Archive for July 4th, 2013

$4 to $1: Public Library Benefits and Budgets–help make it work

Posted in $4, C&I Books on July 4th, 2013

I’ve just opened an IndieGoGo campaign to assure the completion of my (renamed) project on public library benefits and budgets: $4 to $1: Public Library Benefits and Budgets (2013-14).

You’ll find the campaign here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/4-to-1-public-library-benefits-and-budgets/x/3751677/

My basic goal is $2,500. At that level, all three books will be completed–and many of them prepurchased as perks.

The three books?

$4 to $1: Public Library Benefits and Budgets (2013-14): Libraries by Size

Based on Give Us a Dollar and We’ll Give You Back Four (2012-13), but that title just got too cumbersome when I realized the need to split the project into two books.

As recounted in earlier posts–specifically this one–this book will have fewer and simpler tables, more graphs and a lot more commentary. Additionally, where the previous book covered a single year, this will compare two years: 2011 and 2009.

I’m guessing the new book will wind up between 150 and 200 pages, maybe a little shorter.

$4 to $1: Public Library Benefits and Budgets (2013-14): Libraries by State

While the first chapter of this book will be identical to the book just discussed, the remainder will be state chapters, probably with slightly fewer metrics. I’m aiming for 200 pages or less.

A Library Is…

A book of public library slogans and mottoes gathered from public library websites. I’m just under halfway through doing the scan, with around 800 slogans and mottoes to date. This book may be inspirational. It will never be sold separately–it will only be available as a perk for this or other crowdfunding projects or as a thank-you for larger donations to Cites & Insights.

The Indiegogo campaign is a “Fixed Funding” campaign: If people pledge a total of $2,499 within the 45 days, nobody pays anything and I don’t get anything. (In other words, it’s like Kickstarter.)

I’m sure I’ll be pushing this in various ways at times, but I’ll try not to overdo it. No, there’s no campaign video at this point: I’m just not telegenic.

If the campaign succeeds, all three books will appear. If it doesn’t, I’m not sure what will happen.

[My continued thanks to Laura Crossett for suggesting Give Us a Dollar and We’ll Give You Back Four; the new title is far more humdrum, but I needed something shorter, and “Buckfour” or $4, my own internal name, just weren’t doing it. That books will remain available.]

Raining on parades

Posted in Stuff on July 4th, 2013

I try to avoid grousing about people who rain on my parade, put down something I’m enthusiastic about, or otherwise buzzkill. I’m not sure I always manage that.

One reason to avoid bitching about buzzkill: If you then put down other people or groups for their enthusiasms, well, you come off looking like a hypocrite.

Looking like one because you are one.

I know, I know: You’re harshing my mellow, where I’m just pointing out the flaws in what you appreciate. It’s totally different.

Right.

[I was going to comment on the flood of liblog posts in Feedly this morning–more than 300, compared to the usual 110-150–but it turns out one specific blog burped up its entire history, accounting for more than half of the posts. So: Never mind.]


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