Do you notice anything strange in our blog? … Yeah! we have a new logo!!
Remember that a few months ago we called a contest to design our logo? Many of you participated and we want to thank everyone for their creative efforts. Determining the winning logo was not easy. Each of us had more than one favorite, so the NPSIG team had to use Mentimeter to assign points and let the best win.
Finally, the winning design goes to… (drummers) Nadine Kneer!
We feel very happy and represented by its design, so we wanted to ask Nadine a series of questions to tell us a bit about her and how the creative process turned out:
Hello, Nadine. Would you like to introduce yourself?
Ok. My name is Nadine Kneer (23) and I’m from Germany. I will finish Stuttgart Media University this semester. After some internships, I’ve made up my mind to work in a public Library rather than an academic library. I want to combine my love for library work with the challenge of different target groups and a large professional variety in my future workplace.
Congratulations for your great design. Please, tell us how did the idea of the new logo come about?
Thinking about the NPSIG made me wonder about the tasks librarians have to face and what comes to mind when people think of new porfessionals. After combining these two aspects, I had about 1.000 ideas for the logo. To put it in a nutshell: It should show the flexibility new professionals need, the courage to try something new, their curiosity, development and creativity. As a result, I thought, e.g., about a superman icon. But in the end I decided to emphasize the need for new creative ideas. This is symbolized by a bright light bulb growing from a plant.
Do you have any knowledge of graphic design? Do you think it’s a good skill for a librarian?
I’ve always loved to paint, and I even thought about a career as a graphic designer. But then over the years I also had lots of other ideas for my future, such as becoming an ergo-therapist, a teacher, chemist, illustrator, an author or to study something to do with the environment. To answer your question: I do not have some special skills in graphic design, but only creativity and curiosity which are, in my opinion, crucial qualifications for our job.
What other non-traditional skill do you think would be useful for a librarian?
It might be easier to ask what skills aren’t useful for a librarian. As a result of the large variety in our profession we need coulorful and mixed skills. All over the world, there are 320.000 public libraries and more than a million parliamentary, national, university, research, school and special libraries which ensure that information and the skills to use it are available to everyone. Working with different target groups means pedagogic- and educational skills and having an open personality. We also have to make libraries more visible as contributors to the UN SDGs. This means there is also a need for marketing skills in order to make people aware of our impact on the society.
But in the end I think that it all comes down to creativiy as the most important skill.
Nadine, thank you very much for your creativity and for your energy. Definitely, you are an example for new professionals!