Announcing: The #GPOML Contest
This week I hit my 3rd anniversary on tumblr. I felt like I got in on the ground floor of something special: a burgeoning new community of energized, creative librarians sharing ideas, inspiration, and educating each other. It’s been fun, I’ve met great people, and I’ve learned so, so much.
I’ve occasionally promoted the #GPOML hashtag: gratuitous picture of my library. The first time was in response to the endless pictures of the grand libraries that circulate tumblr constantly: the reading room of the NYPL, Trinity College Dublin, and all those other grandiose spaces. Don’t get me wrong: I love those, but I wanted to see photos of your libraries, from your eyes, the way they work for you.
So here’s the contest: anytime in the month of December, share a picture of your library on tumblr and tag it #gpoml. The photo can be:
- the exterior;
- a grand space inside;
- a close-up of a display;
- an architectural feature;
- a cozy reading nook;
- you at a service desk; or…
- anything, really.
Use what you think is important, arty, interesting, or worth sharing. Something you like about your library.
- don’t post a photo of patrons unless you have their permission;
- take the picture yourself;
- you can enter more than one photo in the contest, but don’t spam us, ok?
- you don’t have to follow me to participate.
- you can include a blurb about your library, or not: up to you!
If there’s going to be a contest, there has to be a winner, right?
I’m going to assemble a crack team of judges to help me pick a winner (I haven’t asked them yet, but they’ll say yes). We’ll announce the winner in early January.
What does the winner get? The legendary Baker & Taylor “cat” tote bag photographed above, delivered in the mail. And bragging rights.
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