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ScholarCHIPs-college funds for children of incarcerated parents


The Tassel is Worth the Hassle

ScholarCHIPS announces their kick off event set for Saturday, October 23. The Washington DC non profit is being created to help children of incarcerated parents afford a college education. Their goal is to raise enough money to award three $10,000 scholarships in the fall of 2011. ScholarCHIPS describes itself as a solution to a cyclical problem in an underserved population in DC.

The kick off event, which serves to inform the public of the organization’s mission and provide opportunities for community support, will be from 1-4pm at St. George’s Episcopal Church at 160 U St. NW — the corner of 2nd and U Street.

ScholarCHIPS encourages anyone interested to attend. The organization’s founders, students Yasmine Arrington and Niacka Carty, Aaron Jenkins of Operation Understanding, and Rev. Dr. Yvonne M. Cooper of Missing Link Ministry, will be speaking that afternoon to further explain the challenges children of incarcerated parents face.

“Teens with incarcerated parents. They fall into the same trap,” says Arrington. “They’ll end up in juvenile detention or they won’t have a desire to go to college.”

Attendees can also expect spoken word performances from additional students as well as refreshments. The criteria for the awards will be announced so even current students are invited to attend. Donations to ScholarCHIPS will be accepted that day but can also be made through the organization’s Facebook page or by contacting


  • At the present time there are no scholarships available for teens with incarcerated parents in the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia area)
  • In DC, 50% of high school students graduate and only 15% of those students attend college
  • The average age of children with an incarcerated parent is eight years old
  • Most children with incarcerated parents live in poverty before, during, and after their parents’ incarceration

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A surprising blast from ALA past

I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to share this…

In 1983 the American Library Association pulled together 8 graphic designers and illustrators from around the US to create a collection of camera-ready art for libraries to use in their PR materials – cutting edge stuff at the time, and a great resource for any library.

Alas, 23 years is a long time when technology is involved and times have definitely changed. That said, there are some hilariously oblique and strange images.

I am impressed that, even in 1983, ALA was aware that libraries need to “sell” themselves in order to compete, but it makes me wonder why, after all these years, most libraries/librarians are still struggling with this idea.

I’ve attached two versions of the binder for your consumption – one for screen view that is 4.5 mb, and one for print that is a whopping 44 mb.

Art Deco Faces, slightly creepy, but kinda cool. Rocket Ship I have no idea what a weight lifter has to do with libaries... Reel Entertainment From the Library
ALA Clip Art Binder for screen (4.5 mb)
ALA Clip Art Binder for print (44 mb)


The two faces of annual reports

AU Library Annual Report 2006Annual reports are notoriously hard to compile, but are they worth the outcome?

This year is the second year American University Library has chosen to dive in and make a public annual report. The first year was a trying task juggling the politics and the pain. The second year went a little more smoothly, but was still a huge nightmare (more politics and different pain).

Sounds like more trouble than it’s worth right?
You would think so, but with the right annual report and the right audience, it can be a beautiful thing.

The motivation for producing an annual report is to communicate the core values and worth of the organization to the public. Another great reason is fundraising- annual reports, especially “trophy annual reports” are great fodder for making the institution look grand and worthy of donations.

The design for this annual report was inspired by a botanic field guide, incorporating images from AU Library’s special collections. The style was chosen to fit in with the nature theme that all of AU Library’s administrative level brochures carry.

I’ve attached the PDF of the annual report to this post for review.

American University Library Annual Report 2005-2006

You are infected with… HUMANS!!!

This video was pulled from Three Legged Legs via Drawn!. When I saw this I was struck by how, a campaign framed in this way, would be infinitely more effective than the advertising that PETA puts out, which is odd since Three Legged Legs isn’t trying to change the world, they are just showing off their amazing animation skills.

That’s the problem with non profits in general – they get so bogged-down with changing the world that their message gets lost because of their own self-importance. Shoving images of butchered lambs into the hands of people who are enjoying their morning Starbucks (à la PETA) is alienating the people they are trying to influence; however, a simple re-framing that connects to the audience would work wonders.

This video communicates the same core message just in a way that is much more accessible to everyone.