Batgirl was a Librarian
Yes, Librarians are Cool. Some are even superheroes...the Batgirl was a Librarian website has the story of Batgirl and lots of other fun and useful library-related links. Batgirl is Born Barbara Gordon, the niece and adopted daughter of Police Commissioner Jim Gordon, graduated summa cum laude from Gotham State University with a degree in Library and Information Science. After graduating, she became the head reference librarian at Gotham Public Library. The librarian transformation into Batgirl happened one night on her way to the policemen's masquerade ball. Dressed in a homemade "Batgirl," costume, she accidentally encountered the villain Killer Moth and foiled his attempt to kidnap wealthy Bruce Wayne. Barbara enjoyed the thrill and risk of crime fighting, and after modifying her motorcycle to create the Batcycle, Batgirl was born.
The Renegade Librarian website has lots of links to help you explore the political and cultural boundaries explored and catalogued by librarians around the world. TAKE A LIBRARIAN TO LUNCH TODAY! Librarians aren't ALL about FUN... librarians take our intellectual freedom very seriously: "Intellectual Freedom is the right of every individual to both seek and receive information from all points of view without restriction. It provides for free access to all expressions of ideas through which any and all sides of a question, cause or movement may be explored. Intellectual freedom encompasses the freedom to hold, receive and disseminate ideas." - ALA Intellectual Freedom and Censorship page
Library Bill of Rights The American Library Association affirms that all libraries are forums for information and ideas, and that the following basic policies should guide their services: I. Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation. II. Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval. III. Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment. IV. Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas. V. A personís right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age, background, or views. VI. Libraries which make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.
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John Kremerís Marvelous Book Marketing Strategies
Git-er-Done NOW Book Marketing Tip #7 - Talk to at least one librarian.Welcome to Marvelous Book Marketing Strategies, a monthly column based on book marketing expert John Kremerís 24-Point Book Marketing Action List, a list John compiled specially for the participants in his Book Marketing Blast-Off seminars. The actions on the list range from writing press releases and networking, to contacting Oprah and getting to know your bankís president. The underlying value of the list may be that it encourages you Ė the independent author and/or publisher Ė to focus on ACTION. As an independent author, self-publisher, or owner of a small publishing house, it all depends on YOU and your ability to GET THE JOB DONE. Self-promotion, guerilla marketing, and effective networking strategies are all vital elements of getting the BUZZ for yourself and your books that lead to SALES.
Each month we list one of John Kremerís Marketing Action suggestions, and elaborate a bit on why itís important and how to make each action happen effectively and efficiently. Prepare to TAKE ACTION, IMPROVE YOUR MARKETING, and SELL MORE BOOKS!
Book Marketing Action Tip #7:
ďTalk to at least one librarian.Ē
ďIf you want to sell to librarians, you have to get to know their mind set just like you have to know the mind sets and needs of sales reps and bookstores (See Action Tips #5 and #6). You can be more effective in selling books to libraries if you know how they work.Ē
It may not fit the stereotypical image, but LIBRARIANS ARE VERY COOL! Getting to know librarians and other library staff can be very beneficial to an author/publisher. Who better to have on your side than the folks that are constantly recommending, distributing, and handling the books owned by your community? Heck, they don't even have to whisper any more, so word-of-mouth promotion can happen right there in your hometown library!
Librarians and staff are also very involved in local issues, politically aware, and open to new ideas. Especially if your book deals with hot-button cultural or political issues, it shouldn't be hard to get libraries interested. More and more, libraries hold author readings, book discussions, and events that could help promote you and your book.
More and more, in this era of communication and networking, promoting and selling your books is all about relationships. What better friend to make than your local librarian?
Make this great group of book warriors your allies in the battle for literary success!
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Previous Marketing Action Tips:
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Other John Kremer links:
John Kremerís Book Marketing Website: www.bookmarket.com
John Kremerís Book Marketing Tip of the Week: www.bookmarket.com/tips.html
John Kremerís blog: openhorizons.blogspot.com