on MySpace back in the day. I like being able to have polls on my pages because that would be able to promote conversation among my followers as well. I would actually like to post a poll to be able to see what my followers are reading and if there are things that they would like me to post for their interest. This one seems to be an easy program to use as well and as far as for my bookstore/library it would be a good one to use for finding out what programs patrons like or want to use.

I chose to go with Grab Tube as another form of web tools to use because it is something that I have used in the past. Grab Tube is easy to use for embedding videos from YouTube onto blog post allowing your followers to see exactly what it is you want them to see. You’re given the option on how you want the file you’re trying to display to look which makes it a good tool to use to make sure your page looks the way you want it. Another good thing about this tool is that it is free which makes it nice for small business that are on low budgets. I think this could also benefit my library because I would be able to potentially use it for a homework club and post on the blog videos of math tutorials (obviously thinking about my students right now).

Because I talked about using Pinterest as a social media Web 2.0 tool I thought using Discovery Puzzle Maker would be a great tool for me to use. Using this tool to make puzzles for my students’ parents to access outside of my program can help parents to be more involved in their children’s activities. It can also give the child and parent a way to learn things together in a fun way. Kids these days seem to be on break for everything so having a puzzle-maker available would also be helpful for them to use when they are at home bored with nothing to do but get in trouble.

Free GifMaker is another Web 2.0 tool I think would be beneficial to use in my programs since I would like to have a lot of teen interest. Teens I currently have in my programs love talking about memes and gifs that they’ve seen on their social media pages. I think using the Free GifMaker in my programs would spark a big interest and get the teens more engaged in actives if they knew making their own gifs would be the outcome. The gifs they make (after parent permission has been given) can even be posted on the bookstore/library media pages which would potentially get more kids involved which is my ultimate goal.

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Show Me The Money

It’s week 3 of my EDU306 Library Programs & Services class, and many of you have been following since the beginning, and I thank you; for those of you just tuning in thank you as well. As I stated a couple of of-of of-of of-of posts back there are only two of us in this course, so I wanted to share the prompts and my part of the discussion as a blog post with you all to get more feedback and knowledge from those of you that have more experience than I. This week we’re looking at how our libraries, in my case bookstore/library, can find potential funding. As some of you know my dream goal is to open a children’s bookstore/library that predominantly serves underprivileged and potentially abused youth, because of this I know that I’m going to need all that help I can get with funding so… SHOW ME THE MONEY!

The Prompt:

• Describe how easy or difficult was it to locate three possible library grants.
• Explain the three you selected and why.
• Describe who is the funding source for each grant you selected (government, private, corporation, etc.). Did the source of the funding influence your decision to choose it?
• Discuss the essential components of an effective grant proposal.
• Explain how comfortable you are with the level of writing that is necessary for a successful grant proposal. What are your thoughts on using this funding source as a means to finance your library programs?

Because I am most likely going to need to get funding for my bookstore/library I took my time researching for this assignment. I went through every required and suggested resource given by my professor, Dr. Cowan, as well as did some research of my own. I found it pretty easy to find resources for how I would potentially fund my bookstore/library. I thought it very interesting to learn from our textbook that several donors will donate money for specific collections like just for children’s literature or for particular groups. The first funding source that I wanted to look at more in depth was, of course, Barnes & Noble.

Now that I have been made the Children’s Lead at the store book fairs are going to play a significant role in my life and can help me fund my store in the future. A Barnes & Noble Book fair is a corporation funded source isn’t like your average book fair where a company comes to the school and sets up the book for the kids to buy. Our book fairs are run at our store in partnership with the schools to help the school raise money. With whoever is running the school’s book fair with Barnes & Noble a book list will be set up. That book list can be books that are required reading all the way down the kids choice. The school will set up a date and time that the kids will come to the store to buy their books. It is up to the cool to promote and get their students to attend the book fair at the store. At the end of the allotted time, a portion of the money that has been made from the sale of books to their students will be given to the school. I think this is a great way to raise funds for the school and promote literacy within their schools.

Because I plan on working with low-income students, I looked at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. This foundation gives people looking for grants a way to search for gifts that are based on their programs area of need. I liked the idea of applying for grants with this organization because since I don’t know exactly what area of need my library will be in or where my library will be. It is nice to know that there are organizations that have such open eligibility. Through this foundation, there are thousands of options for libraries to apply for their programs.

Another grant I found interesting was Inspire Special Event Grant from the American Association of School Libraries. Although I would probably not use this grant for my program, I liked the idea of there being grants to fund event in middle and high schools. In my experience programs for older kids have been getting left behind which doesn’t allow those children to maintain a healthy literacy. I love that this grant is also for publicly funded school which often fall behind in the education systems across America.

From what I learned in the textbook (which was a lot) some specifics are most important in applying for a grant. The first thing was to do your research before applying for the grant. Doing your research can can be include web searching, writing inquiry letters and making phone calls to get all the information you might need. Another good tip to use before applying for a grant is attending workshops on how to do them. I think for me this would probably be the best step in order to make sure I can do things the right way. Another thing I think was a good tip was to be prepared to fail. Applying for grants is a lot of work and people from all over apply for them and may need the funding more.

As far as my writing I feel that I write pretty well however when it comes to grant writing I am not sure. I have never written a grant or had to write anything for funding a program so I would need help in that area. I think in order to feel comfortable with writing for a grant I would need to go to a workshop and get help. I wouldn’t start trying to apply for a grant until I felt comfortable with at least the basics of the writing.

I am looking forward to continuing to learn more about funding my library, and I hope I can get what I need for my bookstore/library through out the time.

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Specialized Programs

The Nashville Public Library has dozens of programs and services that are offered for the community. Some of my favorite programs offered are directed towards youth to build literacy and to the teens to help prepare them for life. Throughout my research, for this blog post, I found my favorite specialized program to be for the teens. The program that is offered for the teens is called Studio NPL. In this program the students from ages of 12-18 use technology as their primary source of learning. In the program, the students are being prepared to live in our 21-century technology world. Studio NPL uses one of my favorite programs STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Math) and digital literacy to help prepare them for careers in the future. My favorite thing about this program is that it allows students to be able to explore all of their passions and figure out what paths they would like to go down. I feel that having a program like Studio NPL would be a good fit for a library program I would personally build because like I’ve stated before I feel like teens tend to get left behind in the literary world. I think this program would be great in a low-income community that I plan to serve because it can help those children prepare themselves to be confident enough to get themselves out of bad situations.

While researching other libraries I found a library in Colorado that offers teens volunteer and career opportunities. I know there are other libraries that do this as well but it’s just like how cool is that to be able to teach them so young on how to work… My first job in high school was a bookstore and look where I am now! This would be another great program to have in my bookstore/library especially if I have kids grow up in my programs from a young age. Another library I looked at has a specialized area for the teens to visit. Like stated in another post a parent told me one of the things she wished the library had was a better vibe for her daughter as she gets older. I agree with having libraries have areas that are more inviting to teens to transition them from the children’s department to the adults. Like I’ve said a million times over we’re supposed to be promoting a lifetime of learning and literacy so to me these programs fit the missions of the libraries.

What do you guys think? What are some of your favorite specialized programs offered at your libraries and what would you like to see?

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Library Services

List three programs and three services that are not offered by your library that you find interesting. These do not have to be core programs or services.
Do you think these programs and services would be good additions to the programs and services offered by your library? Why or why not?
How do they support the mission and goals of your library?
Again this week we are discussing the library we chose at the start of the class. As a refresher, I’m looking at the Nashville Public Library. I was initially looking at just the main branch, but in my research, I found that programs and services offered by the library can be provided at different branches throughout the county. Because I don’t frequent the library and I’ve been able to find everything that I need from them I decided to reach out to my coworkers to see what their thoughts were.

One of the people was thinking along the lines of her daughter and what she would like to see for her. She recalled growing up here and having more programs in the library that was for younger kids but still appealed to them as they got older. She explained to me that the library’s branch that she visits children’s section has tiny tables and is decorated to be more appealing to toddlers. I find it interesting that the library doesn’t have more of a diverse children’s section but I can understand if they are serving more of a younger population. I do think that it would be a service that would be an excellent addition to the library. I think having that option would directly be in line with the library’s mission, “Inspire Reading, Advance Learning, and Connect our Community.”

After speaking with her, I decided to look more into what options may or may not be available for teens at the library. I found that while the library does have some pretty cool programs for the teens in the community, however, there aren’t many options along the like of literacy within the public library itself. I think if they offered some program as I participated in called Books Buddies. In Book Buddies high school volunteers read books with elementary school students for an hour helping them learn to read. This program to me helps build a community, helps promote literacy in young children and teens as well as advanced learning.

Another person I spoke with discussed with me that while her branch offers a book club the hours an inconvenient. Having a book club with more hours available for patrons will most likely get more people to be interested in participating. I think if this were available it would be in line with the libraries mission on connecting to the community. Book clubs have often given people opportunities to connect with like-minded people as well as people that may have different views from them. I feel like in the long run this ultimately has a positive impact on the community.

Again please comment and give me feed back.

 

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Virtual Trust.

Okay, so here we are in Week 2 of my EDU 306 Library Programs & Services class, and I’m feeling pretty good. I’d like to first start by saying thank you to those of you around the world (shocked I can say that) that have been reading, sharing, following and commenting on my previous post. I hope this continues and grows with me. 

Because my current class only has a whopping two students, myself and one other person, I thought it would be helpful for my learning to start including the prompt for the discussion in the post. I think this would be a great way to get conversations going between my readers as well as help me to learn how more people feel about the subjects. So… COMMENT AND DISCUSS WITH ME PLEASE!

THE PROMPT: 

• Explain how you would go about building virtual trust and some of the positive outcomes that may result from the creation of a virtual trust.

• Discuss how you would handle a young patron who breaks your virtual trust by posting inappropriate comments.

• Describe what you would do about an adult posting inappropriate comments. Would you treat their transgression differently?

If you’ve been following me, you’d know that before this assignment I’ve already started building virtual trust with my followers by creating Instagram and Twitter accounts to go along with this blog. I feel like the way communication among people is set up today having various social media accounts for your business can be very beneficial to you and your customers. We are in the technology age where we seemingly crave for our answers to come instantly. I feel that majority of people want to be able to grab their phones and search what their local library has to offer before showing up and trying to figure it out and having the answers they want or need is them trusting in your service. The most positive outcome I can see from this is having people want to visit you more which in turn can make a powerful impact on the community. “The first, most important part of setting up an organizational social media channel is not your banner, the color scheme you use, or the images displayed on your social media page. It’s the content.” (King, 2015) To me, this shows how your patrons will trust you on your media accounts based on your content first. They’re going to worry about what the page looks like after they know they can get information from you. 

With that trust your patrons get from you you’ll also have to have trust in them. When it comes to handling a young patron’s inappropriate comments or post, I would most likely start with removing the comments and moving on rather than make things escalate. If the behavior continued, depending on the context, I would potentially give an educated response informing them of the misconduct and hoping it would improve. In the case that it did not improve, I would go on with the removal of the young person from the site. When it comes to adults, I would handle the situation differently. I would probably not go down the route of ignoring the initial comments but instead, try to have a conversation with that person on why they would make the comments they did. If the comments did not go along the way of a productive educational discussion, I would then go to removing the person from the site as well. I could be biased on the bases that I don’t have a very high tolerance for adults, and I work with kids. I also feel that as an adult making the comments, you should know better and act more appropriately which would make my transgressions worsens.  

Okay… Well, that’s that. What Do you all think? How do you feel about my opinions on each topic? Comment and let me know. 

Week 2: Discussion 3 will be posted shortly so keep a look out for that too!

Bibliography

King, D. L. (2015). How to Connect with and Communicate with Customers. Library Technology Reports, 51(1), 16–21. Retrieved from http://library.ashford.edu/EzProxy.aspx?url=http://search.ebscohost.com.proxy-library.ashford.edu/login.aspx?direct=true&AuthType=ip,cpid&custid=s8856897&db=a9h&AN=100279060&site=ehost-live

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