Every day, I see something amazing and creative that people have done online with photos, audio or video content. Whether they are creating something totally new or remixing things to develop something that the original creator had never envisioned, I am just blown away at what the Web now allows us to do creatively.

Since my book is about social software, I thought it would be fun to have a promotional contest that is all about the creative outlets that social software has given us. So I talked to the folks at Information Today about sponsoring a Social Software in Libraries Alternative Book Cover Contest and I created a group in Flickr for it.

What do you think the cover of a book called Social Software in Libraries should look like? Create an alternative cover for the book and add it to this group. The people with the three best (most original, most on-topic, most artistic, or funniest!) covers will each receive a signed copy of the book Social Software in Libraries: Building Collaboration, Communication and Community Online by Meredith G. Farkas. The winners will be announced at the Computers in Libraries conference (April 16-18), but you don’t have to be there to win. And you certainly don’t have to be a librarian to enter.

I know there are many really creative people in our profession (and related professions), so I hope you will consider creating something for the contest.

My book is now on Amazon and should be up on the Information Today site sometime this week for pre-ordering. My mother just told me the other day that when I was very young, she went to a fortune teller (not sure why since she’s a pretty skeptical person) who told her that her daughter was going to grow up and write a book. She said she dismissed the idea because “how likely was that going to happen?”

Anything is possible. :)