Sunday, April 21, 2013

Show Me the Awesome: 30 Days of Self-Promotion

One of the big things that's been talked about in the library blogosphere over the last year or so has been recognition. Over the course of ALA, Liz Burns, Sophie Brookover and myself had a discussion about what we could do to allow people a chance to talk up some of their thoughts on the topic of self promotion or even more specifically, talk up the things they want to promote about the work they're doing.

Thus, Show Me The Awesome: 30 Days of Self-Promotion was born.

During the month of May, library/librarian type bloggers are being welcomed to join in by posting about anything relating to self-promotion, be it a project they've worked on they love or be it talking about the topic of self-promotion itself. We've already reached out to a number of folks we'd love to participate, but because we want a post each day through the month, we're opening it up even further to those who want to join in. 

Here's the official pitch and details. We hope you consider participating or pass along the invite to those who might be interested:

This is your opportunity to share with the broader library community what you’ve got going on that you’re especially proud of. What we’re looking for: briefly, your best foot forward! This can mean actual things you are doing in your library and community. It can also mean discussing the greater ideas of promotion and self-promotion and what they mean. How can we effectively promote ourselves and librarianship itself -- both within the field and with those outside the field?

This idea grows out of the broader conversation in librarianship about gender, different areas of librarianship and how they are recognized and honored in our field as a whole. We want to recognize and celebrate ALL areas of librarianship as they are practiced now: urban, suburban, rural, big libraries & small, in children’s, YA, adult and technical services, in academia or museums, in schools and public libraries, on budgets ranging from shoestring to Kardashian (hey, we can dream!).

What are you doing that is interesting, unique, innovative, practical and helpful in your community? What do you wish more people knew about you & your library? What do you hope to bring to the profession in the next five years? Ten? Twenty?

We’re reaching out to a variety of library bloggers, both to share their thoughts on the topic and to cross-promote Show Me The Awesome beyond any one area of librarianship. We’re hoping that the academic library blog readers will find useful insights from and make great connections with the children’s librarian blogs, and vice-versa. Likewise, we’d like to open this up to anyone you may think could be interested, as well. If you have a suggestion for a librarian we should approach, please let us know and we will get in touch with them.

So. Are you interested? Sure you are! What’s involved, you ask?

  • It’s pretty simple: agree to write a post that you will publish in May. Sophie will be the grand organizer of what goes up when; so if you prefer a certain day or date, leave it in the form.

  • Use the handy, chic banner image, which we will provide.

  • Include a link to the introductory explanation of what Show Me The Awesome will be about; we’ll provide the links. Both Liz and Kelly will be writing up intro posts, so you can link to one, or to both, if you’re a completist that way.

  • If you decide to tweet about this, we will be using the hashtag #30awesome

In addition to hosting the introductory posts, Liz and Kelly will publish daily posts linking to your individual posts, as well as a wrap-up post once the series concludes.

Thank you for your time and consideration. Let’s....be awesome! Together.

And if you missed the link to the form, go here. It is easy and painless. We want to know what you're doing and what you're thinking.

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