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Help me photograph and interview 100 librarians [May. 29th, 2014|05:15 am]
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You may remember that I did a photo essay about librarians that went viral and started a lot of discussion (and fighting) I realized the way to fix what was wrong with that essay is to do many more photos to paint a broader picture.




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Earlier today I launched a Kickstarter to get myself to Las Vegas to photograph and interview 100 librarians at the American Library Association's annual meeting to help tell the story of why libraries are important today. My goal was to cover my plane ticket, my hotel, and the backer rewards which as of right now I'm very close to meeting. I was pretty sure I'd make that goal, but I didn't expect it to come so quickly.

I have three stretch goals in mind and I'd like to hear which ones people think I should go for first, because I think they're all important:

1) Bring a video crew to Las Vegas and make a short documentary of interviews, I think sometimes moving pictures can tell the story better than stills. This would mean I'd need to raise another $1,500 just to shoot it and some more to edit it.

2) Create a series of royalty-free stock photos of libraries and people reading that librarians can use (for free) on their web pages, brochures, signs, etc. This would be a $500 stretch goal.

3) Book Knits -- you may all know that Joan of Dark and I collaborated on a book recently called "Geek Knits" (comes out in December) which is a collection of knitting projects for geeks modeled by geek celebrities. We'd be interested in doing a followup called "Book Knits" (or something like that) which would be projects all about books. I'd love to have librarians model some of these out in the desert in Vegas for the book. If this becomes a stretch goal, we'd have .pdf patterns (with photos) as a new backer reward. This could be a $500-$1000 goal, and Joan would have to start knitting her fingers to nubbins.

Let me know, do any of these appeal to you? Or something else? Also, if there are additional backer rewards you'd like to see, let me know.

Thanks everybody, I think we're helping to make the world a better place.
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[User Picture]From: mollydot
2014-05-29 03:53 pm (UTC)

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I'd be most interested in Book Knits. Stock photos next.
[User Picture]From: jeditrilobite
2014-05-29 04:10 pm (UTC)

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If you were to create a photobook (photos + commentary from librarians) at a comparable tier, I'd love to back for one.
[User Picture]From: kylecassidy
2014-05-29 04:54 pm (UTC)

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For sure. I think the final resting place for this should be a book. But doing Print On Demands for photo books is outrageously expensive (In the $100 a copy price range for a hardback 120 pages) Then with the shipping, the overhead would be so large that someone shelling out $150 might actually net less than someone spending $20 on post-cards toward getting the project done. Hopefully I'll be able to take a completed manuscript and the history of a fabulous kickstarter to a publisher and say "see? this thing needs to be printed."
[User Picture]From: jeditrilobite
2014-05-29 05:14 pm (UTC)

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Ooh, good to know. Hopefully that'll happen. It looks like a fantastic project. I'll have to see if I can manage a pledge at some point in the near future!
[User Picture]From: ladycelia
2014-05-29 04:27 pm (UTC)

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I'd love to see the documentary get made.
[User Picture]From: lentower
2014-05-29 04:35 pm (UTC)

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Documentary most important stretch goal. It's the action that would do the most to aid and encourage libraries and librarians. Add enough to the $1500.00, to get it edited well.

Then the royalty free stock photos.

Then the Book Knits. This is a fun goal, that appeals to some people, but would do the least to help libraries and librarians. The backer reward could be added, even if this stretch goal isn't added.

awesome project! -len

Edited at 2014-05-29 04:38 pm (UTC)
[User Picture]From: tsarina
2014-05-29 06:12 pm (UTC)

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I like all of them.
[User Picture]From: lois2037
2014-05-29 08:27 pm (UTC)

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I'm a craftsperson, so I love the "Book Knits." But, really, all the stretch goals are worthy. I think you should see how much over you can get and try for all three!