Several weeks before the #LibrariesR4Every1 signs existed, I had been playing around with the universal library symbol (yes, I know how to party in my free time). I stumbled across them today, and realized that I should set them free and into the world for anyone to use.
Like with everything else on this blog, these are under a Creative Commons Share-Alike license. So have fun with them! And like I say with any of my minimalist work – you do *not* have to put either my name or my business name on them. If people want to know who created the original, then they can ask and/or find out pretty quickly with an internet search.
Like with anything I share, I’d love to see how you’re using it! Feel free to post links in the comments, or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the bestest-best things that has happened as a result of having this blog is that I get to connect with librarians from all over the world. It’s just flat-out awesome. And sometimes those connections lead to a collaboration like what just recently happened with Julie Syler and Ashley Jones from the Saline County Library in Benton, Arkansas. They were preparing for National Library Legislative Day, and wanted to use my images. One thing led to another and we ended up making some pretty sharp-looking images for the occasion. (coughHUMBLEBRAGcoughcough)
Because we all love to share, we decided to post our creations here for anyone/everyone to use!
Without further ado – click on, download, and use any or all of the following images:
Get an updated version of the above sign (with global variety) by following this link.
There you have it: something that I would not have done if someone hadn’t reached out to me! (hint-hint eyebrow wiggle)
I’d love to know if you or your library end up using any or all of these signs either in the comments here, or by emailing me at email@example.com. Otherwise, I just plan on making high-pitched EEP! noises if/when I come across one of these in the wild (like as a profile pic or some such thing).
THE FREE FONT THAT I USED
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).
You could also call this post the fourth unofficial Build a Better Artwork post since I could totally see these being put out for a passive coloring program OR a SUPER SPECIAL FILL-IN-THE-LOGO WITH HOW TO BUILD A BETTER WORLD OR SOME SUCH COMMUNITY ART PROJECT WHERE YOU THEN CUT OUT THE IMAGE AND PUT THEM IN WINDOWS OR AROUND TOWN BECAUSE THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS!!!!!!
Without further ado:
The perfect library coloring sheet!
I’d absolutely love to see any and all of the creative things you do with this! Send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and you’ll get a pretty quick response of me freaking out in the best way possible and/or me crying with overwhelming happiness. Try me.
The fabulous Heidi L. can now attest to the fact that I will quickly freak out about her creative idea. I loved it so much that I asked permission to share it here, and she said yes!
Here’s how I’d like to use your line art graphic…. I’d like to distribute it to the local elementary school and have an art contest- give them the theme “Build a Better World” and a copy of the graphic. The winner gets their graphic put on our library’s summer reading brochure.
If you’re a librarian or a Punk Rock Book Jockey prepping for the upcoming CSLP theme of Build a Better World, and you don’t want to use the artwork provided (or want to beef up what’s provided), then do I have some art for you! Also, don’t feel limited by this summer’s theme with these images. Please feel free to use any and all of these to support libraries!
Be sure to check out Part One here.
I must give a HUGE shout-out to both Angie and Bryce for brainstorming ideas to represent PWD. These images would not be as diverse if I had not had their help.
I will be posting a bonus set of images very soon! I realized that there was an easy Photoshop tweak to up the usefulness of this artwork. Heh.
And here they are!
Feel free to click on any and all of the following images to get a super-high-res version that you can download and use:
A huge thank you to all my friends for their feedback on each of these images. This time around I sought opinions on potential issues before posting in case I made an unintentionally insensitive image. That said: if we all failed to catch something, then please let me know either in the comments or via email at email@example.com.
Finally, it’s very appreciated, though not required to send me a thank you donation for sharing my artwork. Just click on the donation link on the sidebar of this site and you’ll be taken to my Paypal.
Since accepting Storytime Underground’s Resolve to Rock several years ago (but in my own sparkly way), I have come to look forward to January’s reflection and goal setting. I’ve never been a fan of New Year’s resolutions, but having a librarycentric/professional focus has helped me really appreciate their power.
This year the SU Joint Chiefs have a different challenge: Storytime for Social Justice. Basically, we need to focus on and bring awesome aspects of social justice into our libraries and programming in only ways that YS-peeps can. Even if you don’t have a blog (which you totally should) you can still join in on this.
There Went 2016
While 2016 was a very difficult year overall, my professional life went through a metamorphosis. I discovered a lot about myself, how I view myself, and what I want to do in the library world – and for the world at large.
My biggest fail was not following through on my plan to write a nice note to each Nebraska youth service librarian that I could find. It was like turning this hope into a resolution totally took the wind out of my sails. But, over time I realized that I still want to do it, but as a Punk Rock Book Jockey, and not as the Chair of the School, Children, and Young People’s section of the Nebraska Library Association.
My biggest successes really boil down to figuring out what I truly meant by being shiny in the library world:
- I spoke on behalf of my library in front of the Nebraska Senate General Affairs Committee (you can read it on page 75 of the transcript ). I sort of stumbled into doing it, and now that I’ve done it, I wouldn’t hesitate to do it again.
- I gave my first presentations. It was rough going for awhile, but ultimately had a happy ending. This, in turn, led to me co-presenting at the Nevada Library Association’s annual conference (which was friggin’ AWESOME).
- The idea for Punk Rock Book Jockeys was formed.
- I became a published artist! I submitted this artwork based on Banksy’s The Flower Bomber to Resist!, and it was accepted:
I must give another heartfelt thank you to Jessamyn for both telling me about the call for entries and encouraging me to submit.
Here Comes 2017
Here’s a small sampling of my hopes and goals which, shockingly – I know, tie in with social justice:
- Finish writing my Accessibility Series post for Bryce Don’t Play. This has been a tough piece for me to write on many levels, and so I tend to distract myself with other things and procrastinate ::has a moment of self-realization while typing this post:: Heh.
- Continue working on Punk Rock Book Jockeys.
- I have a massive artsy-early-literacy-skills-diversity thing I’m hoping to get going. OooOOOoOoooo…mysterious vagueness…
- I’m gonna continue adding more diversity to our library’s collection. Tied in with this is that I want to make sure that more diverse titles get featured in our displays.
- Become fluent in conversational Spanish. As a fibromyalgia manager, it can be a struggle to do physical things to help during this uncertain and downright terrifying time in our country. While watching the January 21st protests I thought “at least I can still raise my voice,” and that’s when this goal occurred to me. If I succeed, then I want to try to also gain fluency in Arabic. This world could use more understanding in a multitude of ways.
- Learn more children’s names who visit the library. I’ve been working on this for a few months already, and the reaction from both the kids and parents has really inspired me to work harder on this. If I draw a blank, I do what Reading with Red‘s Brooke does and say “friend.” Like, “Hi, friend!” Even that can get a beaming smile.
And there you have it: my super-shiny mostly social justicey goals for 2017! If reading my goals somehow sparked your own, then I’d love to know. Please feel free to comment on this post or email them to me. I hope to touch base with you around this time next year to see how you did.
¡Listo o no aquí voy!