Questionable Promotion/Advocacy

24/04/2013 § 8 Comments

I recently received an ALA Store catalog in the mail and was happily flipping through the pages, considering whether or not I should order my own supply of Love My Library buttons, when I stumbled across this t-shirt:

Sold by ALA Store, design by Andy Woodworth (Image source: ALA Store)

Sold by ALA Store, design by Andy Woodworth (Image source: ALA Store)

It has pictures of endangered animals (a giant panda, a mountain gorilla, a black rhino) and then the library symbol, the point being that libraries are endangered. I’m sorry to say it but something about this t-shirt does not sit well with me. It rings a little alarmist and reminds me of the Huffington Post “Libraries in Crisis” page which Turner Masland covered in an excellent Hack Library School post called HuffPo: Helping or Hurting?.

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A Cool Fundraising Idea… or maybe just a shameless plug.

17/11/2011 § 7 Comments

Our student group at USC, LISSA, has a rather unique fundraiser that happens around this time every year; The Mildly Attractive Men of Library Science. What is the Mildly Attractive Men of Library Science? The Mildly Attractive Men of Library Science is calendar that we make and sell annually to raise money for our student organization, and each year we do a variation on a theme. The calendar features some the most mildly attractive men in library science associate with the University of South Carolina’s School of Library and Information Science.

The Thinker from the cover of the Mildly Attractive Men of SLIS

Cover from this years calendar!

Last year we rocked out and did covers… of album covers. This year we’re doing something a little bit more highbrow and delivering our own unique takes on masterworks of art! That’s right thirteen artistically posed mildly attractive men celebrating library science and art, it doesn’t get much better than that.

If you’d like to know a little bit more about our calendar, or maybe order one, check out our blog post announcing them. They should be off the press soon. They make great library themed gifts, and serve as great conversation starter at work. I can confirm that I make an appearance in this years calendar.  Check out the video we made to promote it last year.

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