Nebraska: The Library State

Nebraska: The Library State about Rebecca McCorkindale's 2019 NLA Presidential candidacy, dreams, etc | hafuboti.com

Hello to all of the Nebraska library workers who may have decided to check out what Hafuboti is, who I am, or both! I hope that you have a fun time looking around my blog and using anything and everything that I share. And I do mean that I share everything under a Creative Commons license.

For my regular readers I should explain why I am hoping that a lot of Nebraskans are checking out my blog: I am running to be the Nebraska Library Association‘s President in 2019!!! YES I AM EXCITED TOO!!!

I thought everyone might be interested in learning more about my professional goal of making Nebraska The Library State. After all, it’s one of the main reasons that I decided to throw my hat into the ring. This goal came to me one day when I realized that there isn’t a U.S. state known as “The Library State,” and so why can’t my state earn that nickname?

This goal would be a really great way of unifying every single person who works in/for, volunteers at, or oversees any type of library. If we all kept this in the back of our minds while we work, we should be able to elevate our libraries and especially our library service to whole new levels. After all, every library is unique, staffed by vastly diverse workers, and is in a unique community. This sort of goal gives a leeway for it to be achieved in endless ways.

Wouldn’t it be amazing to have tourists coming from all over the world to check out our state’s libraries? Or people moving to our state because our school libraries are exceptional? People choosing to apply to our colleges because of the excellent college libraries?! Lawyers from all over jealous of our law libraries?!?!

See what I’m getting at?

It’s pretty awesome once you start thinking about it.

Have my thoughts triggered some ideas of your own? I’d love to hear about them! Feel free to comment below, or send me an email at hafuobti@gmail.com. 

Summer Hype Video 2017

I had the honor of making another video for the Washington County Cooperative Library System youth service team this summer.

A tiny bit of background on this project: the awesome Bryce from Bryce Don’t Play puts out an annual call to all library workers for fun/inspiring videos to help brighten the day of librarians who are pushed to the max during the summer months. Be sure to check out her compilation of the 2017 videos over on her blog. Watch and then think about doing one next year. Then do it.

Okay, on to my video – enjoy!

#LAFE B&W Bookmarks

The magnificent Megan in Illinois wrote me last week to share what her library’s done with my designs. And after I finished squeeeeing, I read the rest of her email. In it she asked if I would make my Libraries Are For Everyone bookmarks in black and white.

About a week later: Voila! An option for those of you who aren’t allowed to print lots of colorful things for whatever reason!

And like everything I publish on Hafuboti, please feel free to use these and modify them in any way. Also know that if you click on either of the sets you can get a pdf to download. Have fun!

Grayscale versions of the #LibrariesAreForEveryone bookmarks set one | hafuboti.com #LAFE

^^^ From top to bottom the languages are Spanish, Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Klingon, and French. The side bookmark is English.

Grayscale versions of the #LibrariesAreForEveryone bookmarks set two | hafuboti.com #LAFE

^^^From top to bottom the languages are Amharic, Filipino, Hebrew, Tamil, and Icelandic. The side bookmark is Norwegian.

LAFE bookmark blank B&W template

^^^That’s the blank template – it doesn’t look like it so I’m adding this text to help point it out.

Libraries Are For Everyone: Kinyarwanda

Here’s Julianne’s and her spectacular students’ second translation.

Thank you Julianne and students, for yet another beautiful language to help spread this message!!!

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Kinyarwanda featuring ten diverse patrons holding globes on a yellow background | hafuboti.com #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Kinyarwanda featuring three diverse patrons on a rose background | hafuboti.com #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Kinyarwanda featuring three diverse patrons on an orange background | hafuboti.com #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Kinyarwanda featuring three diverse patrons on a yellow background | hafuboti.com #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Kinyarwanda featuring three diverse patrons on a green background | hafuboti.com #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Kinyarwanda featuring three diverse patrons on a blue background | hafuboti.com #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Kinyarwanda featuring three diverse patrons on a purple background | hafuboti.com #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1

A NOTE: I am slowly working on getting my artwork uploaded onto the Wikimedia Commons for people to find it easier all the while making all of it “officially” licensed. That said – my entire blog here is under a Creative Commons Attribute/Share Alike license – so know that I both want and encourage everyone to download, share, modify, and have fun with my work!

I also want to reiterate what I’ve stated in the past since I can’t make it an exception within the license: I do not want my name (given or business) on my minimalist art. It sort of ruins the clean lines and elegance. Just don’t tell people that you’re the creator – I’m fine with you crediting it to “an awesome Punk Rock Book Jockey blogger” if you can’t recall either of my names. Or write by Hafuboti on the back in pencil if you’re worried about it. Seriously. Have fun.

Libraries Are For Everyone: Swahili

Julianne, the delightful librarian at Rochester International Academy, reached out to me with two translations. Before I get to the first (spoiler alert: it’s Swahili), I just wanted to point out her school’s AWESOME mission statement:

The Rochester International Academy is designed to facilitate the cultural and academic transition of newly arrived English Language Learners through rigorous language instruction and interdisciplinary learning in collaboration with families and community.

Isn’t that wonderful?! I am so glad that institutions like that exist in our country – we really should have more like this out there to help welcome immigrants and refugees.

Now onto the signs!

According to Julianne, there are a lot of regional versions of Swahili. But the majority of students (and one translator) agreed that this one would do.

Thank you to everyone who made this translation possible!!!

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Swahili featuring ten diverse library patrons holding globes on a yellow background | hafuboti.com #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Swahili featuring three diverse library patrons on a rose background | hafuboti.com #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Swahili featuring three diverse library patrons on an orange background | hafuboti.com #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Swahili featuring three diverse library patrons on a yellow background | hafuboti.com #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Swahili featuring three diverse library patrons on a green background | hafuboti.com #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Swahili featuring three diverse library patrons on a blue background | hafuboti.com #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Swahili featuring three diverse library patrons on a purple background | hafuboti.com #LAFE #LibrariesR4Every1

A NOTE: I am slowly working on getting my artwork uploaded onto the Wikimedia Commons for people to find it easier all the while making all of it “officially” licensed. That said – my entire blog here is under a Creative Commons Attribute/Share Alike license – so know that I both want and encourage everyone to download, share, modify, and have fun with my work!

I also want to reiterate what I’ve stated in the past since I can’t make it an exception within the license: I do not want my name (given or business) on my minimalist art. It sort of ruins the clean lines and elegance. Just don’t tell people that you’re the creator – I’m fine with you crediting it to “an awesome Punk Rock Book Jockey blogger” if you can’t recall either of my names. Or write by Hafuboti on the back in pencil if you’re worried about it. Seriously. Have fun.