May 9, 2021

Kansas: Staff at Topeka & Shawnee Public Library Channel Their “Inner Taylor Swift” in New Video

The parody of Taylor Swift’s megahit “Shake it Off” is titled “Check it Out”.

Kudos to all involved. The video looks and sounds great!

This video already has massive viewership! More than 10,000 views in just over 24 hours.

UPDATE:  Learn About the Making of the Video

Many thanks to Kyle Moreland and David Lee King [DLK] (yes, THE David Lee King) at Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library for writing and providing infoDOCKET with a bit of background about the video and how it came to be.

The original idea came out of a meeting with the 20s/30s team (DLK – a team at our library focused on attracting young adults to the library).

I rewrote the lyrics and came up with the video concept (and weaved the many Taylor Swift references into it).

A local singer/library customer named Ashley Young recorded vocals. The video was shot during three Sunday mornings in Feb/Mar when the library was closed (DLK – we open at noon on Sundays).

The final shoot involved the 80 person flashmob comprised mostly of community members and library staff. The actual shooting and editing was done by community members Blake Kresge and Josh Mabry, both of whom work in video/media.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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