Circulating Ideas began as a podcast to share the innovative ideas and projects that librarians are creating to keep libraries vibrant and relevant in the 21st century. The show has spanned more than 60 hours of content with more than 100 librarians and library supporters and now I'd love to do more to make the show's content more accessible and searchable. This Kickstarter campaign will allow for the transcription of the show's content which will be made available for free on the website and as a DRM-free ebook.
The campaign is funded! Hooray! In our final 24 hours, let's see if we can hit any stretch goals:
$4000 - a new essay from law librarian Dolly Moehrle will be in the ebook
$5000 - a new essay from Clive Thompson (Wired, New York Times Magazine) will be in the ebook
As an added bonus for full-funding, Dolly and I will launch a new library-themed podcast called Withdrawn! Coming soon! As a thanks for full-funding, all backers will receive this sticker:
This Kickstarter campaign's initial goal will fund the transcription of the podcast's archives. Accurate transcription is a time-consuming and skilled task, so the audio will be sent to a professional transcriber and then edited together by me and volunteers.
Episode One with guest Buffy Hamilton has already been transcribed. Here's a preview:
The campaign will also provide backers with the opportunity to get a collected ebook edition of the transcripts called Recirculated. The DRM-free ebook will feature a new introduction by R. David Lankes, professor at Syracuse University's iSchool and author of The Atlas of New Librarianship, Expect More, and the upcoming Radical’s Guide to New Librarianship. The ebook will initially be available as a PDF and other formats will follow as stretch goals. The transcripts will later be available individually on the website but backers will have exclusive first looks.
In addition, this Kickstarter's initial goal will fund payment for the show's new logo design by the awesome graphic designer John LeMasney!
My previous Kickstarter was 150% funded and I can do it again, but only with your help.
HIGH FIVE - You get a high five: virtual or IRL.
STICKER - You get this sticker:
RIBBON - Want to let vendors know at your next conference that you really can't buy their stuff?
EXCLUSIVE CONTENT - You get cool, fun audio from past guests, exclusive to Kickstarter backers.
EBOOK - You get the Recirculated ebook.
COMBO - All of the above (yes, including the ribbon, even though it's not mentioned over there on the right!)
WEARABLE COMBO - Impress your friends with your fashion sense with this awesome t-shirt (in white or black) + the Combo rewards.
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER - You get to see the Upcoming Guests list and make suggestions for questions and for other guests to be added to the list.
PRODUCER - You call all the shots on an upcoming episode.
GHOST OF ANDREW CARNEGIE - You've got money to burn, and I thank you.
Risks and challenges
I have run a successful Kickstarter project in the past, I have put together electronic publications, and I have done a few test transcriptions. However, things happen. Equipment and rewards could increase in cost or become unavailable between the start and end of the campaign, which would limit what I could reasonably purchase, and though I've been conservative with my estimates, transcription costs could also be higher than expected.
Additionally, I could move to New Zealand, which might limit the time I could spend working on the show, depending on how long it takes me to shear a sheep.
Podcasts could go the way of 8-track tapes, which would hamper my ability to create a successful one.
Finally, aliens could always invade Earth, which would probably not be good for the future of the podcast (unless the aliens have a librarian as part of their crew, then SCORE!).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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