Libraries Are For Everyone: American Sign Language

Both Brandi and another librarian suggested that I make an ASL set of signs. I wasn’t sure how I could do this, so I put out a request for help on my personal Facebook account, and I ended up having a very interesting discussion about representation vs. “othering.” We never came to a confident conclusion, so if there is a member of the Deaf community who would like to let me know your thoughts on this, then please comment on this post or send me an email at hafuboti@gmail.com . If these signs are in any way offensive, then I want to know so that I can remove them or make any suggested adjustments.

Courtney, one of my dear librarian friends, shared this font with me so that I could represent ASL through fingerspelling.

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).