I’m about to embark on a new library-related adventure with my always-fashionable librarian friend, April Aultman Becker. After one too many exchanges on Gmail and Google Chat, we realized that a decent chunk of our time at work involved making information look good. Despite never receiving any formal media or design training in library school, we were often trial-and-error-ing it through Photoshop, MS Publisher, and if we were really brave, Illustrator (gasp!) in order to churn out eye-catching, aesthetically pleasing flyers, handouts, web designs, or brochures advertising different aspects of our libraries.
We are, of course, not alone in this activity. Librarians everywhere are creating displays to highlight collections, designing bookmarks and other giveaways for campus fairs or orientation sessions, and developing handouts to distribute during workshops and classes. We often rely on other librarians for their critiques and input and find inspiration from the design work they do in their own libraries. Yet there really isn’t an online space for librarians to post and share their creative work.
So we’ve created a new site, Librarian Design Share, which we hope will be a source of ideas and inspiration for library creative-types everywhere.
It’s a site where librarians, library staff, and library students can showcase their creative work and make it available for others in libraries to reuse, adapt, or transform. Right now it’s populated by our own work (including an amazing infographic created by April), but we are on the hunt for submissions! We’re looking for:
- Flyers & Advertisements
- General Handouts & Brochures
- Instructional Materials
- Library Signage
- Slideshow Templates
- Web Design
- Works in Progress (feel free to ask for opinions or suggestions)
- Anything else design-related created for libraries (by librarians, library staff, or library students)
For complete submission info, check out our Submit Your Design page, and while you’re there, take a look at our FAQ section too.
Librarian Design Share is only as good as the submissions we receive and we know there’s some good stuff out there. We’re looking forward to seeing your designs!
Obviously Pinterest and I are not exclusive. Here are a few of the organizations/people in this open relationship:
The always awesome David Lee King
and (originally linked from David Lee King’s blog post):
How do you think your library and Pinterest can hit it off?
I don’t know how you feel about me, but my feelings for you have blossomed into love. I’ll admit, in the beginning I was drawn to your sleek, colorful, eye-catching appearance. Can you blame me? You know how visually appealing you are.
Thankfully I quickly discovered that there was substance behind your pretty interface. You turned me on to all kinds of previously unknown-to-me content on the web, curated by some of the people I trust most: my friends and family. You bring me closer to them, which is always important in a relationship. Thanks to you, I’ve also been introduced to new people with similar interests and design aesthetics. You’ve definitely broadened my online social circle.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention how much you’ve helped me organize my own life. You’ve given me an online space to sort through the mass of things I want to try and buy, images and websites that inspire me, and places I want to visit one day. I cannot thank you enough for giving me a place to organize my thoughts.
Yes, I will admit that you have been monopolizing much of my time lately, but like all new romances I think eventually that will fade. Eventually we will settle into a more comfortable routine of check-ins and visit, but take heart in knowing that I will always come back.
I know I am not the only one gazing at you with an admiring eye. My university’s International Education Office has recently discovered you, and the iSchool at Syracuse University is using you to issue a challenge to collect ideas on the future of librarianship. Library technology trendspotter Joe Murphy will be introducing you to a mass of librarians at this year’s Computers in Libraries conference, and I am sure that those that come to know you will love you.
Dearest Pinterest, I am looking forward to all of the new and exciting things the two of us will do together. Maybe we will create a collaborative resource board for a political science class, or a collection of visual data for a sociology project. Perhaps we will develop an online space to share new library books or highlight a visually interesting collection in our library. With you, the possibilities for new pursuits seem endless. Until then, I will continue you to visit you daily and think of ways in which our relationship can grow.