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Places to Find Images

A good image will add a lot to your project. Your own images are best! If that’s not an option, try these.

Make sure to read each site’s usage details. This site seems to have a little more diversity in its subjects. In addition to pretty pictures, illustrations and vector graphics are available. Icons for Everything

Library of Congress online image collection Yes, you own this.

The British Library on flickr Anglophiles rejoice.

Antique Book Illustrations ( I don’t know if these are useful, but they’re sure fun to look at.

A handful of other sites with some free stock images:,, templates, icons and stock photos for web design


Think about making a smoothie with a hammer. The right tool makes the job a lot easier. Here are some low cost or free ones.

General layout and design

canva Free version with option to upgrade. Really a lot of great templates.

affinity designer and affinity photo Very robust design and photo software with a lot of the functionality of high-priced software at a very reasonable price. Free trial.

picmonkey Useful design tool, especially for photo collages.

Create infographics, great for board reports!


Things that move: make a video!

powtoon Pow. Have fun!

postermywall Video templates, also posters and other graphics

From ALA

Libraries Transform Toolkit Website: Libraries Transform

A bucket list of marketing strategies


When you want to up your game, learn from experts. Make sure to check out Kathy O’Leary’s arhived videos.

canva A big selection of short tutorials.

Format This magazine site has a big, friendly list of more learning sites.

“Pictures of programs and simple solutions, these are a few of my favorite things”

(extra credit if you just sang that)

Princh Library Blog is an active blog that talks about a wide range of subjects, including marketing.

Nonprofit Hub is a valuable resource for marketing, fundraising, human resources… Good stuff over here.

Hubspot categorizes its blogs so you can pick and choose. I find the Marketing and Service tracks useful.

CreativeBloq, hardcore design blog with great tools for browsing.


Have You Read This? My Top 5 Design Books for Non-designers

Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon: demystifies the creative process.

The Accidental Library Marketer by Kathy Dempsey: the standby for librarians everywhere.

The Non-designer’s Design Book by Robin Williams: so useful, no jargon.

The Big Book of Graphic Design by Roger Walton: learn to speak visually by looking at a ton of pictures and figuring out what you like.

 How To by Michael Bierut: sorry, not on MORE, but a great book if you want to dig deeper.

Marketing Monday archives

This is a list of resources that I’ve found really useful. I update often. Send me your suggestions and helpful links, and I’ll add them. (