According to Jamie LaRue, director of ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom, brain research demonstrates that information doesn't change people's minds, stories do.
Every librarian and library worker has a story about a time they felt great about helping a patron. During National Library Week 2017, we're asking you to share those stories.
Following the advice from Jamie LaRue's video, describe the person, the problem, and how you helped create the happy ending. At the end of the video say your name, your job title, the name of library, and "Libraries Transform. I'm an expert in _____________." We'll put some of the best stories together into one or more videos and add the facts that ground the story.
If you're not comfortable on camera, you can record someone else telling the story. Follow the same format but at the end of the video have the storyteller say, "[name of the library] transforms lives" or "[name of the library] transforms communities."
An expensive video camera isn't required. Video recorded from a smart phone will work fine, but please find a place to shoot the video that is quiet and well lit. Remember that the audio quality is as important as the video. A horizontal camera orientation is the preferred format.
Submit your video using the form below. We'll send you the link to a Dropbox folder to upload it. Everyone who submits a video will be entered for a chance to win one of three $50 gift certificates to the ALA online store. Submit your videos no later than midnight on Saturday, April 15, 2017, for a chance to win.
Share your video on social media using with hashtags #LibrariesTransform and #National Library Week.
Thanks to Edna Sussman, reference librarian at Half Hollow Hills Community Public Library in Dix Hills, New York, for allowing us to share her story.