Friday, August 17, 2007

Graphic Captures the Spirit of the Ball State University Libraries’ Technologies, Programs, Services, and Collections

An article in the July 2007 issue of the Ball State University Libraries’ newsletter, The Library Insider, invited everyone from the Ball State University community and beyond to create a robust, engaging, and aesthetically pleasing graphic for the University Libraries that could be used in both print and electronic media.

The goal was to develop a unique graphic that symbolizes and defines the University Libraries’ technologies, programs, services, and collections.

This graphic element selected, shown above, was created by Robert L. Seaton, Ball State University Libraries’ Web Developer.

Dr. Arthur W. Hafner, Dean of University Libraries, said that he likes this graphic because the “cardinal red” silhouette in the background is representational and reminds one of Bracken Library’s bookshelf shape. The two students in the foreground exemplify an integral part of the University Libraries’ vision to be recognized by our students as a destination for research, learning, and friends.

“This graphic is an excellent example of visual rhetoric,” Dr. Hafner said.

As a hot spot for its wireless connectivity throughout all five floors, Bracken Library serves as a third space for students, a term used among college architects and administrators to denote spots where communities naturally tend to gather, connect, interact, and socialize.

To comment about the graphic, please contact Dr. Arthur W. Hafner, Ball State University’s Dean of University Libraries,, (765) 285-5277.

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