An exciting announcement for the #LibraryAtoZ

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Last year I blogged on the Voices for the Library site about the Library A to Z, which was a crowdsourced A to Z list of positive activities and services libraries provide – those that go beyond the idea that libraries are solely about books. We encouraged people to make use of and build on the A to Z to promote their library service and a few did, especially around National Libraries Day in February.
Recently I shared the idea with Andy Walsh from Huddersfield University and we talked about developing the idea into a book that could be used as a powerful advocacy tool for libraries – something that could be sent to politicians, local councillors and those with some control over the future of libraries. Andy suggested the idea of a Kickstarter/crowd funded project to raise money for the funding of the production of the book.
I’m really pleased and excited to say that the crowd-funding project is now live and will run for 30 days. In that time we need to raise £2,000 to turn this idea into reality and actually produce the book. This money will allow us to cover the costs of the illustrator, legal deposit copies of the book, and the initial rewards including postage and packing. Andy has arranged for a great illustrator (Josh Filhol) to be involved, and the aim is to produce a book contain a visual alphabet of the Library A to Z along with content that backs it up and highlights the importance of libraries. You can see Josh at work in the project video below.

There are a range of rewards for people and organisations who back the project, all increasing depending upon how much money you give to the campaign.

It would be fantastic if we could get this funded and turned into reality and we ask that if you can contribute please do (as the video says, it doesn’t matter how little you give). Please also share this in as many places as you can – all around the social networks, in libraries, anywhere! If we don’t make the target of £2,000 the project won’t happen.

We are also still looking for more words for the A to Z. So please take a look at the original list and if you have anything to add leave a comment.

For more details about the project and how the Kickstarter funding process works take a look at the Library A to Z Kickstarter page.

All the resources that are produced as part of this Kickstarter project including the images will be released under a creative commons licence, meaning that everyone is free to use the results of the project.
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A collection of my posts/articles/presentations on If This Then That (Ifttt)

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I’ve been using If This Then That (Ifttt) for a few years now. I tend to use it for pulling information together and sharing it to a variety of services and social networks easily. Without it I’d be forever logging in and out of services to collect and share information. There are similar services to Ifttt, but it works well for me.

Below are a collection of blog posts, articles and presentations I’ve written on the subject and I’ve also written a chapter on Ifttt and similar services for the forthcoming More Library Mashups book, titled “Ifttt makes data play easy?

Replacing Google Reader With Ifttt and Pocket

Discover Organize Share – A new blog

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I’ve created a new information based blog at http://www.discoverorganizeshare.blogspot.co.uk/ . The new blog will focus on search tools, content creation, curation, aggregation and discovery ie more online information and less library focus.

To tie in with this I’ve also set up another Twitter account @a_p_8 , which will focus on similar areas as the blog.

I’m avoiding the angle of content creation, curation, aggregation as a money making marketing tool and focusing on it as an information tool. I say this because so many of the articles I’m finding are purely focused on information = money, but if they still have an interesting information angle I’ll share them.

I’ve also set up a Google Play account (AP8), as I’ve created a few low key information based Android apps, which are on there. They are:

Library Jobs U.K. (an aggregated feed of UK based library jobs from a range of sources)

Surrey MIX (an aggregated feed of news, events, photos, videos from Surrey, UK)

Hot Poppi (a search experiment using Yahoo Pipes and social bookmarking services)

I’ll still share techy ideas on this blog, but I’ll also cross-post them on Discover, Organize, Share too.