1. If I were a librarian ... →

    melvillehouse:

    darienlibrary said: Stop stealing our job, Melville House.

    I wish. If I were a librarian I’d never shut up about it. I’d be telling people on street corners everywhere.

    Picture me: thumbs in belt loops, chest puffed, hollering, “I HELP PEOPLE KNOW THINGS. I SHAPE CHILDREN FROM SMALL SOCIOPATHS INTO GENEROUS MARVELOUS HUMAN BEINGS. I TOUCH ALL THE BOOKS. WOULD YOU LIKE TO BORROW THIS TINY GOLF PENCIL.”

    And then I’d laser finger everyone for good measure and saunter off up the street to thunderous applause.

    This brought a tear to my eye.

  2. Erin Shea: “I don’t know about you but I’m pretty sick of BEA. I got in line to see Julianne Moore and it was a pretty long line but, you know, I’m pretty determined and I have my laser fingers to keep me company, but I’ve been back and forth to Staten Island fifty-seven times now and all I ate today was fifteen bags of roasted nuts and I’m beginning to think maybe it’s not worth it? Where’s the line for the cat?

    — 

    Won’t someone think of the BEA orphans? | MobyLives

    "I have my laser fingers to keep me company.”

  3. nypl:

It’s the weekend! Time to celebrate! To mark the occasion library-style, here is a fairly hilarious gif of Erin Shea from the Darien Library (who, among other things, runs the institution’s amazing Tumblr). She’s the one on the left with the laser fingers, who states, “I was not even trying to be funny, that is actually how I dance.” This is a fun and particularly appropriate way to end the work week, considering NYPL Wire joined Erin, as well as Kate Tkacik (The Lifeguard Librarian), Rachel Fershleiser of Tumblr, and Molly McArdle of Library Journal at Book Expo America today for a talk on - what else - Tumblr and libraries! It was fun so … it’s time for the laser finger dance! 

Angela, who runs NYPL’s Tumblr, is a star. Laser fingers, of course, is by now already legend.

    nypl:

    It’s the weekend! Time to celebrate! To mark the occasion library-style, here is a fairly hilarious gif of Erin Shea from the Darien Library (who, among other things, runs the institution’s amazing Tumblr). She’s the one on the left with the laser fingers, who states, “I was not even trying to be funny, that is actually how I dance.” This is a fun and particularly appropriate way to end the work week, considering NYPL Wire joined Erin, as well as Kate Tkacik (The Lifeguard Librarian), Rachel Fershleiser of Tumblr, and Molly McArdle of Library Journal at Book Expo America today for a talk on - what else - Tumblr and libraries! It was fun so … it’s time for the laser finger dance! 

    Angela, who runs NYPL’s Tumblr, is a star. Laser fingers, of course, is by now already legend.

  4. housingworksbookstore:

togatherinc:

Erin Shea is Head of Adult Programming at Darien Library in Darien, CT. She tweets from @erintheshea and manages Darien Library’s tumblr, where she recently wrote about hosting author events in libraries and how to find audiences for them:

“Do not neglect niche groups! For example we recently hosted Becky Aikman, author of the memoir Saturday Night Widows. I reached out to local widow support groups. We had the CEO of Weight Watchers talk about his weight loss book and I reached out to local Weight Watchers centers. Sometimes I go undercover on MeetUp.com and join MeetUp groups and invite members. I have reached out to local magicians when we had a magician author visit. Get out into your community! Also invite a local blogger to be “in conversation” with an author. That way the blog’s readership finds out about the event and the blogger promotes the heck out of your program. Get your staff excited and interested so they promote it to patrons. How do you get them excited? Involve them in the planning of your event.”

We talked to Erin over email this week and learned more about the ins and outs of author events in libraries: how they are planned, what makes them successful, and why libraries and author events make a perfect match.
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    housingworksbookstore:

    togatherinc:

    Erin Shea is Head of Adult Programming at Darien Library in Darien, CT. She tweets from @erintheshea and manages Darien Library’s tumblr, where she recently wrote about hosting author events in libraries and how to find audiences for them:

    “Do not neglect niche groups! For example we recently hosted Becky Aikman, author of the memoir Saturday Night Widows. I reached out to local widow support groups. We had the CEO of Weight Watchers talk about his weight loss book and I reached out to local Weight Watchers centers. Sometimes I go undercover on MeetUp.com and join MeetUp groups and invite members. I have reached out to local magicians when we had a magician author visit. Get out into your community! Also invite a local blogger to be “in conversation” with an author. That way the blog’s readership finds out about the event and the blogger promotes the heck out of your program. Get your staff excited and interested so they promote it to patrons. How do you get them excited? Involve them in the planning of your event.”

    We talked to Erin over email this week and learned more about the ins and outs of author events in libraries: how they are planned, what makes them successful, and why libraries and author events make a perfect match.

    Read More

    I am mildly obsessed with Erin Shea, read this.

    I am openly, troublingly obsessed with Erin Shea. “Laser Fingers" Shea is also (FUN FACT) one of LJ's memoir columnists. She is an expert at author events.