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Tumblr for Libraries & Archives: DIY Graphic Design

A guide containing practical advice, tips, and applications for libraries and archives looking to use Tumblr.


Creating visually compelling social media posts is key to capturing the attention of users and kindling their excitement for a library’s collections and services. The same is true for print outreach materials – bookmarks, posters, recipe cards, flyers, etc. However, time, budgetary constraints and complicated software oftentimes hamper the creative process and result in libraries settling for end products that are just “good enough.” Enter Canva, a web-based graphic design service. Easy to use and brimming with free features, Canva allows libraries to create high-quality, impactful designs that captivate audiences. For those new to Canva, information about the service may initially seem overwhelming. This page looks to condense all of that information by providing links to what we have found to be the most helpful Canva resources. When appropriate, links outside of Canva have been included.

Canva Basics

Example 1: Recipe Card Created With Canva

chocolate cake, 1910, recipe, fannie merritt farmer, rumford cook book

Example 2: Instagram Post Created With Canva

"Books are a uniquely portable magic."

Example 3: Bookmark Created with Canva