Stacks & Facts is creating videos about Libraries and Information Science
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patrons

$242
per month
It all starts with a question: how can I help make education accessible for everyone?

In 2014 I left my job as an intelligence analyst for the US Navy. The work was important, but I knew that long-term, I wanted to support education. So, I packed up some equipment and clothes, and spent four months traveling across North America and Europe interviewing YouTubers who make quality educational content. I wanted to see how my very particular set of skills might fit into their mission of making the world a better place. It was great, and fun, and enriching. And in the end, I realized that a lot of them were already taken care of.

The biggest hurdles, I realized, weren't supply-side but demand-side. Online educational content exists in big quantities, but there are lots of obstacles to getting access to it in a meaningful way, and if I was gonna Liam Neeson this problem, then maybe that was the angle to tackle it from. So I looked at options that fit with my skill set and found this field called Library & Information Science. It seemed like a good fit -- looking at how people and information interact (with each other -- so in 2016 I moved to Canada, started my Master's in Library and Information Studies, and started learning.

And then I fell in love with libraries (you could say I've really been taken by them). I always knew that libraries were rad places, but until I was studying the field I had no idea just how much they do that never makes the news. What does make the news is how often and easily libraries get de-funded because people don't see their value, though. So mid-way through my program, I decided to do something about it.

Now, I make videos that talk about how badass libraries and librarians are. (spoilers: very badass). That means helping people understand the tangibles and the intangibles: I talk about books, but I also talk about information, privacy, and tattoos -- because they're all related. 

Your support helps make sure I can put out the best videos possible. It means:
- Researched & well-written scripts
- Regular uploads
- High-quality video
- Field trips to badass libraries
- Interviews with badass librarians

Now. If you read all of that stuff above, you're surely invested by now -- so consider becoming a patron! As little as $3 a month will get you a digital library card and all the perks that come along with that, not to mention the warm-fuzzies of knowing that you're helping people everywhere learn. And best of all, no fines for overdue books. So what are you waiting for?
Tiers
Bibliophile
$1 or more per month 4 patrons
DOLLARS AND SENSE: The research is clear: for every dollar spent on a library, they provide back an average of $5 but up to $10 back to their community in value!

If you donate a dollar, you're giving me the digital thumbs up! And you know what? I'll give you one RIGHT BACK, along with access to Patreon-only stuff like the occasional rambly thought and question to the audience! And I'll drop you a note of thanks. :)
Patron
$3 or more per month 7 patrons
DID YOU KNOW? Most public libraries are mainly funded by their local governments through taxes. The rates vary, but it can look like about $3 for every $1000 of assessed value on property taxes. And for every dollar spent on a library, they'll provide back an average of $5 but up to $10 back to their community in value!


 For $3 a month, you help me serve the information needs of the world. In return, you'll get:

- a digital library card 

- a personal note of thanks

- access to Patron-only content! Surveys, spontaneous hangouts, rambly posts, Q&A's.

Friend of the Library
$10 or more per month 5 patrons
LIBRARY FACT: Community organizations often exist to help raise money for libraries. These organizations, usually called "Friends of the Library" or "Library Foundations," organize fundraisers like book drives, raffles, and dinners to help fund their library's programming and special events.


$10 will make you a true friend of Stacks & Facts! You'll get:
- a physical library card mailed to you!

- a digital library card

- a personal note of thanks

- access to FoL Content! Q&A's, design input on the library card, book recommendations...

Trustee
$25 or more per month 3 of 12 patrons
TRUST EXERCISE: While a library operates by naught but the hard work of its staff, they are often run by a Board of Directors or Trustees, who make big decisions that generally involve money and long-term planning. Trustees are usually community partners who are invested, emotionally or financially, in the library.


For $25 a month, you'll get:

- a signed certificate of Trusteeship, 

- access to the Board Room, where you, the other trustees, and I will discuss the future of the channel and I will seek your input

- a physical library card

- a digital library card

Grant-Giver
$100 or more per month 1 of 4 patrons
APPLY YOURSELF: While libraries primarily rely on local taxes for their operations, oftentimes they will also apply for grants through local and national organizations for special programs that they can't otherwise afford. Applying for grants is a major investment in time and money by libraries and typically have reporting requirements tied to them, but when they pay off, they make big things happen.

For $100 dollars, you'll get:

- regular digital correspondence from me to you personally!

- a handwritten letter from me 3x a year reporting on how your money let me do good things with the channel

- a physical library card

- a digital library card

Private Donor
$500 or more per month 0 of 1 patrons
IF YOU LIKE IT THEN YOU AUGHTTA PUT YOUR NAME ON IT: Not all heroes wear capes, sometimes they settle for a plaque. When you go to a library and find a room (or the entire library) named after someone or something, it's because someone cared enough to give a big, transformative gift.

For $500 dollars:

- I'll name my workspace after you, and mention you in every video/link to your online presence (pending my review & approval) 

- we'll be in touch

You'll also receive:
-a note of thanks

- a physical library card

- a digital library card

ORIGIN STORY
$1,000 or more per month 0 patrons
IN THE BEGINNING: Andrew Carnegie (yes, the Carnegie Hall one) is credited with making public libraries A Big Thing, particularly in the United States. From 1883 to 1929, he donated money to help over 2,509 libraries get started.

For $1,000: 

Email me -- let's talk.

Goals
$242 of $250 per month
Once a week, it'll be a hot-take hangout between me and the Patrons on Google Hangouts! I'll bring some topics to talk about, but I want you to bring the questions!
4 of 7
It all starts with a question: how can I help make education accessible for everyone?

In 2014 I left my job as an intelligence analyst for the US Navy. The work was important, but I knew that long-term, I wanted to support education. So, I packed up some equipment and clothes, and spent four months traveling across North America and Europe interviewing YouTubers who make quality educational content. I wanted to see how my very particular set of skills might fit into their mission of making the world a better place. It was great, and fun, and enriching. And in the end, I realized that a lot of them were already taken care of.

The biggest hurdles, I realized, weren't supply-side but demand-side. Online educational content exists in big quantities, but there are lots of obstacles to getting access to it in a meaningful way, and if I was gonna Liam Neeson this problem, then maybe that was the angle to tackle it from. So I looked at options that fit with my skill set and found this field called Library & Information Science. It seemed like a good fit -- looking at how people and information interact (with each other -- so in 2016 I moved to Canada, started my Master's in Library and Information Studies, and started learning.

And then I fell in love with libraries (you could say I've really been taken by them). I always knew that libraries were rad places, but until I was studying the field I had no idea just how much they do that never makes the news. What does make the news is how often and easily libraries get de-funded because people don't see their value, though. So mid-way through my program, I decided to do something about it.

Now, I make videos that talk about how badass libraries and librarians are. (spoilers: very badass). That means helping people understand the tangibles and the intangibles: I talk about books, but I also talk about information, privacy, and tattoos -- because they're all related. 

Your support helps make sure I can put out the best videos possible. It means:
- Researched & well-written scripts
- Regular uploads
- High-quality video
- Field trips to badass libraries
- Interviews with badass librarians

Now. If you read all of that stuff above, you're surely invested by now -- so consider becoming a patron! As little as $3 a month will get you a digital library card and all the perks that come along with that, not to mention the warm-fuzzies of knowing that you're helping people everywhere learn. And best of all, no fines for overdue books. So what are you waiting for?

Recent posts by Stacks & Facts

Tiers
Bibliophile
$1 or more per month 4 patrons
DOLLARS AND SENSE: The research is clear: for every dollar spent on a library, they provide back an average of $5 but up to $10 back to their community in value!

If you donate a dollar, you're giving me the digital thumbs up! And you know what? I'll give you one RIGHT BACK, along with access to Patreon-only stuff like the occasional rambly thought and question to the audience! And I'll drop you a note of thanks. :)
Patron
$3 or more per month 7 patrons
DID YOU KNOW? Most public libraries are mainly funded by their local governments through taxes. The rates vary, but it can look like about $3 for every $1000 of assessed value on property taxes. And for every dollar spent on a library, they'll provide back an average of $5 but up to $10 back to their community in value!


 For $3 a month, you help me serve the information needs of the world. In return, you'll get:

- a digital library card 

- a personal note of thanks

- access to Patron-only content! Surveys, spontaneous hangouts, rambly posts, Q&A's.

Friend of the Library
$10 or more per month 5 patrons
LIBRARY FACT: Community organizations often exist to help raise money for libraries. These organizations, usually called "Friends of the Library" or "Library Foundations," organize fundraisers like book drives, raffles, and dinners to help fund their library's programming and special events.


$10 will make you a true friend of Stacks & Facts! You'll get:
- a physical library card mailed to you!

- a digital library card

- a personal note of thanks

- access to FoL Content! Q&A's, design input on the library card, book recommendations...

Trustee
$25 or more per month 3 of 12 patrons
TRUST EXERCISE: While a library operates by naught but the hard work of its staff, they are often run by a Board of Directors or Trustees, who make big decisions that generally involve money and long-term planning. Trustees are usually community partners who are invested, emotionally or financially, in the library.


For $25 a month, you'll get:

- a signed certificate of Trusteeship, 

- access to the Board Room, where you, the other trustees, and I will discuss the future of the channel and I will seek your input

- a physical library card

- a digital library card

Grant-Giver
$100 or more per month 1 of 4 patrons
APPLY YOURSELF: While libraries primarily rely on local taxes for their operations, oftentimes they will also apply for grants through local and national organizations for special programs that they can't otherwise afford. Applying for grants is a major investment in time and money by libraries and typically have reporting requirements tied to them, but when they pay off, they make big things happen.

For $100 dollars, you'll get:

- regular digital correspondence from me to you personally!

- a handwritten letter from me 3x a year reporting on how your money let me do good things with the channel

- a physical library card

- a digital library card

Private Donor
$500 or more per month 0 of 1 patrons
IF YOU LIKE IT THEN YOU AUGHTTA PUT YOUR NAME ON IT: Not all heroes wear capes, sometimes they settle for a plaque. When you go to a library and find a room (or the entire library) named after someone or something, it's because someone cared enough to give a big, transformative gift.

For $500 dollars:

- I'll name my workspace after you, and mention you in every video/link to your online presence (pending my review & approval) 

- we'll be in touch

You'll also receive:
-a note of thanks

- a physical library card

- a digital library card

ORIGIN STORY
$1,000 or more per month 0 patrons
IN THE BEGINNING: Andrew Carnegie (yes, the Carnegie Hall one) is credited with making public libraries A Big Thing, particularly in the United States. From 1883 to 1929, he donated money to help over 2,509 libraries get started.

For $1,000: 

Email me -- let's talk.