Crowdsource Your Library, Engage Your Community: The What, When, Why, and How

Crowdsource Your Library, Engage Your Community: The What, When, Why, and How

by Sara A. Fiore


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This book illustrates crowdsourcing techniques that will help you to raise money and collect community knowledge so your library can be its most impactful.

This informative guide teaches you how to strengthen your library's collections and services and develop your relationships with patrons by crowdsourcing ideas, support, and skills from your community. Citing success stories from libraries across the country, it also specifies tactics that will help you to serve specific demographic groups, including children, teens, and adults.

You'll learn how to more exactly meet your patrons' needs by welcoming suggestions for improvements to your library. To raise money for special projects, you'll learn how to garner the necessary support; the author explains what types of funding campaigns are particularly suited to crowdsourcing and offers concrete steps for executing crowdfunding library initiatives. Moreover, you'll learn how to act as your community's documentarian by using crowdsourcing to gather and preserve community knowledge such as local history, providing your community with a reservoir of information from which it can draw for years to come.

  • Shows librarians how to partner with their community to succeed in a variety of endeavors, from raising money to recording community knowledge
  • Provides innovative approaches for increasing community engagement
  • Explains how to apply crowdsourcing with specific suggestions for which crowdsourcing resources may work best for different librarians

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440861116
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/24/2018
Pages: 122
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Sara A. Fiore is reference librarian at the Rogers Memorial Library in Southampton, New York. Her work has appeared in Library Journal, Public Libraries Magazine, and PLA Online.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction: Why You Need This Book and How to Use It xi

Part 1 Money, Money, Money 1

1 An Introduction to Crowdfunding 3

2 Crowdfunding with Kickstarter 7

About Kickstarter 8

End Result 12

3 Crowdfunding with Indiegogo 15

About Indiegogo 17

End Result 22

4 Crowdfunding with GoFundMe 23

About GoFundMe 24

End Result 27

5 Additional Crowdfunding Platforms 29

Fundly 29

Bonfire 30

Chuffed 31

Facebook 31

YouCaring 32

Causes 32

6 Forming Your Crowdfunding Team and Formulating Your Plan 35

Pre-Campaign 37

Kickstarter 38

Indiegogo 39

GoFundMe 39

Campaign 42

Post-Campaign 43

Web Sites and Resources 44

Part 2 Using the Wisdom of the Crowd 47

7 An Introduction to Crowdsourcing 49

Crowdsourcing Is a Community Outreach Tool 50

Crowdsourcing Is a Staff Development Tool 51

Crowdsourcing Is a Time-Saving Tool 51

Crowdsourcing Is a Library Marketing Tool 51

What It Takes 52

Get Creative 53

8 Crowdsourcing Your Collection 57

A Word about E-books 58

Making It Better 59

9 Digital Crowdsourcing 61

OCR and the Need for People 62

Library of Congress and Flickr Commons 62

Building Enthusiasm 63

Practical Considerations 64

Extending Your Reach-The Labs Project 65

NYPL-What's on the Menu? 66

10 Starting a Crowd sourced Transcription Project 69

Paid Hosting Sites 70

Open-Source Options 72

11 Crowdsourcing Adult Services 77

Living History and the StoryCorps Initiative 77

It's Still Crowdsourcing, Even If It's Not Your Project 79

12 Crowdsourcing with Teens 85

Teen Advisory Boards 85

Building and Promoting Your Teen Collection with Crowdsourcing 86

Crowdsourcing and Community Service 89

The Importance of Identifying a Need 90

Connect with and Learn from Others 91

Start Small 91

Transcription Projects with Teen Appeal 91

13 Crowdsourcing with Kids and Families 95


Sketchbook Project 97

A Library by Design 98

Programs and Collections 99

14 Forming Your Crowdsourcing Plan 101

Transcription Pre-Campaign 101

Transcription Campaign 103

Transcription Post-Campaign 104

Program Pre-Campaign 104

Program Campaign 105

Program Post-Campaign 106

Web Sites and Resources 106

Final Thoughts 111

Works Cited 113

Index 119

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