- Elaine Harrington
- February 7, 2022
What is #ColourOurCollections?
Colour Our Collections is an annual international colouring festival on social media where libraries, museums, archives and other cultural institutions share free colouring content featuring images from their collections. It was launched by The New York Academy of Medicine Library in 2016 and the number of participating institutions has grown since then.
UCC Library & #ColourOurCollections
In February 2022 UCC Library participates for the first time in #ColourOurCollections sharing images from Special Collections & Archives to spread awareness and better engagement with our collections by inspiring creativity and sparking curiosity. As the lead in this project I asked John Rooney, Emma Horgan & Emer Twomey for the widest range of items to showcase the variety of collections, subject matter and formats present in Special Collections & Archives. In addition, the images needed to adhere to copyright restrictions and avoid content that might be considered offensive or controversial. This resulted in:
- Bantry Estate
- Bantry Estate Ancillary
- Cartographic Visual
- Irish language manuscript
- Older Printed Books
- country scenes
- Irish history
- Irish literature
- Dutch cartography of Munster
- political satire
- street scenes
- printed books
Collaboration and Promotion
#ColorOurCollections provides a fun means for UCC Library to both to promote the institution and share its collections with a wide audience. To that end, I built on existing research in selecting the title page of Raphael Holinshed’s The … chronicles comprising the description and historie of England, the description and historie of Ireland, the description and historie of Scotland… [1586-87]. In 2016 Dr Edel Semple, in UCC’s School of English, identified the title page as being a collage of various other title pages and had blogged about it in “Culture Night: Shakespeare’s Sources & the Boole Library’s Resources”.
To present the images in the best possible manner I asked Stephanie Chen, UCC Library’s Digital Specialist, and the Digital Learning student assistants, Cara Long and David Leen, to format the images using the #ColourOurCollections template. Over the course of this week to maximise the reach of UCC Library’s colouring book the Library’s Communications team will share the images from UCC Library’s social media: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook.
Over the course of this week my colleagues John, Emma and Emer will discuss how the process worked from selecting images, to creating the black & white images, to discarding possible images for a variety of reasons.
UCC Library’s colouring book (2022) will remain accessible year-round for free download. Access the colouring book:
- Print the colouring book via a downloadable .pdf file.
- Colour on your device with the free version of ‘Coloring Book for Me’ available App Store for iPad and iPhone, and on Google Play for Android.
- Use ScrapColoring for accessing via the web.
Share your filled-in images on social media using the hashtags #ColourOurCollections #ColorOurCollections (as the campaign launched in the US many institutions use the American spelling of colour!). Tag us in @UCCLibrary @theriversideUCC – we can’t wait to see what you share! A gallery of the images is also available on Play!
- archival collections
- Bantry Estate Ancillary Collection
- Bantry Estate Collection
- Cartographic Visual Collection
- country scenes
- Friedlander Collection
- Hawtin Collection
- Irish History
- Irish literature
- Older Printed Books Collection
- political prints
- Printed books
- special collections
- UCC Library
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