Pop Goes the Library

Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.

by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.


Must Read: Marin County Free Library Blog

I'm collecting links to really good library blogs lately, and Marin County's is my current favorite, and here's why, so far:
  • I love that they explain for their patrons, in plain English, what a blog is. That's courteous and smart.
  • They put all their electronic contact information directly under the "what's a blog/RSS?" stuff in the right-hand sidebar. This is both cool and appealing to tech-savvy users, who will be the first to catch onto their blog initiative, anyway.
  • They use their blog to showcase services, collections, and electronic tools that their patrons may not be aware of. They also use it to provide mini-tutorials on using their online catalogue. Good marketing without an ounce of bombast.
  • Every single post would make me, as an online patron of MCFL, want to ask a librarian for more follow-up information. That's some good blogging right there.



  • At 4:07 PM, Blogger Library Staff said…

    Hey thanks! Sarah Houghton (AKA the Librarian in Black) here. I'm one of the blogging librarians here at MCFL, and I really appreciate your praise. We work very hard to keep our library blog current & useful, and I'm so glad that somebody's diggin' it :)

  • At 4:39 PM, Blogger Sophie Brookover said…

    Oh, what a small world. I read your blog (though not as often as I ought or would like to, or I'd have connected those dots much earlier)! Thanks for the thanks -- it's my pleasure to highlight others' good work. Rock on!

  • At 9:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    MCFL is really doing very well. I am trying to follow Sophie's post and dig sth out of MCFL. For the 2nd note, I didn't find the link of "What's a blog/RSS" Sophie mentioned. Are you talking about "Syndication" and "What is the XML & RSS Business"? Or they made some changes with the right-side bar?


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