AL Inside Scoop – A New Blog from American Libraries

American Libraries has launched its own blog, AL Inside Scoop.

Editor-in-chief Leonard Kniffel offers an insider’s view of goings-on at ALA headquarters and what hot topics ALA staffers are talking about in the hallways, saying, “I want to shorten the lag between what’s new at headquarters and when we tell you about it, between what’s hot on the ALA Council’s electronic list and when you hear about it.”

Associate Editor Greg Landgraf offers his perspective from “the lower floors” of what many see as the ALA ivory tower.

I’m looking forward to seeing what they have to say!

Announcing…PLCMC Learning

A few weeks ago I announced a new communication tool to our staff for training and learning. PLCMC Learning where we will be posting information about our in-house staff learning and training opportunities as well as links to webinars, tutorials, and upcoming training from around the library community that may be of interest to our staff.

While this site is geared to PLCMC staff, the site is public and I hope that other libraries will find information to use here. So bookmark it, tag it, subscribe to it.

PLCMC Learning

Program Idea – Moms on the Blog

From ProBlogger comes this post from Michelle Mitchell Five Reasons Why Mom Blogs Are the Blogs to Watch. It’s an interesting post (even if you’re not a mom 🙂 ).

In Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point he writes of the importance of mavens–those who are trusted for their opinions and who pass along information on what products, services and ideas are the best–and mom blogs are the maven nesting grounds. Moms want to know which products work and which don’t; they want to give an opinion on what’s worked for them and share their experiences with others and advertisers are just beginning to discover this advertising pot of gold.

You’ve heard “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world”? Well she who does the shopping then blogs about it rules the net.

We seem to be doing a great job targeting and reaching out to teens and children with programs, but here is a demographic ripe for the picking. I know we’ve offered a few classes in online scrapbooking, but how about a moms’ blogging club while the older kids are in programs or storytimes or run a Daddy and Me storytime on the weekend and a simultaneous Mommy Blogging program. Summer reading is almost here!