Oh ya! Slam the Boards Baby!
Posted on behalf of Bill Purdue.
Librarians invade the "Answer" sites
Monday, 9/10/07–All Day
Supporting Wiki: http://answerboards.wetpaint.com
like to invite any and all interested librarians to be a little bold and have a little fun by going to online "Answer" sites, such as:
- Yahoo Answers
- Amazon’s Askville
- The WikiPedia Reference Desk
(see a list of others at http://answerboards.wetpaint.com/page/Registry+of+Answer+Boards?mail=1127)
envision a day-long answer fest. Answer as many questions as you feel
you can. 5…10…20…you decide. Just try to do what we do
well–provide answers from authoritative resources.
…and then MARKET!
This means making it clear that this question was answered by a
librarian/library professional/etc. End each answer with the mention
your own library, your VR service, etc. Add the link. Mention that
readers should consider their own libraries, too. Promote it to local
media. Keep in mind how many people don’t even realize that libraries offer reference services. Let’s surprise and delight them with our quality.
I’d like hundreds of librarians to do this. Thousands? Why not?
clear…you’ll almost certainly be helping patrons who aren’t yours,
but I see this as an opportunity to make the reference librarian
community more visible. I’d like to see a number of us remain engaged
in the answer services, on the chance that the users will have us in
the backs of their minds when they have questions they don’t want
everyone to see. As such, I’m not expecting to see a huge "blip" in our
reference/VR stats because of this. But who knows?
The point is to meet some folks where they otherwise wouldn’t expect us.
What to do next?
First of all, pass this message along to anyone who might remotely be interested.
this is a very informal "action," so you can just mark the date and
start answering, but you may also want to visit the Wiki and put your
name up as a participant: http://answerboards.wetpaint.com/page/Participating+Librarians. I’m very lonely there right now!
While you’re on the wiki, share. Think of good marketing "tags," signatures, etc. that we can use.
Most of all, visit the various answer sites, see if you need to set up an
account. Try answering a few questions. A couple of us have already
done this and we’ve already got a few "Best Answers" under our belts.
See the "Exemplary Answers" section of the Wiki. Post one if you’ve got
Then, on September 10, get ready to "Slam the Boards!"