Creating outreach materials can be a time suck, even for the most creative citizen of Libraryland. For those of us who feel graphic design-challenged, creating outreach materials is akin to a level of hell. Here is our attempt to provide a one-stop shop for templates, generators, and other helpful promotional tools of the outreach trade. Please let us know if we missed something you love to use.
- Bloomer 2014 bookmark: PDF of bookmarks to promote the best feminist books for youth
- Bloomer Poster 2014: PDF of 11×17 poster to promote the best feminist books for youth
- Banned Books Week: free promotional items from ALA
- Born to Read brochures: thanks, ALSC, for free downloads in Spanish and Chinese!
- Caldecott 75th anniversary bookmark: courtesy of ALSC, featuring art by Brian Selznick
- Dia Diversity in Action downloads: a treasure trove of bilingual posters (including in Chinese), book lists, coloring sheets, games, web badges, and more.
- Kids, Know Your Rights: young person’s guide to intellectual freedom, courtesy of ALSC
- Morgue File: high quality free stock photos
- National Network of Libraries of Medicine: free printables to promote medical resources, including for the public. This is the Pacific Northwest region, but there is a link to other regions on the page. (Thanks to Patricia Devine of the University of Washington-Seattle for this!)
- National Network of Libraries of Medicine printable training resources for PubMed and Medline (Thanks to Patricia Devine of the University of Washington-Seattle for this!)
- Oxford University Press: academic libraries pay a lot for these, so promote them easily with these downloadable materials
- Promote your library bookmarks and poster by David Diaz: from ALSC, these ready to print bookmarks and posters designed by Caldecott-winner David Diaz are a great way to spread the word in English and Spanish!
- Proquest’s Love Your Library poster: you can add your library name! (thanks to Sarah Fancher)
- Proquest’s Ref Works poster: again, you can add your library name! (thanks to Sarah Fancher, again)
- stock.xchng: free stock photos
- We Are Librarians bookmarks and posters: a way to promote Ask A Librarian service at your library. Great for academic libraries needing to promote this service.
- Smore: design online flyers to spread the word electronically, comes with a variety of templates
- Youth services librarians Katie Dersnah Mitchell and Shelley Harris love Upstart: posters, bookmarks, reading records, decor, and more for the librarian with a bit of a budget
- Middle/high school librarian Laurie Amster-Burton stands by the swag and decor available from ALA Graphics.
- School librarian Erin Schramm recommends Demco for your attractive and ready-to-use promotional materials