Start a revolution, stop acting like a library

For Immediate Release
Tue, 12/16/2014


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association


CHICAGO — “But this is how we’ve always done it!” Objections to taking a fresh tack are about as common as budget shortfalls, and the two are more closely related than you might think. At the Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library in Arkansas, Ben Bizzle and his colleagues defied common practices by using creative risk-taking in marketing and outreach to transform their library into a dynamic institution that continues to grow and thrive. In “Start a Revolution: Stop Acting Like a Library,” published by ALA Editions, Bizzle and co-author Maria Flora share techniques for success alongside a provocative marketing philosophy that will spur libraries to move beyond their comfort zone. Focusing on creative ways to pull patrons in rather than just push the library out, this book:

  • steers libraries towards defining their brand, explaining why it is crucial to meeting the needs of their users and potential users;
  • offers strategies for getting stakeholders on board and engaged, including how to address budgeting concerns;
  • demonstrates the importance of the library’s website as the digital “main branch” of the library, with guidance for creating and promoting it;
  • details the systematic marketing campaign undertaken at the Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library, encompassing both traditional and new media channels such as billboards, posters, newspapers, TV and radio and mobile technology;
  • takes the mystery out of how to use social media platforms as public awareness tools, complete with detailed strategies and step-by-step instructions;
  • shows how to pull it all together into a manageable campaign through strong leadership and teamwork.

Bizzle is the director of technology at Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library in Jonesboro, Arkansas. He is a 2013 Library Journal Marketing Mover & Shaker and part of Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library’s 2013 John Cotton Dana Award-winning creative team. He is also a national speaker, library marketing consultant, and the founder of Library Market. Prior to joining the library team, he spent seven years as a technologist in the health care industry, eventually becoming the director of information technology, responsible for the technology infrastructure for four hospitals in Arkansas, Alabama and Georgia. Flora is an award-winning journalist and writer who resides in Brookland, Arkansas.

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