This coming Wednesday, Sophie Brookover from LibraryLinkNJ and I will be hitting the road to do a version of the Great Library Roadshow here in New Jersey. We have finalized our schedule and will be visiting three very different libraries: Atlantic City Free Public Library, Rancocas Valley High School in Mount Holly, and the Nilsa Cruz-Perez Branch within the Paul Robeson Library of Rutgers in Camden. We’ll be taking in the archives that fuel the look of the HBO Series Boardwalk Empire, a high school working with the latest technologies, and an academic-public cooperative library. We are stoked at the complete variety of libraries we’ll be visiting and all the great things they have going on.
This smaller scale version of the Great Library Roadshow came about after a conversation with Josh Hadro at Library Journal at the Public Library Association Conference back in March. Having just marshaled Patrick Sweeney and Lisa Carlucci Thomas up the East Coast, he had expressed the hope that other people would take up their own road trips and document them as well.
Challenge accepted, Josh.
While Sophie and I will not embark on a multi-day multi-state trip, we will be going from the Shore to the Delaware. Between locations, we’ll be tweeting and tumbling New Jersey trivia and pictures along the way. It will be more about New Jersey than you ever thought you’d know; and if you’re a native like me, it might have some things you never knew!
Here’s how you can follow along in our travels.
Sophie Brookover (@librarylinknj)
Andy Woodworth (@wawoodworth)
Hashtags: #njsd12, #NJlibraryroadshow
Everyone is encouraged to ask Sophie and/or me questions and we’ll be answering them as the day goes on using the #NJlibraryroadshow hastag. If you’re not on Twitter, you can ask us on the Tumblr site. We will get back to you (eventually). Promise!
We won’t be the only teams out on the road. The New Jersey State Library will be sending out people to visit libraries in the northern end of New Jersey. We couldn’t possibly cover it all in one day and remain sane. They will be posting to the Tumblr account as well so there will be a ton of content going up over the course of the day.
If you’re a New Jersey librarian and your library is not participating yet, it’s easy! Here’s how!