The Big Moment in the History of Austin Public Library

From the New Central Library photo album, APL Flickr.

The Big Moment in the History of Austin Public Library

Blog post by Cesar
Monday, April 3, 2017

I had a blast sitting down with APL Volumes, our weekly radio show that airs on KOOP 91.7 FM and streams at KOOP.org. Here’s the current lineup Wednesdays at 7 PM. In Episode 21 (playable below), I was joined by my coworkers Mike Wheat (the host) and Michael Harle, a children’s program specialist at Faulk Central Library.

I got to introduce myself as a reference librarian (ask us questions!), social media enthusiast and fan of the band Bon Iver. But more importantly, I got to talk about the Library’s Social Media Ambassadors program, an online group of library supporters who help raise awareness of APL through shares, retweets, hearts, likes, reactions and more.

Our Social Media Ambassadors will be allies in what I describe on the show as the Big Moment in the History of Austin Public Library – the opening of the New Central Library. Yes, it’s been delayed, but I don’t get down about that because I remember what the Library's John Gillum said to the Austin Chronicle in 2015: “We want this library to last. We're building a 100-year building... Nobody builds like that – nobody builds for the ages anymore, but we do.”

One hundred years. Think about it: when the New Central Library opens, it’s going to be there to serve you for the rest of your natural life. That’s big! One way to get ready is to become a Social Media Ambassador. You’ll have to listen to Episode 21 to find out what we’re planning at the new library for our ambassadors. Sign up here. Listen to APL Volumes on Soundcloud and iTunes.