Color Our Collections is a week-long event on social media. From the first to the fifth of february 2016, libraries and archives from around the world are sharing images from their collections and are encouraging the public to color and add their personal stamp. Then share the remix on Twitter, Instagram, G+, Facebook or other streams with the hashtag #ColorOurCollections.
Find out which institutions are participating, download the imagery and get creating. I’ve included some of my remixes.
The New York Public Library (NYPL) has enhanced its Digital Collections so that everyone has the freedom to enjoy the materials free of charge – and with no restrictions. To introduce more than 187,000 items, NYPL has joined the Color Our Collections initiative. Hello public domain art!
Download NYPL’s coloring book here.
The Dittrick Medical History Center Rare Book Collections at the Dittrick Museum has a coloring book too. Download it here.
Over at the University of Missouri Libraries, Special Collections and Rare Books, use the download link to get your coloring book.
The Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford is the largest university library system in Britain, and put together a great coloring book to individualize and share. Grab some crayons and have at it here.
The Open Library mantra: One web page for every book ever published. With over 20 million records to date, this open source initiative is an exceptional resource. Download some or all of their “especially colorable images” and link to their sources.
James Madison University focuses on its Juvenile Collection and offers a lot of Mother Goose imagery. Download the 58-page coloring book here, and for those nearby in Virginia, head to the coloring stations.
Whether you’re a colorer who stays within the lines or an artist with a more deconstructive approach, this is a great promotion to help kids (and big kids, er, adults) become familiar with digital collections and usage rights. Not to mention learn about all of the libraries’ collections.