As difficult as this is, I want to get right to the point: At the end of this month, April and I will be sunsetting Librarian Design Share. What does that mean, you ask? It means that we will no longer be posting to the site, BUT the site will remain live, as will the Google Drive with all of the amazing designs you’ve shared with the Librarian Design Share community over the years.
April and I started this project 5 years ago. It was a true labor of love. Something we started because our day-to-day work involved a healthy dose of graphic design and visual creative work. We wanted to create a space where those of us in libraries could share our creativity, learn from one another, grow our graphic design skills, and adapt beautiful work. What followed was better than we could have ever imagined.
YOU helped us grow Librarian Design Share into a vibrant, fun, supportive community. We’ve learned from you, been wowed by your work, and amazed at how you’ve adapted designs. We are so honored to have provided a platform for the work of so many talented librarians. From the bottom of our hearts: Thank you.
Why is this the end?
Over the past few years April and I have been through some pretty big career changes. April’s now a Library Dean, and my own career focus has been much more on instruction coordination and critical information literacy. As much as library outreach and graphic design will always have a place in our hearts, our careers have taken us on a new journey. We’re excited to find out what new projects await us.
Now for the details
You may have noticed that April and I haven’t been posting to Librarian Design Share with any regularity. We sincerely apologize. Our work and personal life has taken us in so many different directions that it’s been very difficult to devote time to this meaningful project.
Over the next two weeks we will be posting designs that have already been submitted to us via gmail. We will no longer be accepting new design submissions. So keep an eye out on Twitter for the last few designs from Librarian Design Share. We hope you enjoy them.
Again, LibrarianDesignShare.org will remain live for the next year or so, as will our Google Drive repository. After that April and I will decide on the future fate of the site.
For now, we want to say, again, THANK YOU. ❤
January 22, 2018 at 10:25 am
Thank you, Veronica and April for all the work you’ve done with Librarian Design Share. It was a pleasure for me to follow, contribute and be a part of it with you in small ways over the course of its lifespan. My best to you both for the new journeys you’re on!
January 22, 2018 at 10:31 am
Any interest in passing the torch onto a librarians/library staff? This is a great site and it would be great to keep it going.
January 22, 2018 at 10:43 am
I’m so sad to hear this, but thank you both for your work. Librarian Design Share has been so helpful to me and I’ve appreciated the opportunity to contribute. Best of luck in all endeavors – I’m excited to learn from you in other spaces in the future.
January 22, 2018 at 10:55 am
You both have been amazing. Thank you for sharing your expertise and being an inspiration to the rest of us doing library marketing. I’ve enjoyed your posts and it’s been very informational for those of us who wind up being accidental marketers in Library land. Best wishes for a bright future in your new endeavors.
January 31, 2018 at 1:17 pm
Veronica and April, thank you both for all of the time and dedication to Librarian Design Share over the years. It has been such a valuable tool and resource for me, particularly when my job involved more of this work than it does now. I know that many of the member’s of ACRL’s Library Marketing and Outreach Interest Group also found this to be a helpful resource. Deciding to sunset a project that no longer fits is the right thing to do.
With that said, and this may not be something you want to do, but I also wondered if you and April had considered passing the baton to two early career librarians? Nicole Pagowsky did that with Librarian Wardrobe. I know this creates some extra work on your part, but I thought I’d mention it. It may also be that folks have reached out to you already.
Best wishes to you and April as you continue to grow in your careers.
January 31, 2018 at 1:26 pm
Really enjoyed reading your blog! Thanks for all the useful information you have passed down in the last 5 years. Appreciate your service and dedication. Best of luck to both of you!