Your LOTY story
Have you all been following #libraryoftheyear on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, et al? In our social media campaign for LOTY, I’m trying to capture some insight into the people and the relationships that define our library. Our customers are LOVING it. But I’m only one person, and can only go interview/shoot one or two library staff people per week to feature online, and that’s frustrating. I want you all to contribute.
So, gimme your stories.
- Tell me about a time the scales fell from your eyes while you helped a customer, and you learned something more about yourself or about compassion or about why your job is important.
- Tell me something funny that happened at work that still conjures a smile when you think about it (appropriate or inappropriate – I’m a big girl and an editor, so I want all of it).
- Tell me why you wanted to work here in the first place and what makes you get up every day and return here again and again. Or why you come here even when it’s your day off.
This is what Linda told me: “Recently, a man came in who was having family in town from abroad. He only had a short time window to visit with this family member, and it was important to him that they watch a particular movie together. I was able to help him find the movie. Sometimes it’s just the little things.”
Yes! Everyone has a little story to tell, and that’s why our customers are sitting up and paying attention when we allow our Humans of the LOTY to tell their little stories – because they identify with those stories and feel a connection.
Send me an email or comment here if you want everyone to see. No story is too little or too long. For real. No hesitation; just do it!
What am I going to do with your stories? As I mentioned above, I can’t cover every staff member with a feature on social media, because, impossible. But I want to put together an epic post/article/something documenting your stories. And I’d like to eke them out over time in tweets and grams and posts.
A couple more dispatches for you today that are mostly unrelated:
- I will probably refer to you as a librarian even if you aren’t one, and this is because Diana believes – and rightly so, I think – that most customers don’t discern between whether a person who works with the public at the library has an MLS or not. We are all “librarians” in the eyes of the public. We could work to educate the public that there are actually different types of library workers with different levels of education and experience, but we’d rather continue to work to get people to attend events and check out stuff.
Recently I had lunch with my 7-year-old son at his school and he proudly announced to his friends, “This is my mom. She’s a librarian!” and all these little kids crowded around me to tell me their little library stories. I wasn’t going to correct him. Yeah, I let a bunch of 7 & 8-year-olds think I was a librarian for a minute. I felt like a total rock star.
2. Now that we have BiblioCommons, I’d love it if y’all would tout yourselves a bit more. Add a link to your BC profile in your signature, like so:
email@example.com | 785-580-4487 | Follow me on the catalog!
Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
1515 SW 10th Avenue, Topeka, KS 66604
2016 Library of the Year
Or put it in your bio on the public site, share with your Facebook pals, etc.
Thoughts? Comments? Stories?!