Monday, September 29, 2008

Banned Books Week 2008

This is so incredible, I can't get over it and I can't account for my own success this morning. I came into work for a few hours yesterday and assembled my Banned Books Week display and Web site. I sent out an e-mail to all faculty, staff, and students inviting them to vote for their favorite banned book on our Web site. This morning I had 95 e-mails waiting for me, 90 of them were votes. I thought maybe one person voted many times, or that we had gotten spammed, but almost all of them are unique votes by our own community. I have never had nearly so many votes in an entire week, let alone a single day. The highest number was two years ago when I got 72.

The only think that I can attribute to myself is the animated advertisement I put on our Web site in addition to the e-mail I sent out with the subject "Sex, profanity, and immorality at the Snowden Library!" But can that make all the difference?


Anonymous said...

Wow, now _there's_ an email subject line that I could NOT get away with sending at my conservative Catholic college. :-) That aside, it's great that you got such a high response rate!


Mary said...

Yes, I was surprised my conservative boss was alright with it the first time I proposed it!

Jenn said...

I love the "Sex, profanity, and immorality at the Snowden Library!" heading! It's amazing what little creative titling will do-- I have to remind myself of this while blogging, but I could definitely stand to apply to emails, too.

Thanks for the inspiration, Mary!