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30 Days of Awesome


Sophie Brookover, Kelly Jensen and myself were tossing around ideas one day — talking about how some people in libraryland are really great about promoting the great things they do, but what is the best way to get that promotion out beyond the like-minded people who already read that person’s blog, twitter, tumblr, etc.?

One thing led to another, as it does when talking, and the result is something we’re calling Show Me The Awesome: 30 Days of Self Promotion.

Here is the long explanation:

Our broad topic is self-promotion and we’re calling this adventure Show Me The Awesome: 30 Days of Self-Promotion. This is your opportunity to share with the broader library community what you’ve got going on that you’re especially proud of. What we’re looking for: briefly, your best foot forward! This can mean actual things you are doing in your library and community. It can also mean discussing the greater ideas of promotion and self-promotion and what they mean. How can we effectively promote ourselves and librarianship itself — both within the field and with those outside the field?

This idea grows out of the broader conversation in librarianship about gender, different areas of librarianship and how they are recognized and honored in our field as a whole. We want to recognize and celebrate ALL areas of librarianship as they are practiced now: urban, suburban, rural, big libraries & small, in children’s, YA, adult and technical services, in academia or museums, in schools and public libraries, on budgets ranging from shoestring to Kardashian (hey, we can dream!).

What are you doing that is interesting, unique, innovative, practical and helpful in your community? What do you wish more people knew about you & your library? What do you hope to bring to the profession in the next five years? Ten? Twenty?

We’re reaching out to a variety of library bloggers, both to share their thoughts on the topic and to cross-promote Show Me The Awesome beyond any one area of librarianship. We’re hoping that the academic library blog readers will find useful insights from and make great connections with the children’s librarian blogs, and vice-versa. Likewise, we’d like to open this up to anyone you may think could be interested, as well. If you have a suggestion for a librarian we should approach, please let us know and we will get in touch with them.

So. Are you interested? Sure you are! What’s involved, you ask?

  • It’s pretty simple: agree to write a post that you will publish in May. Sophie will be the grand organizer of what goes up when; so if you prefer a certain day or date, let her know on this form.

  • We will provide a banner (the one I have here is just a rough idea).

  • Include a link to the introductory explanation of what Show Me The Awesome will be about; we’ll provide the links. All three of us will be writing up intro posts, so you can link to one, or to both, if you’re a completist that way.

  • If you decide to tweet about this, we will be using the hashtag #30awesome

In addition to hosting the introductory posts, Liz and Kelly will publish daily posts linking to your individual posts, as well as a wrap-up post once the series concludes.

Thank you for your time and consideration. Let’s….be awesome! Together!

If you’re interested, here is the form to fill out. And here is Kelly’s post on 30 Days.


About Elizabeth Burns

Looking for a place to talk about young adult books? Pull up a chair, have a cup of tea, and let's chat. I am a New Jersey librarian. My opinions do not reflect those of my employer, SLJ, YALSA, or anyone else. On Twitter I'm @LizB; my email is


  1. What a completely Awesome idea! Wow! I will look forward to reading every post!

  2. Elizabeth Burns says:

    thanks, Sondy! I’m looking forward to it, also!


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