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If you would like to request this or other materials from the State Library of Kansas, please use your library’s established interlibrary loan process. This collection is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the State Library of Kansas.

Mar 23

Easy Graphic Design for Librarians: From Color to Kerning (2018)

Posted on March 23, 2018 at 12:48 PM by Brian Herder

Easy Graphic Design

Easy Graphic Design for Librarians: From Color to Kerning (2018)

Diana K. Wakimoto

ALA Chicago

978-0-8389-1593-6



From the layout of a library’s web banner to its printed newsletter to the swag handed out during summer reading programs, libraries make their visual identities known through the many forms of communication they produce and share. And even if “graphic designer” isn’t technically in your job description, chances are you’re still doing it. Wouldn’t you like to do it better? In this approachable introduction to graphic design, Wakimoto speaks directly to library staff. Her book leads readers through a structured exploration of design concepts that can be applied immediately to library-specific projects. Perfect for complete novices as well as those wishing to build on existing skills, this book

  • offers a concise overview of graphic design fundamentals such as typography, color, layout, and using images;
  • outlines a design process for busy librarians that emphasizes a pragmatic approach to creating materials;
  • explains how to use tools like templates and style guides, and how to choose the right software for a particular project;
  • includes guidance on creating bookmarks, brochures, flyers, and buttons;
  • shows how to get more bang for your buck through flexible designs that can be repurposed;
  • delves into web banner design; and
  • provides a resource guide and suggestions for further readings.

Under Wakimoto’s tutelage, librarians in any setting can apply what they learn to create engaging, effective visual communications for their libraries.

Mar 23

Transforming Summer Programs at Your Library (2018)

Posted on March 23, 2018 at 12:43 PM by Brian Herder

Transforming Summer Programs

Transforming Summer Programs at Your Library (2018)

Natalie Cole and Virginia A. Walter

American Library Association

978-0-8389-1628-5


Changes in public libraries, the communities they serve, children’s lives, and educational research all demonstrate that traditional summer reading programs need to be reimagined. Working groups of librarians, in partnership with the California Library Association and the California State Library, have done just that, creating and implementing outcomes- and outreach-based summer reading programs that speak directly to diverse and changing communities. Drawing on case studies from several different libraries, this book shows how other libraries can transform their own summer programs. Offering a vision of change in action, the authors

  • begin with an historical overview of summer programming in public libraries and a review of the research and conditions that have prompted recent changes in summer programs;
  • discuss the principles, strategies, and evaluation framework that California librarians have created to transform their institutions;
  • review a statewide campaign, Summer Matters, that is working to provide equitable summer learning opportunities for all children in California; and
  • take an in-depth look at Lunch at the Library, a public library summer meal project, which brings underserved families to the library while providing learning opportunities for children, volunteer opportunities for teens, and resources for adults.

Public library staff and educators will feel inspired and empowered by the positive examples put forth in this book.

Mar 23

Fostering Family History Services: A Guide for Librarians, Archivists, and Volunteers (2016)

Posted on March 23, 2018 at 12:40 PM by Brian Herder

Fostering Family History Services

Fostering Family History Services: A Guide for Librarians, Archivists, and Volunteers (2016)

Rhonda L. Clark and Nicole Wedemeyer Miller

Libraries Unlimited

978-1610695411

Here is everything you need to promote your library as a center for genealogical study by leveraging your collection to help patrons conduct research on ancestors, document family stories, and archive family heirlooms.

Websites, social media, and the Internet have made research on family history accessible. Your library can tap into the popularity of the do-it-yourself genealogy movement by promoting your role as both a preserver of local community history as well as a source for helping your patrons archive what's important to their family. This professional guide will teach you how to integrate family history programming into your educational outreach tools and services to the community.

The book is divided into three sections: the first introduces methods for creating a program to help your clients trace their roots; the second provides library science instruction in reference and planning for local collections; and the third part focuses on the use of specific types of resources in local collections. Additional information features methods for preserving photographs, letters, diaries, documents, memorabilia, and ephemera. The text also includes bibliographies, appendices, checklists, and links to online aids to further assist with valuating and organizing important family mementos.

Features

  • Discusses the reference environment and offers tips for strategic planning for local studies
  • Includes hints of how to assess, organize, discard, or donate family heirlooms
  • Offers suggestions for caring for family history archives, including physical enclosures, digital copies, and the importance of data backups
  • Features templates for partnership agreements with other organizations