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Call for Cover Images for Children and Libraries

Is there a greater achievement than a successful library program? The answer is yes! –  when you manage to capture the perfect photo encapsulating that program’s success.  Children and Libraries is looking for your compelling programming and community engagement photos to grace the covers of upcoming issues.

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Images could feature author events, library programming, passive activities, or could simply be slice-of-life at the library. What better way to showcase your library’s excellence and to begin conversations with your professional community than by telling your (visual) story on the cover of a future issue of Children and Libraries?

So, what does the image need to have? In short, a resolution of 300 DPI (dots per inch) is the requirement for print images – so any images that are downloaded from your library’s website would have to fit this requirement. What about images from your smartphone? As long as they were taken with a 7 megapixel resolution camera or higher (most iPhones and Android phones have this), the images will be good for print. Typically, the image resolution on a phone can be seen and adjusted in the phone’s camera settings.

And lastly, don’t forget to get written permission from any photographic subjects, their parents or guardians, for their photos to be used in the journal.  The link to the ALSC Photo Image and Release Form can be found here.  For more information about technical image requirements, composition, and permissions, please visit Children and Libraries’ Tips on Taking Great Photos for Print or contact CAL’s editor Sharon Korbeck Verbeten by email

Children and Libraries (CAL), published quarterly, is the official journal of the Association for Library Service to Children. CAL delivers articles and columns on current research and practice related to library service to children and significant activities and programs of the association. 

Our publication is dedicated to sharing content to promote the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in all aspects of library service to children.

Today’s post was written by Sarah Simpson, a current member of the ALSC Children and Libraries Editorial Advisory Committee. Sarah is the Family Engagement and Literacy Specialist for Ohio State University’s Schoenbaum Family Center. Prior to this, she worked in public library youth services for ten years. 

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