literature

In which John Green is Awesome

“Adult librarians are like lazy bakers: their patrons want a jelly doughnut, so they give them a jelly doughnut. Children’s librarians are ambitious bakers: ‘You like the jelly doughnut? I’ll get you a jelly doughnut. But you should try my cruller, too. My cruller is gonna blow your mind, kid.” –John Green

I was talking with some friends about social media guru’s (specifically Wil Wheaton, as I just finished watching The Guild– long story) and one of the people who I think should be mentioned is John Green. Caveat- I haven’t actually read any of his very popular and well respected books, however I have been a huge follower of his many video blogs and mental floss work.

His social media work is relevant to libraries, as he promotes literature (he is an author after all) and lifelong learning through the type of video blogging that he does, which is educational in nature. He’s also spend some time thinking about copyright (see video below) and defending libraries vis-à-vis copyright. So I encourage you to check out his social media work in addition to his novels and I think it’s worth considering whether libraries can get in on social media to encourage lifelong learning in a similar way.