Monday, December 11, 2017

Listening to Library Websites: Surprises – Post 4

Library_of_Alexandria_(sepia) Author Wikimedia License CCA-SA 4.0

 Courtesy Wikimedia, license CCA-SA 4.0.

In preparing my marketing library email list platform, I am seeing library website after website, and they are communicating to me. It makes me reflect on two lines in Robert Burns’ poem from 1786 “O wad some Power the giftie gie us To see oursels as ithers see us!” I’ll leave the title alone.

Some libraries present surprises.  They’re delightful to encounter when your work involves repetitive hunting for appropriate email addresses. The Desert Foothills Library in Arizona at http://www.desertfoothillslibrary.org/.  Look for the Get Involved tab on the yellow banner at the top of the page. Click on pale blue line that says Homebound Delivery Volunteer Information.  Read about their Book Buddy Service. What a lovely service, and they screen the volunteers.

The image of the Library at Alexandria that follows is available courtesy Wikimedia Commons and is Authored by Wikimedia and licensed by CCA-SA 4.0. The Library at Alexandria is probably the most famous library in the world. The Library was founded by Alexander the Great in 332 BC. How the Library came to its end is actually uncertain. There is the story that Caesar’s troops accidentally burned it to the ground in 48 BC, but that is unproven. It may have fallen to disuse as the Ptolemy line drew to a close. Odd that the most famous library met its end and no one knows for a certainty how or why. It is my hope that libraries across the USA will continue to flourish for another couple of thousand years and another couple after that and . . .

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