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Engaging in Many Ways



Last post from my reading of Mobilizing Generation 2.0: A Practical Guide to Using Web 2.0 Technologies to Recruit, Organize, and Engage Youth, by Ben Rigby (you should go read it yourself – it’s a good book!). Rigby talks about George Miller, a Democratic congressman from California, on page 106. Miller used video-based conversation starters and other social networking tools in a fun way:

“In a two-minute YouTube video, [Miller] launched a campaign called “Ask George.” In this handheld video, Miller sat casually in his office chair and asked supporters to engage with him in a dialogue about the Iraq war. He invited participation via numerous avenues:

  • Shoot a video of your question and upload it to YouTube, SplashCat, Blip.tv, or Google video. Tag the video with the phrase “askgeorge.”
  • Post a question on your blog and tag it “askgeorge.”
  • Join the “Ask George” group on Facebook and post your question there.
  • E-mail a question to george.miller@mail.house.gov with the subject “Ask George.” “

Nice use of tagging, multimedia, and other emerging services and tools. So – my question to you: Would this work in other settings? Would this work in libraries? What questions could you ask? I can definitely see it working in a YA/Teen setting. How about in grown-up settings?

Here’s an idea – have the library director talk (for a minute or less) about his/her favorite book. Then do what Miller did – ask for tagged responses, and see what happens…

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  • Michael Stephens

    ACPL has really been leading the way with this: director Jeff Krull’s videos about books, reading and the issues in Indiana are wonderful. The invitation part is the next step…

  • Michael Stephens

    ACPL has really been leading the way with this: director Jeff Krull’s videos about books, reading and the issues in Indiana are wonderful. The invitation part is the next step…

  • davidleeking

    Yes – they’re doing a great job with video. What I’d now like to see – from them or someone else – is the invitation part. Say something, then ask the community to participate. I think there’s a load of good possibility here, just waiting to be nabbed.

  • Lourdes Santos

    I´m reading many blogs about librarianship “need to go” to cyberspace … In my country (Brazil) are many citys where the people don´t take a book or read a newspaper… the city struture isn´t good … If we apply this recourse many people can read and reflection their life …

  • Lourdes Santos

    I´m reading many blogs about librarianship “need to go” to cyberspace … In my country (Brazil) are many citys where the people don´t take a book or read a newspaper… the city struture isn´t good … If we apply this recourse many people can read and reflection their life …

  • davidleeking

    Yes – they're doing a great job with video. What I'd now like to see – from them or someone else – is the invitation part. Say something, then ask the community to participate. I think there's a load of good possibility here, just waiting to be nabbed.