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Meme: Designing the new action figure

I know the Nancy Pearl Library Action Figure is meant to be tongue in cheek.  I have three in my office–representing both the deluxe and basic variety.

I absolutely admire Nancy and her work, but after years of watching visitors try her amazing push-button shushing action, the joke’s worn thin.

I know that the folks at Gale hosted their own library superhero contest, but I thought, perhaps,  we should beat them to the new prototype, a prototype that might be school library specific.

So how about this National Library Week, we create a gallery of TL superhero avatars and consider their image and their superpowers?

In keeping with my fierceness campaign, I’ll get the ball rolling with an image I created last month for a workshop.

What would your version look like?

Create it.  Share it on Flickr with the hashtag #tlactionfigures.  Share in your comments and I will gather them all together in a beautiful and powerful gallery.

Here’s a pathfinder of avatar options that might get you started.

Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza


  1. Paula Winward says

    That looks a lot like Shannon Miller. Maybe her techiness would make a better stereotype of librarian for us.

  2. I love this!! I actually have a cape that I wear around school when I’m feeling especially super. I’ll have to share a picture 🙂

  3. Hi Joyce,

    Every time I bring out Nancy, people grimace. lol But who doesn’t love a superhero?! Can you share how you made yours? Did you export your avatar from GoAnimate into Comic Life?

    Debbie Fanslow

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