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I'm an academic librarian, working in the UK Higher Educational sector, supporting academics and students. Prior to this, I was a researcher, working with social and learning technologies.

My interests include the application of emerging and traditional technologies, research support in libraries, learning spaces, evidence-based practice and the professional development of library and information workers.

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Latest library tasks: displays

February 29th, 2008

So, how did I get kicked out of university? Not in real life, thankfully. Library Regulation 11.40 in the Albert Sloman is the one that says “the marking and defacing of books is strictly forbidden” and my co-trainee and I were tasked with producing a display to advertise to library users what a bad idea it is to deface books.

To do this, we produced two comic strips, one detailing the fantastic things that might happen if you were a good library user, and another detailing the karmic troubles befalling a bad library user. The picture on the right, with my quality acting, shows the end of the ‘bad’ strip, and I’ve included a shrunken version of the whole ‘bad’ strip below (low fidelity to protect the innocent co-workers bullied into participating). I found a tutorial online for making speech / thought bubbles at which is well worth a look if you want to try something similar using the GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Programme) – it’s an open source programme with similar functionality to Photoshop.

Our colleagues helped out with acting and photography, and then I spent probably-too-long putting together the comic strip last Friday afternoon. We’re pretty proud with the results. I’ve not made a display in quite some time, although I did take a course during my PhD on putting together poster presentations. The hardest bit, I think, was the layout of the display board itself to complement the comic format with other information – we ended up including a summary of what the comic strips showed, and some copies of defaced books. Also – a tip for anyone making a defacing books poster – we had to laminate the comic. Someone with postmodern mischief in mind defaced my face in the ‘good’ comic.