Our Title, My Friend, Was Blowin’ In the Wind
The first issue sounds crazy-simple. And it is, really. But it is one of those simple things that is often overlooked in a short-suspense project such as ours. If we would have investigated all of our printing options at this unfamiliar-to-all-of-us library, we would have known about the awesome 36″ Wide Color Plotter much earlier in the game. To be fair, we had a limited amount of time during which to work and all of that time took place after some quite exhausting academic days. The fact remains, though, that a quick internet search would have led us to the web page (linked below) that includes detailed information about the printers available at the SU Library, and we could have planned accordingly.
The second issue was due in equal parts to chance, weather and lack of sleep. It was windy, it was late, we had just been escorted out of the closing library, and I had left some of our precious poster elements (newly printed on the 36″ Wide Color Plotter) trailing out of my bag as I walked back to the dorm. Mere steps outside the library, I watched our poster title fly out of my bag and whip its way up the street–I felt utterly defeated, too tired and unsure of traffic to run after it. The next morning, during the general class critique, my fellow group members were kind enough not to bat an eye (or point a finger) when our lack of a bold title was used as an example of “something lacking.” I did end up telling on myself, as I have a habit of doing, although I’m pretty certain that the amazing Group 6 wouldn’t have minded if I’d kept quiet.
You are welcome to visit our poster project web page if you’d like to check out some of the resources we found about sponsorship in libraries. The page includes links to examples of sponsorship relationships and how they have affected the organizations involved (for some of the subscription database articles, we have simply provided a citation), links to numerous library web pages that define policies regarding sponsorship, a pdf of the evaluation rubric our group created, and a pdf of our project brochure.
Belated thanks, Group 6, for such a great experience!