At Ringling College’s Kimbrough Library, we’ve been a fan of the button instruction exercise outlined by Jill Ludeke. During our 2008 Fall semester open house for first-years, we successfully used our button maker to distribute information to students about library hours, web address, and contact info. However, we got feedback that students loved the buttons, but discarded the paper pretty quickly. Students in a marketing class suggested we create a 3D object that carried our message to students.
For our 2009 open house, we designed and assembled the following button booklets for students that included a mix of fun facts, library services, and operations information. The text was laid out in Adobe Illustrator by a work-study student. Our student worker also helped to print multiples on 11″ x 17″ pages, slice, fold, hole-punch and attach the buttons. Click here to see the text inside the booklets.
Finally, we got even more mileage out of our button maker by handing out buttons at our recent Accepted Students Day. People are always interested to hear that the images on these buttons directly represent the materials we have in our library. They were just as big a hit with parents as they were with students!