Category Archives: YouTube & Libraries

Transparency & Communication in Action: ACPL Director Krull on YouTube

Allen County Public Library’s Sean Robinson writes:


The property fax reform in Indiana is causing library budgets to shrink across the state. In an attempt to be more transparent and to inform both our staff and the community on how we plan to handle this change our Director Jeff Krull has created this video. We are planning for it to be part of a series as we go through this process.
I really like Krull’s take on staff and the library’s preparation for the future.
I applaud Sean and Jeff Krull and everyone at ACPL for taking such a bold step – to put it out there: cutting budgets, not filling positions, turning out the lights, etc to deal with the impending budget shortfalls in Indiana. I wish more libraries were this transparent.

StoryTubes & Creating Energy

A question came up at the end of my presentation at Batavia Public Library about using new technology and attracting customers to join libraries in that interactive experience. Denise Raleigh from Gail Borden Public Library just happened to be in the audience and she helped answer the question. It was such a great response, I asked her to do a TTW post.


How can we make sure video contests and the like actually are successful?

I can only answer for us.  What we try to do is to make it easy for them to get involved.  Storypalooza 2007 has grown into StoryTubes 2008.  Along with Charlotte/Mecklenberg/Imaginon, Middle Country PLKing County PL and Pasadena PL, we are holding the national 2008 StoryTubes video contest at  It is about kids in grades 1-6 talking about their favorite books in a 2-minute or shorter video.  There are creative, poignant and funny videos already entered and can be watched. What we learned from the 2007 contest is that these videos turn into a online book discussion with kids getting other kids interested in books. To make it easy for kids and parents to enter, we set up a camera in a room in Youth for a few hours on a Saturday afternoon and,  with a parent sign off, we film and enter them.

StoryTubes will create reading energy.  Watch some of the entries.  For pure entertainment, don’t miss one young boy’s review of “The Essential Visual History of the World.” His side comments are a hoot especially as he explains that Napoleon got exiled twice saying “How much can a guy take?.”   “A Light in the Attic” has a big wow factor. Another boy’s review of “Milkweed” makes him appreciate his own home. (By the way, I am not part of the finalist review process).  I am just a storyteller about StoryTubes.  Just think of the potential hugeness of reading energy that would generate if everyone that reads this blog from a public or school library helped just one young person enter.   Entries are due by April 26.  If anyone has questions, please email me at [email protected] or call at 847.429.5981.  Thanks Michael for inviting me to post and for creating enthusiasm about where libraries can go.


StoryTubes for TTW

StoryTubes is here! From New York to California, kids in Grades 1-6 are talking up their favorite books. You can too!

Along with your parent or guardian, follow these simple steps:


  1. Make a 2-minute video about your favorite book;
  2. Upload the video to YouTube; and
  3. Come to this StoryTubes website and send in the link to your uploaded YouTube video using the online Contest Entry Form.


Beginning April 1, your video becomes part of a national contest!


Voting mania will then begin and happen each week in May! At the end of each week, one lucky contestant will win $500 in books. Their sponsoring organization (school, library or designated organization for home-schooled youth) will receive $1,000 in books.

Four  Video Categories:

Hair-Raising Tales
From or For the Heart
Of Heroes and Heroines
Facts, Fads and Phenoms

The StoryTubes partner libraries are: Northeast: Middle Country Public Library of Centereach; NY; Southeast: The Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County/ImaginOn, Charlotte, NC; Midwest: Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, IL; Northwest: King County Library System, Issaquah, WA; and Southwest: Pasadena Public Library, Pasadena, CA.


Find out more at:

RCPL’s The Link

Curtis Rogers, SC State Library, visits the newest Richland County Public Library branch, The Link, in Irmo. He interviews both the branch manager and chief of extension services. The new branch was funded with an LSTA grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services administered by the SC State Library