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Librarian Trading Cards

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Presentation given at the 2013 Missouri Library Association Conference with Susan Kromrie.

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Librarian Trading Cards

  1. 1. LIBRARIAN TRADING CARDS REBECCA CARLSON & SUSAN KROMRIE SOUTHWEST BAPTIST UNIVERSITY TWITTER: #molib2013
  2. 2. WHAT DO LIBRARIANS, BASEBALL PLAYERS & POKÉMON CHARACTERS HAVE IN COMMON? Librarian trading cards are a fun, informal business card that can be used as a marketing and outreach tool
  3. 3. WHAT DO THEY LOOK LIKE? http://www.flickr.com/groups/librariancards/
  4. 4. WHAT DO THEY LOOK LIKE? http://www.flickr.com/groups/librariancards/
  5. 5. TRADING CARDS PILOT PROGRAM AT SBU A marketing initiative to students that involves all public services library staff Each of the cards has an individual theme that reflects the personality and preferences of that staff member Design was influenced by Pokémon cards so our trading cards would fit into future plans for reference and instruction gamification
  6. 6. SBU TRADING CARDS
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  9. 9. WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH TRADING CARDS IN PERSON? Distribute library cards at: • Orientation • Tours • Library events • Community events • Resource fairs • Instruction sessions • Reference consultations • Circulation/information desks Cards can also be used internally as a way for staff to get to know each other.
  10. 10. EXAMPLE: TRADING CARDS AT CHAMPAIGN PUBLIC LIBRARY Annual Icebreaker with Middle School & High School Students: http://www.pinterest.com/champaignpublib/staff-trading-cards/
  11. 11. WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH TRADING CARDS ONLINE? Libraries can use their cards to: • Market events and departments • Advertise libraries and services • Make library staff seem more approachable You can post your cards on a staff or contact page on the library’s website, share them through the library’s social media accounts, or distribute them via e-newsletters.
  12. 12. EXAMPLE: TRADING CARDS AT SBU Introducing librarians to patrons via the library’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sbulibrary
  13. 13. OTHER TYPES OF TRADING CARDS • Cards for a hero themed summer reading program • Literary or historical figures for a class or instruction session • Cards used in scavenger hunts for prizes (find all or collect all) • Student-created cards to demonstrate mastery of a subject • Banned book cards for Banned Books Week
  14. 14. TRADING CARDS WITHIN LARGER PROGRAMS Two ways to make learning more fun and creative: • Gamification: using trading cards as a part of library- based activities and games • Digital Badges: using trading cards with learning outcomes
  15. 15. WHAT DO YOU NEED TO START A LIBRARIAN TRADING CARDS PROGRAM? • Buy-in from all those involved • Point person or new committee • Creative, graphic design-oriented people • Unifying theme/design
  16. 16. GRAPHIC DESIGN OF SBU TRADING CARDS  Paint.net (http://www.getpaint.net/)  Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for Windows. Its interface supports layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a variety of useful tools. Originally intended as a free replacement for Microsoft Paint, it has grown into a powerful yet simple image and photo editor tool. It has been compared to Adobe Photoshop, Corel Paint Shop Pro, Microsoft Photo Editor, and The GIMP.
  17. 17. GRAPHIC DESIGN OF SBU TRADING CARDS  Paint.net (http://www.getpaint.net/)  Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for Windows. Its interface supports layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a variety of useful tools. Originally intended as a free replacement for Microsoft Paint, it has grown into a powerful yet simple image and photo editor tool. It has been compared to Adobe Photoshop, Corel Paint Shop Pro, Microsoft Photo Editor, and The GIMP.  Inkscape (http://inkscape.org/)  Inkscape is an open source vector graphics editor. It supports many advanced features and a streamlined interface. It is very easy to edit nodes, perform complex path operations, trace bitmaps and much more. Its capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X and uses the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.
  18. 18. GRAPHIC DESIGN OF SBU TRADING CARDS  Inkscape (http://inkscape.org/)  Inkscape is an open source vector graphics editor. It supports many advanced features and a streamlined interface. It is very easy to edit nodes, perform complex path operations, trace bitmaps and much more. Its capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X and uses the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.
  19. 19. GRAPHIC DESIGN OF SBU TRADING CARDS  Paint.net (http://www.getpaint.net/)  Paint.NET is free image and photo editing software for Windows. Its interface supports layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a variety of useful tools. Originally intended as a free replacement for Microsoft Paint, it has grown into a powerful yet simple image and photo editor tool. It has been compared to Adobe Photoshop, Corel Paint Shop Pro, Microsoft Photo Editor, and The GIMP.  Inkscape (http://inkscape.org/)  Inkscape is an open source vector graphics editor. It supports many advanced features and a streamlined interface. It is very easy to edit nodes, perform complex path operations, trace bitmaps and much more. Its capabilities similar to Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Xara X and uses the W3C standard Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) file format.
  20. 20. QUESTIONS?  Contact either of us if you would like to know more about library trading cards.  Rebecca Carlson rcarlson@sbuniv.edu  Susan Kromrie skromrie@sbuniv.edu

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