Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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funniculee is prepared

team all the 43T librarians (read all 2 entries…)
Calling all fellow librarians, current and "pre-service"...

I have talked about getting my MLIS to a number of non-library people over the past 2 months, and in every single conversation, the other person has said something similar to:

“Hmmm, libraries – aren’t they basically obsolete/going away sometime very soon? (you know, with the Web and all…)”

Well, no. At least, I don’t think so. And there are a lot of reasons why not. But I find I have a hard time spitting out compelling reasons/defenses in these situations, that is, without resorting to library-speak and without expounding for 5 minutes or more.

I hate soundbites, but I can’t help wondering if there is a concise and impactful way to address this sort of comment. In the training for my VISTA*Americorps year, I remember that we had to practice “elevator speeches” – quick spiels we could use to explain what we were doing and why. It would be nice to have something like that at the ready.

So whaddaya think? How can I be a better advocate? What should I be saying? How can I explain the importance of libraries in 60 seconds or so, and in terms most people can understand/appreciate?


funniculee is prepared

Here's another great list addressing this very issue!

I found this via Jessamyn West’s blog.

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