As a matter of fact, yes, I do geek.
At least according to the “Geek the Library” campaign’s application of the word, I do. From their website “geek” used as a verb means:
1. To love, to enjoy, to celebrate, to have an intense passion for.
2. To express interest in.
3. To possess a large amount of knowledge in.
4. To promote.
Repurposing words is not a new trend. At one time, “cool” was used exclusively in reference to temperature; then it became an alternate way of saying “fashionable”. Similarly, OCLC, a nonprofit library cooperative, has embraced the idea of repurposing geek as a verb and it has subsequently become the driving force behind a national campaign.
Since I am employed by the public library, I have a vested interest in the continued existence of them. Unfortunately though, not everyone understands the value of these institutions, nor the challenges they face; such as budget constraints and logistics for the services provided. This is where geekthelibrary.org comes in. By enlisting libraries across the country, and using social media and printed materials the OCLC strives to “spread the word about the vital and growing role of your public library, and to raise awareness about the critical funding issues many U.S. public libraries face”.
But don’t just take my word for it. Go geek for yourself.
Here are some ways to get your geek on:
• Visit any local APL branch during regular business hours and apply for your very own card.
There are no residence restrictions and they are applicable at all physical locations plus the virtual library.
• Visit the geekthelibrary.org to discover more about the campaign
Take the quiz on library funding, see what you can do to support public libraries and, best of all, personalize your “I geek” message.
For those of you wondering:
I geek….origami, reading, art, sports, comedy, and play.