Content from over 100 North Carolinian institutions is available online through a project that launched in April through the University of North Carolina. The Digital Public Library of America will contain content collected and released by the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center in the Wilson Library on the UNC campus as well as other participating organisations.
This is not a big story, I know. It is a press release about a service, but not something I normally cover, but it just seemed so... The headline of the article is "NC libraries put content online." I just copied and pasted that. Bravo for UNC and all their efforts, but can we step up to 21st century publications? This is an exciting and wonderful service that seems to have been given to a junior reporter or a reporter so old and jaded he/she simply copied text from a 1998 article and played MadLib with the content.
I find this a lot with library news that does not include people getting arrested or sexified. Library announcements are just... "Hey, we got some stuff so if you wanna come by we'll be here, guys..." Kicking at the dirt and waiting for their mom to invite the whole class and make the other kids play with them. It's a universal fact that the only sure fire way to have people at a library program is to offer cupcakes, so the equation to a child's birthday party is not that far off.
And I have no solution. I cannot sensationalize a program about putting things online. That's kinda what we do. But there can be a focus on what's online. Buried way down in that article, the one where you can here the butter scraping on the toast as the reporter makes the same bland breakfast, there's talk of civil rights documents and all kinds of interesting stuff. Waaaaayyyy down there.
Just... If you are going to launch a product (and we say "service," but we have to remember to sell to our patrons), find a reason you would show up and care, library people. You launched the damn thing, thought it was a good idea. Don't leave it to some reporter to be like, "Yeah, so this exists now." Hell, do the Harlem Shake or whatever the kids are doing. At least then I'd be able to comment on how out of date you are.