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Lori takes govdocs to MySpace

Every once in a while we like to highlight government documents librarians who are engaging in creative documents outreach. One such person is Lori Smith of Southeastern Louisiana University. Lori has a MySpace profile complete with a fairly active blog. The profile and blog are very focused on government information and I think Lori has done a good job in selecting topics like to appeal to MySpace folks. Some of her recent topics have been:

  • Acne or Staph?
  • Still Missing
  • Get Involved!
  • Stingrays

It’s not clear to me whether Lori is doing this on her own time or as part of her official duties. While the former would be great, the latter would be cooler.

Thanks, Lori for breaking out of the “documents ghetto” and showing folks who might never walk into a depository library what their government is doing.

Full Disclosure: I consider Lori Smith a friend and I collaborated with her on Tapping state government information sources.

Do you know someone who is doing nontraditional documents outreach? Tell us! It doesn’t have be something Web 2.0 – it could be someone handing out FDLP bookmarks at the mall, or GPO Access bumper stickers, or things I can’t think of at the moment. Just something besides the traditional in-library promotions or depository flags on library web pages. While we need to keep doing those things, we need to promote outside our walls.

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