Tuesday, February 10, 2009

NJ State Library Uses Storytelling

What an amazing use of stories from the New Jersey State Library in partnership with the New Jersey Library Association. The overview of the project begins by saying:

"Bring your library to life with a story.
The New Jersey State Library is partnering with the New Jersey Library Association to launch a statewide campaign for libraries to collect stories and create multimedia pieces that will portray libraries as transformative and librarians as people in the community who are passionate and involved in the community and making a difference."

I just can't get over the creativity of this project. Plus, they have incorporated TONS of Social Media ideas/applications into the concept. Just look at the "Stay Connected" area of the sidebar on the NEWS page. I see Gmail, Facebook, LinkedIN and Twitter (though it must be a work in progress as not all of the links work yet).

The link for Librarians takes you to a TON of resources (links at top of page) including workshops to tell you how to do all of this stuff. I love the simplicity of the site, the clean look, it's just the basics and all of the tools you need to make it happen.

Plus INCENTIVE - a contest with an amazing prize. I'll tell you, the people who put this together have been watching and learning all of the social media trends and it looks to me like they took all of the best practices and joined them all together in a wonderful way to promote libraries through community.

CLAP, CLAP, CLAP, CLAP, CLAP!!! That's all I can say!


Stacey said...

I was lucky enough to hear a presentation on this very initiative at PaLA - it was the best library-related talk I've ever attended. You would have loved it, Stephanie!

Stephanie Zimmerman said...

Cool Stacey - maybe I can find it online somewhere if they recorded it!