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Six Design Aspects for Librarians

As a librarian in a rural library with only three librarians, I have found that being a jack-of-all-trades comes in handy during my typical day. One of these trades has been my training in desktop publishing/graphic design from the Savannah College of Art and Design, which is not a taught at library school. And I have found that many of the part-time reference librarians I have supervised seem to be at a lost in how to begin.

If I want my programs to get out to our community, I must create my own marketing to various groups of people: teens, seniors, and the general population. The types of marketing include flyers, bookmarks, displays, signage, informational handouts, e-newsletters, and Facebook posts. As this can be daunting task, I have assigned certain tasks to the part-time librarians to assist me in making my deadlines. And what I have found is that I am usually giving mini-design lessons, to help them become comfortable in creating the various documents.

So I decided to post the advice I give my librarians. I will focus on six aspects to keep in mind while designing. Think of it as a cheat sheet to  making marketing materials. One of my librarians has already shared with me that she gave some advice to one of the full-time librarians at another library she works at, and they now assume she is the go to person for these types of questions.

Library and book T-shirts

There are quite a few shirts with lovely quips that readers and librarians find humorous. Threadless.com is one of the places I like to find great t-shirts. Here’s a few that I find fun.

Movies: Ruining the Book Since 1920 by Jayson Dougherty

I like this one, though I do like movies just as much.

A Book Lover by Lim Heng Swee
November Was A Good Month by Mike Sayre

Book check-out humor from the past.

Attack of Literacy! by Joshua Kemble

This last one is favorite if only it wasn’t printed in yellow.

Cool Book Covers

I will say I am a sucker for great design, especially when it comes to books, hence why I have three copies of Jane Eyre, including a hardcover by Penguin. Penguin Classics Deluxe have been employing current artists and illustrators to give their classic books a new design, even creating a couture line. Like the Jane Eyre with illustration by Ruben Toledo and Chris Ware’s illustration for Candide and Tom Gauld’s illustration for The Three Musketeers.


To add to these cool covers is a new line are illustrations done in embroidery by Jillian Tamaki. Her blog gives detail and overall shots of her work which is luscious.