There’s a new website in town, and we think you should know about it!
Rachel Black, a recent graduate of the University of Iowa School of Library & Information Science, has started a new local website project.
“I started a website, called “At Your Local Library,” which I wanted to use to kind of, challenge perceptions of librarians and libraries. When I was doing my research, I realized that a lot of people just don’t see their library as an active agent in their community.” -Rachel Black, 2016
Rachel describes how she got her inspiration for the website from the well known website called “Humans of New York,” and how that type of approach could be used to introduce the community to their local libraries, and more specifically, to the people who work within them.
“I really wanted this site to reach people who don’t really think about their libraries, who aren’t already passionate about them, or don’t realize what a great resource they are.” -Rachel Black, 2016
To gather content for the website, Rachel conducted and transcribed interviews with librarians in the state of Iowa, releasing each interview to the public in segments that gradually reveal how that librarian and their library benefit their local community.
“I wanted the post to be something that the librarian who was talking to me was passionate about. At the end of the day, what is their message? I would take these themes that kept cropping up, and I would try to create an overall story.” -Rachel Black, 2016
In this podcast, Rachel also speaks on some of the logistics involved in putting together a project like this and presenting it to the Library and Information Science faculty. Rachel hopes to one day obtain funding that will allow her to continue this site in the future.