I was tooling around my former hometown of Alpharetta, Georgia last weekend and could not resist the opportunity to photograph a sign at the corner of Main Street and Mayfield Road with the beloved universal symbol for library. The image you see is the one currently recognized and approved by the United States Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration as the official symbol for libraries on road signage. As I thought about how libraries are not only about books and reading, but also places to learn, create, and share, I couldn’t help but wonder if it is time to either update or create additional new universal symbols for libraries? What would you as a librarian choose for a symbol? More importantly, your patrons?
Published by Buffy J. Hamilton
I am a writing and Language Arts teacher who loves learning, literacy, stories, learning, dogs, poetry, fabulous shoes, and good lip gloss. I began my career as a high school English teacher in 1992 and then became a high school librarian and 2011 Library Journal Mover and Shaker before returning to the classroom in August 2016. View all posts by Buffy J. Hamilton