George & Joan, Thinking Out Loud: The Library as Non-Partisan Convener

This George & Joan podcast came about as a result of a conversation they had at ALA Midwinter with Gina Millsap, director of the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library. The library acted as neutral convener of a special program that helped citizens interested in running for local offices gain a working knowledge of the political process. The library didn’t actually present the program: they brought in the folks representing all the pieces of the process to discuss how it’s all done.

Another California Library On YouTube

“Sunnyvale Voices: From Settlers to Silicon” includes more than 20 short reminiscences about the history of Sunnyvale as told by residents (Vince Cala’s were my favorite.) Each oral history is available in print, audio, and video. The project was funded with an LSTA grant. If you’re thinking about doing an oral history project for your community, more information about what it involves can be found in the Project Manual [PDF].
Are there other California Libraries using YouTube? Please let us know via the comment section.

It Made Me Laugh

For those of you who don’t know, I live in Berkeley and used to work at the BPL until I left to go with Infopeople. I love my library and am so proud of them for this foray into our multimedia and interactive world. It’s imbedded in the BPL website but I think you should go directly to Berkeley Public Library, An Intimate Portrait on YouTube so you can see the comments folks have left. It’s a simple little video giving some useful information about the library… but… it’s funny!!! I even showed it to a couple of non-library folks and they laughed.

New IMLS goodness

Here’s a cool teen program you and your library can apply to be part of: How I See It: My Place. It’s a California Council for the Humanities program, in partnership with Califa.
Here’s the short spiel:

“How I See It: My Place” is a new program for California libraries that will provide all the resources librarians need to successfully implement a ten-week digital photography documentary project for teens – activities, equipment, supplies, funds and training.

Applications will be accepted from today (Dec 10) until Jan 17, 2008. 20 libraries will be selected to participate in the program, which will take place in the summer and fall of 2008.
A tip o’ the hat to the California State Library blog for the link.