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Discussion How to submit a story for Boing Boing

by Jenny Levine (staff) on Mon, May 19, 2014 at 11:29 am

To make it easier for us to track each idea or submission as it comes in, please post your ideas and/or write-ups as new discussions in the Boing Boing story ideas forum. I think that will also make it easier to tell which comments go with which stories.

For full write-ups, you can also email them to me at jlevine [at] ala.org or to Tina Coleman at ccoleman [at] ala.org.

Here's the template for what we need as a write-up that can be submitted directly to Boing Boing.

To make it easier for us to track each idea or submission as it comes in, please post your ideas and/or write-ups as new discussions in the Boing Boing story ideas forum. I think that will also make it easier to tell which comments go with which stories.

For full write-ups, you can also email them to me at jlevine [at] ala.org or to Tina Coleman at ccoleman [at] ala.org.

Here's the template for what we need as a write-up that can be submitted directly to Boing Boing.

  1. Title (preferably something that will appeal to Boing Boing's Happy Mutants and isn't just a press release headline)
  2. Content of the post - don't forget to include any URLs that should be embedded in the text
  3. URLs of any media to be included (pictures, video, etc.) or you can attach files to the Connect discussion
  4. Byline as "Firstname Lastname, Organizational Affiliation" with a URL for the organization's website (or however else the person should be identified); eg: Jane Doe, Awesome (IL) Public Library

Note that our preference would be to have someone from the owning library do the write-up and include a link to a page on the library's site so that they get the full credit and traffic, but we're also happy to take submissions from anyone who is passionate about an idea.

See Marc Gartler's first submission to view a good example. View all of our posts on Boing Boing to get a sense of what's worked well and what kind of language to use.

Thanks, everyone - keep the ideas coming!

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Discussion Make It @ Your Library

by Amy Killebrew-IL on Mon, Dec 9, 2013 at 02:28 pm

Greetings LibraryLab Members! 

If you have not already heard, there is a new resource for maker librarians and those interested in being maker librarians - Make It @ Your Library (http://makeitatyourlibrary.org/) - created in collaboration with Instructables.com! 

If you attended ALA Annual this summer, you may remember a group speaking about this resource at the beginning of the LibraryLab program - TEDx and Libraries: A Perfect Partnership

Greetings LibraryLab Members! 

If you have not already heard, there is a new resource for maker librarians and those interested in being maker librarians - Make It @ Your Library (http://makeitatyourlibrary.org/) - created in collaboration with Instructables.com! 

If you attended ALA Annual this summer, you may remember a group speaking about this resource at the beginning of the LibraryLab program - TEDx and Libraries: A Perfect Partnership

The live site launched back in October and we invite you take a look, use it, and become involved! 

For the official press release, visit: http://makeitatyourlibrary.org/press

If you have questions or feedback, feel free to response to this discussion or email the Make It @ Your Library team: info@makeitatyourlibrary.org

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Discussion LibraryLab at Annual

by Jenny Levine (staff) on Wed, Jun 26, 2013 at 01:26 pm

If you're coming to the 2013 ALA Annual Conference, we hope to see you at some LibraryLab sessions. Here's what we're up to, along with some other sessions that might be of interest.

LibraryLab program - TEDx and Libraries: A Perfect Partnership
(Also include info about an upcoming resource being built for making in libraries)
Saturday, 4:30-5:30pm
McCormick Place, S103d

If you're coming to the 2013 ALA Annual Conference, we hope to see you at some LibraryLab sessions. Here's what we're up to, along with some other sessions that might be of interest.

LibraryLab program - TEDx and Libraries: A Perfect Partnership
(Also include info about an upcoming resource being built for making in libraries)
Saturday, 4:30-5:30pm
McCormick Place, S103d

LibraryLab Business Meeting
Sunday, 8:30-10:00am
McCormick Place, N227b

HackLibSchool/LibraryLab Meetup - come be social with us!
Sunday, 8:00-10:00pm
The Green Door Tavern

Maker Showcase
Monday, 9:00am-2:00pm
McCormick Place, Hall A1, Special Events Area

Mark Frauenfelder (Founder of Boing Boing and Founding Editor-in-chief of MAKE Magazine)
Monday, 1:00-2:30pm
McCormick Place, S106a

There are some other maker-related programs on the schedule, plus Cory Doctorow from Boing Boing will be speaking multiple times at Annual!

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Event TEDx and Libraries: A Perfect Partnership (ALA LibraryLab)

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Tue, Jun 11, 2013 at 07:07 pm

Princeton Public Library has been an active member of the global TEDx community since 2009 and in that time they've hosted a variety of TEDx events for all ages. TEDx events are a great way to ignite engagement for the community you serve and encourage participation on all levels from the planning to the day of the event. TEDx events can be smaller monthly salons or large day-long conferences -- in other words, they can be easily scaled to suit your budget and space. Topics will include how to get a license, the planning process, lessons learned and much more.

Princeton Public Library has been an active member of the global TEDx community since 2009 and in that time they've hosted a variety of TEDx events for all ages. TEDx events are a great way to ignite engagement for the community you serve and encourage participation on all levels from the planning to the day of the event. TEDx events can be smaller monthly salons or large day-long conferences -- in other words, they can be easily scaled to suit your budget and space. Topics will include how to get a license, the planning process, lessons learned and much more.

We'll also hear from a team of librarians working on a new resource for making in libraries. In partnership with the American Library Association and Instructables, the Make It Project (developed and funded in coordination with ILEAD USA) seeks to bring the best maker projects from Instructables to librarians in order to further the adoption and adaption of maker culture into library culture. We seek to encourage librarians to embrace and promote the processes of exploration, creation, and hands-on learning in their communities. This brief introduction will explain the project and how you can get involved in it.

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Event Library Boing Boing Meeting

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 01:25 pm

Join the Library Boing Boing Member Interest Group business meeting to learn how you can get involved in any of our projects.

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Event HackLibSchool / LibraryLab Meetup

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 01:25 pm

Come meet the #makeithappen crowd at the joint HackLibSchool / LibraryLab Meetup at The Green Door Tavern on Sunday evening.

HackLibSchool: http://hacklibschool.wordpress.com/
ALA LibraryLab: http://connect.ala.org/librarylab

Location: The Green Door Tavern
678 North Orleans
http://www.greendoorchicago.com/

Map It - http://bit.ly/12sT6bi

Come meet the #makeithappen crowd at the joint HackLibSchool / LibraryLab Meetup at The Green Door Tavern on Sunday evening.

HackLibSchool: http://hacklibschool.wordpress.com/
ALA LibraryLab: http://connect.ala.org/librarylab

Location: The Green Door Tavern
678 North Orleans
http://www.greendoorchicago.com/

Map It - http://bit.ly/12sT6bi

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Discussion Policies for Makerspaces / 3D Printing

by Tim Lepczyk (non-member) on Tue, May 7, 2013 at 09:14 am

Hi All,

I'm trying to find and gather some policies on 3D printing. I've looked through the Makerspace Playbook, but it doesn't seem to address policies. Are there some library policies you could share? I've been gathering info at this blog post: What's Your Library's 3D Printing Policy?

Thanks!

 

Tim

Discussion Volunteers to help with makerspace data

by Jenny Levine (staff) on Thu, Mar 14, 2013 at 10:53 am

I attended the Make to Learn Symposium yesterday (which was pretty awesome), and I got to talk to Dale Dougherty (the founder of MAKE Magazine) for a little while. If you haven't seen their newish Makerspace site, you should definitely check it out. It also includes their Makerspace Playbook (PDF) that we want to customize for libraries.

I attended the Make to Learn Symposium yesterday (which was pretty awesome), and I got to talk to Dale Dougherty (the founder of MAKE Magazine) for a little while. If you haven't seen their newish Makerspace site, you should definitely check it out. It also includes their Makerspace Playbook (PDF) that we want to customize for libraries.

There's also a Makerspace Directory on the site where you can add your library if you have a space in your building (or your community if it's not listed). MAKE could use some help sorting through the data that's coming in to the Directory, so I'm looking for volunteers to help with this project. Please comment here or email me at jlevine [at] ala.org if you'd like to get involved.

Librarians represent!
Jenny

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Discussion The ALA LibraryLab BoingBoing Postamatic 5000

by Jason Griffey on Wed, Mar 6, 2013 at 09:50 pm

In an effort to make the process of submitting stories to the LibraryLab: BoingBoing group as easy as humanly possible, we've created the Postamatic 5000, aka a Google Form that you can simply fill out, hit the button, and bask in the fame* and fortune** of potentially getting your words on the biggest blog on the web. To participate in the wonder that is BoingBoing, go here:

ALA LibraryLab Postamatic 5000

*fame not guaranteed

**there will also be no fortune

Discussion Library BoingBoing becomes ALA LibraryLab

by Jason Griffey on Mon, Feb 11, 2013 at 03:10 pm

Hello all you Happy Mutants!

This is just a quick followup from ALA Midwinter...way back at ALA Annual we talked during the BoingBoing business meeting about changing the name of the group to something less specific and more flexible, so that as we make inroads with other groups (Make Magazine, etc) the "BoingBoing" name isn't confusing. As a result, we decided to move to officially calling ourselves:

ALA LibraryLab

Hello all you Happy Mutants!

This is just a quick followup from ALA Midwinter...way back at ALA Annual we talked during the BoingBoing business meeting about changing the name of the group to something less specific and more flexible, so that as we make inroads with other groups (Make Magazine, etc) the "BoingBoing" name isn't confusing. As a result, we decided to move to officially calling ourselves:

ALA LibraryLab

SO: The name of this group will be changing to reflect this...we were officially given the blessing by ALA to make the name change at Midwinter. Moving forward, we'll be ALA LibraryLab!

Viva ALA LibraryLab!

Thanks!

Yours in Happy Mutation,

Jason Griffey

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Mission:

To bring librarians and Boing Boing readers (aka, Happy Mutants) together to generate support for and raise interest in libraries via projects at local libraries.

Goals:

  • Help find and propose content about libraries that could be posted to Boing Boing.
  • Provide active ways for Happy Mutants to support and get involved with their local libraries (eg, toolkits, best practices, ideas for local projects).
  • Create dynamic programming at library conferences that Library Boing Boingers can then take outside of the library community to promote libraries (eg, SxSW, local community events, etc.).
  • Work together to help Happy Mutants advance our shared interests (eg, copyright reform, net neutrality, game culture, digital divide issues, open government, etc.).
  • Coordinate an international community of librarians working with their own Happy Mutant groups.

How to submit a story to Boing Boing

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