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Authors, Libraries & Kudos for Baldacci

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Both Rebecca and I have written about author David Baldacci. In 2010, Rebecca wrote a post about supporting libraries, Rock Aid for Libraries:

“So many of our leaders, authors, speakers have known community libraries as a safe haven and education hub that you would think they would step up to the plate to find creative solutions to funding community libraries, the cornerstone of an informed democracy. Author, David Baldacci (I’ve written about him before) is very impressive with his Wish You Well Foundation which has funded many family literacy programs. But we need many, many more foundations and other funding sources for libraries.”

I mentioned him in a 2008 post on project management, “Thanks, David, for a great summer thriller and illustration of how the net can further PM in a nanosecond. Discerning what is true (facts) and finding quality information will always be a challenge and information professionals will always have a role in the process and in teaching others to beware.”

I just read Baldacci’s new novel, The Last Mile, and was pleased to see him include, “…they built a public library. You know people who read are a lot more tolerant and open-minded than those who don’t.” “Great, so let’s get everybody in the world a library card”!!! For sure, I agree!! And of course the librarian added, “Make a reader early, you make one for life.”

Every little bit helps and it was great to I was pleased the see that Knight News Challenge is funding

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Rock aid for libraries?

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We all know the economy has devastated many people and organizations but to crush one of the basic learning, literacy, and community services — yes libraries — is really unimaginable. So many colleagues and friends have felt the effects, but there will be more. Check out this article about the budget crunch for libraries in the US.

So many of our leaders, authors, speakers have known community libraries as a safe haven and education hub that you would think they would step up to the plate to find creative solutions to funding community libraries, the cornerstone of an informed democracy. Author, David Baldacci (I’ve written about him before) is very impressive with his Wish You Well Foundation which has funded many family literacy programs. But we need many, many more foundations and other funding sources for libraries.

Many information professionals have serious music backgrounds, so I’ve been thinking that we need a rock concert to raise funds for libraries — it’s been done for famine, natural disasters, so why not human disasters? What do you think? Could we get it going?

Perception Management (PM)

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An interesting concept. Apparently the US Department of Defense has a definition of PM in one of its manuals; and many public relations firms offer PM as one of their services. According to David Baldacci in an author’s note in his recent book, The Whole Truth:

PMs are not spin doctors because they don’t spin facts. They create facts and then sell them to the world as the truth. An that, to quote then venerable Mark Twain (who wouldv’e had a field day with the PM guys), is the difference between the lightning bug and lightning…..by using these methods, a major untruth can be established so quickly and overwhelmingly across the world that no digging by anyone after the fact can make a dent in the public consciousness that it actually isn’t true at all. And that’s precisely what makes it so dangerous.

Thanks, David, for a great summer thriller and illustration of how the net can further PM in a nanosecond. Discerning what is true (facts) and finding quality information will always be a challenge and information professionals will always have a role in the process and in teaching others to beware.

I heard David speak at a conference in 2005, and was very impressed and when I learned about his foundation, Wish You Well Foundation, and all the good work he does, I was even more impressed. Not only a good writer with great reads (love his books), he is a good man. Check him out.

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