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05/30/2014

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While the Selby selfie might never get quite as many views as the one Ellen Degeneres took at the Oscars, it was for a worthy cause. NASA's Global Selfie project was designed to encourage environmental awareness and rec- ognize the agency's ongoing efforts to protect our home planet. After photos were submitted from around the world, NASA created a "Global Selfie" mosaic. That mosaic was built with more than 36,000 individual photographs drawn from about 50,000 images tagged #GlobalSelfie and posted on or close to Earth Day on several social media sites. Bates-Weir organized the Selby selfie after seeing a post about NASA's Global Selfie proj- ect on the agency's Twitter feed. "We took the photo real fast so we could be done before the library [opened]," she told The Sarasota News Leader. The project highlights how social media can draw people together. "The reason anybody is on social media is to try to make a connection with other people, and I thought, especially in the last month or so, I've been trying to have the library's Twitter account make more of a connection than we have in the past," Bates-Weir added. "I thought this is a great way to commem- orate Earth Day and a neat way to make a connection with staff and our patrons — and the whole world, too." The Selby Library staff portrait did garner some local attention, as well, with 612 people having seen the image on the county library service's Facebook page. Bates-Weir also encouraged staff members at six other county libraries to snap and sub- mit selfies. Those that participated were the North Sarasota, Gulf Gate, Sarasota County Historical Resource Center, Venice and Elsie Quirk public libraries. % NASA's 'global selfie' incorporated more than 36,000 images. Image courtesy of NASA Sarasota News Leader May 30, 2014 Page 37

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