In January, Ohio University Libraries released a 2016 calendar, titled “Timeless Treasures from Alden Library: Ohio University Libraries Annual Calendar,” highlighting the rich materials that can be found in the Libraries’ rare and special collections.
The calendar was honored with two awards of excellence presented by the Academic Library Advancement and Development Network (ALADN) and PR Xchange, which is sponsored by the Public Relations and Marketing Section of the American Library Association’s Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA).
Designed by Mark Krumel, senior director of creative services for University Communications and Marketing (UCM), the calendar features 12-monthly pages and nearly 20 full color pages of photographed archival material from the Libraries’ collections.
According to Krumel, the process of planning, assembling the text and selecting the images for the calendar was a collaborative effort between himself and the Libraries’ communication team, including Scott Seaman, dean of Ohio University Libraries.
“I really wanted the images to take main focus, so I designed a simple grid pattern for the actual calendar where users could write short notes for reminders. The square grid reflects the overall square format of the piece,” said Krumel.
Krumel is no stranger to collaborating with the Libraries on various creative projects and publications, and he described the process as “fun.”
“They always have great ideas to start the creative process and are very open to listening to any and all concepts,” said Krumel. “Because they approach projects with the idea of exploration and without preconceived notions, I have a lot of freedom to develop the project to its full design potential. It also helps that they understand and have an appreciation for design.”
In early June, the Libraries accepted the first award, an Award of Excellence in the category of “Collection Materials” at the 2016 ALADN conference, held in Boston, Massachusetts.
Founded in 1995, ALADN is an association for university librarians, fundraising professionals and library deans who are an active part of developing library initiatives, programs and resources by working with various corporations, foundations, and individuals. Each year, library professionals meet during the ALADN conference to share new ideas and methods with regard to effective fundraising, marketing and communication tactics for libraries.
On June 26, the Libraries received the second award in the category of “Annual Reports/Strategic Plans, Lists of Events, Calendars, Newsletters,” at the PR Xchange Awards Ceremony, at the American Library Association (ALA) conference in Orlando, Florida.
According to the ALA website, the PR Xchange Awards “recognize the very best public relations materials produced by libraries in the past year. Entries will be evaluated based on content, originality, and design by a team of experts in public relations, graphic design, communications, and marketing who select the winner(s) in each category.”
The calendar includes images from the Alwin Nikolais and Murray Louis Dance Collection; the Frederick and Kazuko Harris Art Collection; the Yao Ceremonial Artifacts Collection and the Libraries’ Rare Book Collection, among many others.
Ohio University Libraries possesses various comprehensive, information-rich archives and special collections, like the ones highlighted in the award-winning calendar, that are available to students and scholars.
Not only do these resources enhance the learning experience of the students, faculty and researchers who use them, but they are often essential to unlocking the unrevealed details of a researcher’s subject of interest.