Thing 3

Using Images to promote libraries
I was delighted to discover pixabay, which is a fantastic resource and really useful to find images, which can be used in the public domain.

I was designing a logo for a children’s literacy initiative run by Offaly Libraries and was finding it hard to find free images that could be reused.

The programme is called Once Upon a Story Time… and I wanted to design a simple logo using themes from fairy tale’s such as towers, castles etc.

I designed the logo using online graphic design programme Canva. I am a big fan of canva.com and use it almost daily to design promotional material for library programmes and events.

The image below is one I found on pixabay and while I didn’t use it in the final logo, I am amazed at the selection that is on offer, and will definitely use this resource in the future.

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This is the final logo, which was created using free images from Canva. It is not always easy to find free images that suit the event, so pixabay will come in handy in future.

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Thing 2

Promoting Public Libraries

Next week Offaly will host the National Ploughing Championships and Offaly Libraries are excited to have a promotional stall in the Community tent over the three days. We will be there to promote the library service to the public and will mainly focus on promoting many of the recent additions to Irish public libraries including My Open Library, Libraries Ireland,  e Resources, e Books and e Audiobooks, programming and much more. We will also be doing story time in the Arts tent for children.

In preparation for this promotional opportunity my colleague Sarah and I designed a promotional brochure for Offaly Libraries. This programme focuses on the library as a Community Hub, a Learning Hub, a Digital Hub and on library programming.

https://www.canva.com/design/DACdiXDABRw/view

There has been so much development in Irish public libraries over the last couple of years, from My Open Library to universal membership of all 333 branches of Irish libraries. I believe that one of the main elements that is missing is promoting this innovation to the public, and huge events like the National Ploughing Championships (which will see over 300, 000 visitors) is a perfect opportunity to do this.

But what other opportunities for public libraries have to promote themselves? Should we be engaging more with the public in order to bring these fantastic services to as many people as possible? I think that we should and am excited to see what new and innovative ways we can do this. With the dawn of the new public library strategy the next few years will be very interesting in the public library world.

I am looking forward to completing the Rudai 23 challenge and am enthusiastic about how I can use the skills I learn in my day to day work in public libraries.