Libraries Are For Everyone: An Epic Correction

Yesterday Robbie McDuff commented on my original Libraries Are For Everyone post where he kindly requested that I make some Eastern Hemisphere globes on what I call the epic signs (the one with the ten people holding globes). I have to ashamedly admit that I had thought of it when people started responding to my images, but then let the lazy side of me win. Robbie made me step back and realize that I really should take the time to correct the North American-centric globes.

Robbie: thank you so much  for gently calling me out on this!

So I rolled up my Photoshop sleeves and spent over five hours this morning creating more vantage points on the globe and then inserting them into the epic signs. I’ll share all of the updated previous-posted versions here, and then add a link from the originals over to this post. And from this point forward, all of my signs will use what I’m calling my truly epic version of these signs.

Enjoy!

Arabic

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Arabic featuring ten diverse library patrons holding varying globes on a yellow background | hafuboti.com

Czech

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Czech featuring ten diverse library patrons holding varying globes on a yellow background | hafuboti.com

English

French

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in French featuring ten diverse library patrons holding varying globes on a yellow background | hafuboti.com

Japanese school libraries

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Japanese public/city libraries

Public or City Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Japanese featuring ten diverse library patrons holding varying globes on a yellow background | hafuboti.com

Gender-inclusive Spanish

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in gender-inclusive Spanish featuring ten diverse library patrons holding varying globes on a yellow background | hafuboti.com

Russian

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Russian featuring ten diverse library patrons holding varying globes on a yellow background | hafuboti.com

Spanish

Libraries Are For Everyone sign in Spanish featuring ten diverse library patrons holding varying globes on a yellow background | hafuboti.com

UPDATE: The fantastic Katy reached out to me and made me realize that I should also mix up the globes in the “three person” images. So, starting with the Hmong, you’ll notice this change. After I get through this first wave of translations, I’ll sneakily replace the former images with the different globs. Well, it won’t be that sneaky since I’m telling y’all. Oh well, that’s how I roll.

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.

I plan on putting this note on the bottom of all of my Libraries Are For Everyone posts so if you’ve read the above paragraph once, then you won’t need to again (unless you really want to).

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28 thoughts on “Libraries Are For Everyone: An Epic Correction

  1. You’re amazing! Thank you so much for sharing!! This rural librarian greatly appreciates your blog in general, your willingness to share your creations, and your attitude toward life. Thank you!

  2. These are awesome and multiple teacher-librarians in my school district are going to use them. I think we’re going to get the district print shop to make them for us as nice posters if that’s okay.

    • That’s more than fine!!! You should be able to show them the CC license on the side of my blog (or my note at the bottom of this post) and they should make it work. If not, then shoot me an email and I’ll write out a permission letter. :)

  3. Thank you SO MUCH–I’m a retired English teacher and just sent this to everyone I know, especially librarians. This is the most positive, strong, important statement I’ve seen since the election–I can’t even imagine the time you have spent on this project! You really are a “superhero” librarian :-)

  4. printing! we don’t live in the most diverse area, so it’s even more important to show the love for others. cheers to being all-inclusive! many thanks. <3

  5. We love these and want to display some in our college library! Our Dean wants “to vet” the translations on the ones we want to display. Would you please tell me who translated the English to Arabic and English to Spanish for you? And any credentials you could offer would be great. Thank you for such a wonderfully beautiful and inclusive creation.

    • Let me look into those translations and touch base with the translators to make sure they are comfortable sharing that information. Either way, I’ll send you an email!

  6. Thank you so much for sharing! I’m a new middle school librarian this year and can’t wait to put these everywhere to let everyone know they are welcome!

  7. A native Arabic speaker who was substituting in our building told me that the Arabic on the Libraries are for Everyone poster is incorrect. Can anyone verify?

    • I’ll see if I can find another native speaker to verify or submit a correction. These signs have been around for about 9 months and this is the first I’m hearing that it’s not right so it may be a situation where the phrasing may be different than “libraries are for everyone.”

      Thank you for reaching out to me!

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