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Monday, January 16, 2012


Justin meets the Dutch
guys for the first time in NJ.
A couple weeks ago I asked a few friends to help launch an international campaign to help our friends, Erik and Jaap by raising $10,000 to lend a hand for their weekly video program, This Week in Libraries. 

Our team consists of Jan Holmquist (Denmark) and Mylee Joseph (Australia). From the United States we have the west coast represented by Justin Hoenke, east coast by Loida Garcia Febo and the south by me. 

Me in my official LBI Tour shirt
The first time I met Erik and Jaap blew my mind. Traveling across the US, they told the kind of stories about libraries that made me want share with everyone I met. They introduced me to people who were doing amazing things, people who I still turn to for inspiration. Not only are the speakers amazing, Erik insists on asking the hard questions and delves to find answers that help us to think about what libraries need to do to exist into the future. One of my favorite segments was when they took us into the Media Literacy Event. At first I just listened but before it was over I was scribbling notes as fast as I could type. That's what happens when you listen to TWIL.

Now it’s our chance to help out.  By supporting the “Help TWIL” campaign, you can keep the cameras rolling. Everyone who donates can have their name and country listed on an episode of TWIL as a public Thank You! Anonymous donations is also possible.

All you need to do is: 
1. Go to Help TWIL  and click the donation button on the top of this page and donate via the PayPal accounts that have been set up for this special initiative. It is quick and easy.
2. Make a video to encourage your friends to join us and send us the link- we'll post it to the page
3. Like us on Facebook 
 Please pass this along to your colleagues! Thank you for your support for Help TWIL. -Nancy 

Pictures from their visit to NJ- enjoy! 

PS - A special thanks to my friend and blogging buddy,  Kathy Dempsey, for her help. Did you know she was the editor of their book and has been their American agent? She's been a huge help working with Erik and Jaap to keep the lines of communication open! Thanks Kathy.

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1 comment:

~Kathy Dempsey said...

Nancy, the campaign that you & your team started is just wonderful. People from several countries have already begun making donations to Help TWIL.

I have been privileged to work with Jaap and Erik on their book (ShanachieTour: A Library Road Trip Across America) and now to represent their interests on this side of the pond as their North American Sponsorship Agent. They're changing the library world with their fearless innovation and can-do attitude. They deserve our support for This Week In Libraries.

Congrats and thanks to you, Jan, Mylee, Loida, and Justin for stepping up on their behalf.