Spread the Word
by Dick Kaser
When we announced the theme for this issue as #library, we were hoping to get submissions about how libraries are using social media to spread the word about their initiatives—and we did. But we also heard from librarians who are sharing their stories in other ways.
One great way to do that is to publish your story here—and we’re always looking for submissions. In fact, we’ve just posted our editorial calendar for 2018. Check it out at infotoday.com/cilmag, and send us a query.
That’s exactly what the technology specialists at the Harpeth Hall School (Nashville, Tenn.) did when they proposed writing about how this private college prep school is using its makerspace to teach humanities. We were simply amazed to see what they are doing to prepare the post-Millennials for life in their tech-dominated world. See also Jan Zastrow’s article that discusses engaging students with primary sources from digital archives.
This has got to be the first issue of the magazine to feature race cars on the cover. The archivists and digital librarians at The Revs Institute offered to write up their fantastic approach to sharing (and selling) images from the institute’s collection of classic car race photos. Think your special collection can’t be self-sustaining? Think again.
Also in this issue, special librarians from the Othmer Library of Chemical History describe how they use social media to share their collection. And Jennifer Burke has condensed her stunning, lightning-fast talk from our Computers in Libraries conference earlier this year. Here, she shares her top, top picks for apps that will help you publicize and promote your library’s activities.
As a preview of what’s up for our editorial schedule for next year, columnist Terence Huwe discusses user interfaces for digital repositories. Repositories will be our focus next April, and we’re looking for submissions now. You’ll also find in this issue a preview for our Internet Librarian conference in October. I look forward to hearing from you about publishing with us and seeing you at IL ’17 in Monterey, Calif.
Dick Kaser, Executive Editor