Libraries are great. But are they just about books? No! To highlight this we'll produce a visual A to Z of what makes libraries so fantastic.
At Library Camp East Gary from Voices for the Library proposed a session to crowd source an A to Z of words that reflected the positive activities and values of libraries, as well as positive representations in books, songs, films and other media.
We've a great illustrator (Josh Filhol) lined up to take the A to Z list that attendees at the Library Camp and Voices for the Library helped pull together and turn it into a series of brilliant images.
Once we have a series of 20+ images (we may need to combine some letters due to lack of "words" - we'll decide as we get suggestions in!), they will be put together in a few different ways:
1) A library A to Z book. This will be full colour, containing each illustration Josh has created opposite a list of the words that inspired that illustration. There will be a short chapter included about the positive impacts of libraries, plus acknowledgements of all our backers in the book. We hope that supporters will use these as advocacy tools, sending them to people who may need persuading of the positive benefit of libraries!
2) A set of cards. These will use the same illustrations as the book and made available under creative commons licence for any library or library supporter to print and use (playing card sized).
3) For Kickstarter backers only, we will print a small run of postcards using the same illustrations.
As many as possible of the outputs will be released under creative commons licences to make them adaptable and re-usable for library advocates everywhere.
At a basic level, if we meet the minimum target we should be able to cover the costs of the illustrator, Kickstarter and card processing costs, legal deposit copies of the book, and the initial rewards including postage and packing. The further we go past the minimum target, the lower the production costs for the rewards and the more illustration costs are spread out, which will enable the stretch rewards!
At £2,500 we will produce a series of posters using the illustrations and make them available for anyone to download under creative commons licence, edit if wanted, and to print for use in library advocacy.
At £3,000 we will be able to make up a pack containing books, posters and other materials and send it out to at least five different press / media organisations pushing our positive message about libraries. We will ask backers to prioritise who we send them to and will happily send these out internationally as well as within the UK depending on the geographical spread of our backers.
New! At £4,500 we will send each person with a pledge of £20 over above an assortment of 5 greeting cards with images from the Library A to Z. It would be great if backers could send at least one of these to a local politician (your local councillor perhaps?) to ask about support for libraries in your area.
At £5,000 we will also send out a pack to all members of the UK cabinet, asking what the Government is doing to support the positive work of libraries, along with an increased number of press packs.
New! At £6,000 we will send an A to Z greetings card to every member of the UK parliament (not just the Government), asking them what they are doing to support libraries in their constituency.
More stretch goals will be released if necessary, we have some great ideas in reserve, we hope we'll get to use them!
Although we are open to corporate sponsorship of the book through the rewards, please note that any inclusion of a company will not imply that the creators are in any way aligned with that company's activities other than their sponsorship of a great campaign.
Please leave suggestions for more A-Z words that you'd like to see included in the comments of this Kickstarter, or the original blog post.
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk is our illustrator not completing the images for us to the deadlines required. We have other possible illustrators in mind, so would not be fatal for the project, but this would delay the project considerably.
We'll use a well known print on demand printer for the books, which we've used for a previous book project, so have experience publishing and getting low volumes of books printed. If the project is more successful than expected, we will stay with the print on demand company instead of going to a potentially cheaper printer for the larger volumes, rather than exposing the backers to the risk of us dealing with an unfamiliar printer and associated delays "creeping" in.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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