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Happy May Day!

We're delivering your May Basket virtually... in the form of a newsletter. The May TechSoup for Libraries newsletter was emailed to subscribers earlier today.

Stories + Data = Powerful Message

I spent the last couple of days in beautiful Telluride, Colorado at the R-Squared conference. I'll be blogging about various sessions and ideas over the next week, but thought I would start by sharing a video that was played during the opening session of the conference. Libraries: A Digital Bridge was created by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and is an inspiring 4-minute look at the powerful role computers in libraries play in communities.

Helping libraries advocate: the LibrariUS Project

Recently, I had the great pleasure of talking to Annie Anderson of the LibrariUS project, a collaborative effort of American Public Media's Public Insight Network, ALA, and PLA. The LibrariUS Project is a noble endeavor to promote local stories about libraries in the media and to provide libraries with local content--feedback--about how their libraries are being used. Libraries can use these stories to bolster their advocacy efforts, to complement usage data, and to augment or modify services.

Stories are powerful: share them!

You have stories to tell. You do! Consider this: have you ever said, "boy, we really messed up," or "this software doesn't work well for us," or "this is how we fixed this bad situation." If you can relate to any of these scenarios, we'd like to hear from you. Sometimes the most valuable and useful stories are tales of challenges, not successes (although we like those, too!). We'd love to share your stories--good or bad--so that librarians can learn from your experiences. Please get in touch with us.

Notes from a great conference: Library Technology 2011

A couple weeks ago, I had the immense honor of keynoting for the Library Technology Conference at Macalester College in St. Paul. I attended the entire conference (it was most excellent!), and learned so much (more on that later). In my keynote, I talked about the power of a good tech story, which inevitably turned into a storytelling yarn, where I shared some of the highlights of what we're hearing from libraries. Here's a few good stories...

Add Your Story To ALA's 2009 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study

The ALA Public Information Office and the Office for Research & Statistics are preparing to release the 2009 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study on Tuesday, September 15, and are seeking "real-life" stories to include as part of a pitch focusing on increased library use - including technology use - particularly for job-seeking and e-government.
There are a few different ways that you might be able to be part of the national pitch:

A day in the life of a librarian

 Bobbi Newman, Librarian by Day, sparked interesting conversation and action with her recent blog entry, encouraging librarians to describe a day in their professional life. Lori Reed and others have taken off with this idea and have created a wiki to help track the activities. Some people have already posted a log of their daily activity.