I am a Library Society of the World “Shover and Maker”
The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, defines plucky as “having or showing courage and spirit in trying circumstances”. I attribute this rather positive character trait to my title because I am brave despite my own self. At the risk of opening myself up to a world of ridicule (which would be deserved) I will tell you that the only one who keeps me from becoming THE most world-famous, most awesome librarian EVER, is me. 🙂
Despite the plaguing self-doubt that I experience almost daily, I have managed to do something in my position as Technology Librarian at the Allen County Public Library that I think is useful *and* fulfilling: I make videos of myself and put them on YouTube. Do I know how to have fun or what?
Deb Noggle, one of our branch managers sent me an e-mail the other day that was so complimentary of these videos, but she describes very well what they accomplish:
Melissa,I know I e-mail you about this almost weekly, but I just have to tell you how exciting it is watching you become the face of the ACPL. You exude knowledge, helpfulness, and a genuine friendliness in your weekly video of events. It’s really great that there is a person that patrons can watch and feel like they’re making a connection with. You talk to the camera like you are someone’s next door neighbor giving out helpful advice about what’s going on for the weekend! I really enjoy watching your spots each week, and can definitely see a progression of comfort level for you—and that is something that’s not really easy for everyone to do. It just keeps getting better and better.This is really great work. (And I will try to stop stalking you with my weekly messages!)DN
My goal in making these videos to is make a personal-feeling connection with patrons to tell them about stuff they don’t want to miss at the library. I hope that’s what they’re getting. I’m feeling pretty good about them.
When my manager asked me to start doing them, I told him, “I always wanted to do commercials!” This was not completely untrue. I grew up with TV and was a reluctant reader, and in my kid imagination I always thought it would be cool to do commercials or act. A couple of years ago, I did some community theater, and really enjoyed it. So my stagefright and camerafright, if I ever had any, are nonexistent; and I really do feel comfortable in front of the camera. I have quite an imagination, and I just try to translate that into my videos. Maybe it’s good that the childlike part of my brain never quite went away!