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Susan Hornung-IL (staff)'s picture

Carleton College Librarian Trading Cards

Amy Rustic's picture

http://www.libraries.psu.edu/psul/lls/tradingcards.html

these are some cards that we have had created at PSU a few years back, inspired by carleton!

 

Liz Markel (staff)'s picture

Amy, these are fantastic!!! I love them! That first one is totally me. :o)

Maybe one of the items in our Advocacy Toolbox can be a template for libraries to create their own trading cards, and suggestions for how to use them.

Do you have any info about how the PSU ones were created, and what you did with them once you had them?

Liz Markel, M.A. Marketing and Programs Manager

ASCLA & RUSA divisions of ALA

Amy Rustic's picture

Hi Liz,

the library branch i work at (New Kensington) was the first to do the trading cards, so i have lots of knowledge on how they were created.

we worked with an artist to photograph us and then morph us into the super heros.  we wrote the text for the cards- he did the design work, they were printed and we used them as our business cards (i don't even have "normal business" cards presently...) we hand them out at instruction sesssions, when we meet new faculty, etc.  students love them.  the cards that sit out on our reference desk certainly catch everyone's eyes.  we also used them for the library facebook page, other promotion materials because they are just so eye catching.

i think people would like to know more about them, and if they had in house graphic depts/ graphic design classes they could certainly make them with the help of people already at their campuses. 

 

 

Amy Rustic's picture

Hi Liz,

the library branch i work at (New Kensington) was the first to do the trading cards, so i have lots of knowledge on how they were created.

we worked with an artist to photograph us and then morph us into the super heros.  we wrote the text for the cards- he did the design work, they were printed and we used them as our business cards (i don't even have "normal business" cards presently...) we hand them out at instruction sesssions, when we meet new faculty, etc.  students love them.  the cards that sit out on our reference desk certainly catch everyone's eyes.  we also used them for the library facebook page, other promotion materials because they are just so eye catching.

i think people would like to know more about them, and if they had in house graphic depts/ graphic design classes they could certainly make them with the help of people already at their campuses. 

 

 

Jason Coleman's picture

I love those cards and also love Carleton's cards. It would be fun to create a site (perhaps a Facebook page) featuring cards of reference and public services librarians. Perhaps we could find someone with artistic talent who would be willing to make fun images like the one's on PSU's cards. We could have the wording be supplied by the librarians via a form.