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Highlighting your digital collections!

C&RL News June 09
I am proud to announce that Musselman Library’s digital collection-GettDigital is featured on the front cover of C&RL news this month—June.

C&RL News June 09 Cover

This is part of concerted effort to highlight the GettDigital collections and we are thrilled to have this additional national platform to extend our reach.

Thanks to ACRL and specifically to David Free!

Thanks to my wonderful colleagues at Musselman Library for making marketing digital collections such an enjoyable task, Director of Special Collections and College Archivist–Karen Drickamer, Special Collections Assistant–Catherine Perry, and Cataloging/Metadata Librarian–Carolyn Sautter.

Check out all of the GettDigital Pages I am sure that you will find something of interest.

Remember Gettysburg is not just muskets and cannonballs.

What a year…

2008 brought many great changes and many exciting projects to Fearless Future, so Jonathan and I wanted to take time to thank all of those people and companies that made it such a great year.
Whew!

  • January—Mary moved back East in January to central Pennsylvania. After one year as Director of User Services and Outreach at Musselman Library, Gettysburg College she continues to be engaged and excited about her work there. She and her wonderfully smart and creative colleagues are currently in the process of creating an integrated approach to marketing in libraries. Stay tuned for more details.
  • April—Jonathan continues to receive accolades about the IM marketing effort he was involved in with American Univerity Library and in April he presented about it at Computers in Libraries with our amazing colleagues Alex Hodges and Patricia West. This campaign proved that a library could create a great looking campaign that matched perfectly with its target audience and clearly stated the benefit of using the IM service to that audience.
  • April—Mary presented at CARL (California Academic and Research Libraries) in March with Pauline D. Manaka from University of California, Irvine and fellow fearless colleague Yvonne Mery from the University of Arizona Libraries. We adapted the “Can Libraries be sold as Soap?” for an hour session and Pauline added a section about Energy Star. Pauline is a great library colleague and Yvonne and I hope to work with her again soon.
  • May—Mary was invited to be a panelist at the opening session Branding Bravely of at Amigos Library Services and at the same conference Mary and Yvonne conducted a three hour workshop version of “Can Libraries be sold as Soap?” We worked with the wonderful Laura Kimberly and Eddy Smith of Amigos who made us feel so welcome in Texas. Last but not least we got to catch up with one of our favorite fearless friends, Tommie Wingfield.
  • May—Mary was invited to be a panelist on College of Dupage’s Library Challenges and Opportunities Teleconference—Rules of Engagement: Attracting and Engaging Library Users. This was the first time Mary was involved in a live, produced teleconference and it took her a while to get used to this format. The entire production crew at Dupage was so amazing, so patient and professional. Ellen Sutton who coordinates the Dupage Library Challenges and Opportunities asked Mary to work with her on the 2009 Library Challenges & Opportunities and together they put together two new programs for 2009. More about them later.
  • August—Jonathan’s design of American University Library’s Annual Report was featured in Graphic Design USA’s “American In-House Design Award”.
  • August—Mary conducted a three-hour version of “Can Libraries be sold as Soap?” for the Tri-state College Library Cooperative. Mary worked closely with Joy Dlugosz of Eastern University to adapt the workshop to the needs of the organization. Joy first met Mary when Mary was a guest lecturer for University of Pittsburgh’s School of Information Science. Mary does this every April for professor Susan Alman who is the director of the Fast Track program at Pitt. Joy is amazingly energetic and committed to librarianship.
  • September—Fearless Future begins work with the Adams County SPCA. First we redesigned their unchaining brochure and in 2009 we will be working on their membership campaign. We are so impressed with the commitment all of the ACSPCA employees and board bring to this shelter; we are honored to work with them.
  • October—Jonathan conducts Adobe Illustrator® training workshop for ARGY
  • October—Jonathan’s design for American University Library’s Annual Report is also featured inPrint Magazine’s October 2008 Issue “Creativity + Commerce Business Graphics”
  • November—Mary brought together three librarians to talk about Information Literacy for Life. This was the first teleconference that Mary helped shape and facilitated. It could not have gone any better. Alex Hodges, Niketha McKenzie and Roshin Matthew all presented about information literacy and their particular populations but more importantly the collaborations that can be created to create a seamless continuum of information literacy throughout one’s lifetime. Keep your eyes of all three of these librarians because you will undoubtedly her more about them.
  • November—Fearless Future works pro-bono for ArtLitho to design their holiday card.
  • November—Mary has chapter published in Staff Development Strategies That Work! Stories and Strategies from New Librarians. Mary chapter is titles Knowing and Showing : from a good to a great boss. In this chapter Mary recounts eight lessons she remembers from her greatest mentors and bosses. Working with editors Georgie Donovan and Miguel Figueroa made bring this chapter to fruition easy.
  • December—Fearless Future submits manuscript for their how-to marketing book soon to be published by ALA entitled “Bite Size Marketing”.
  • December—Fearless Future starts work with Julie Strange at Maryland Askus Now to create a commercial to promote their state-wide virtual reference service.

Thank you to everyone for making 2008 a great year!!!
Mary & Jonathan

Love is a Battlefield

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Pat Benatar–Love is a Battlefield

As you may have noticed Jonathan has been posting up a storm with very little word from me; well that is because I am busy getting used to being back on the East Coast—which is awesome. I took the position of Director of User Services and Outreach at Musselman Library—Gettysburg College on January 7th. There are already doing so many amazing marketing and outreach activities at the library and I am honored to be part of their team.

I am now living in Gettysburg which is completely different than living in Tucson. But the nature is just as beautiful but totally unlike that of the Sonoran Desert. Last Sunday I took a hike and experienced the tall evergreens and babbling brooks. I can’t wait for spring to truly begin so that I can really experience what the outdoors are like here!

Early on, I noticed that everything in Gettysburg is named after the battlefield, there is a Battlefield Harley Davidson Shop, Battlefield Fries, Battlefield Holiday Inn, Battlefield anything and everything. When my friend Alex was here helping me move, we could not stop singing Pat Benatar’s “Love is a Battlefield.”

So I submit to you, for your approval, these wonderful fashions from the early 80’s.
Watching this video makes me remember how stoic singers always used to appeared in their videos.