Artist In Residence Program

Read the December 2017 interview with our Artist in Residence Kevin Moore at Library Journal

EveryLibrary Brings Political and Editorial Cartooning to Libraries
Meet 2017 Artist in Residence Kevin Moore

“Libraries have long faced challenges in securing funding, serving diverse constituents, and keeping current with rapid technological changes. This year poses a more serious threat to the support of libraries because the patrons and students they serve are being made vulnerable by drastic changes in immigration policy and economic disparity. Yet librarians are rising to these challenges and pushing back. With my Artist in Residency I hope to provide amusing and inspiring cartoons that can help library supporters highlight the different ways libraries provide value to their communities. My work will reflect the values that librarians stand for: freedom of information, diversity of access and the rights of citizens to inform themselves, make up their own minds, and contribute to debates on issues vital to our society and to our nation. These cartoons will be shareable, meme-friendly, and humorous. I hope to contribute to the efforts of EveryLibrary and anyone who loves libraries.”

Political and editorial cartooning is one of the oldest forms of political expression in America. Libraries and political cartoons share a common American ancestor in Benjamin Franklin. Around the same time he set up the Library Company in Philadelphia, his newspaper was printing the “Join or Die” cartoons calling for American self-determination. There is a long and important interaction between the arts and politics. We want to purposely bring this tradition to the discussion of library funding and library ballot measures across the country.

EveryLibrary is proud to welcome Kevin Moore as our 2017 Artist in Residence. As a noted editorial cartoonist and a working librarian, Mr. Moore will bring a unique and timely perspective to the political climate for libraries through new creative work. This Residency begins September 4th, 2017 and will run through November 7th, the traditional “Labor Day to Election Day” period when political and issue campaigns are in the minds of voters across the country. Mr. Moore will produce a series of weekly editorial cartoons focused on library-related issues and themes which will be released by EveryLibrary for use copyright free by libraries across social media and outreach channels. His Residency will be capped-off by an interactive collaboration across EveryLibrary’s extensive network of library activists and advocates.

You can follow Kevin Moore’s Residency work here and you can participate through our Facebook and Twitter feed. Highly shareable panels for each week are on EveryLibrary’s magazine for the public at

Week 1 – September 5, 2017

“Declaration of Library Values”


“This is the first of the Artist-in-Residency series of cartoons I am doing for EveryLibrary, so I wanted it to be a kind of declaration of values about libraries, in both senses of the word. That is, I wanted to portray the value of libraries to their communities along with the values that libraries hold in serving their communities. I wanted to show how abstract concepts like “intellectual freedom” and “access to information” translate into services that people use and often cite as reasons for supporting their local library. The humor is light, a little satirical, but should give a sense of how I will handle topics like this. Enjoy!” – Kevin Moore

Find this cartoon in a highly shareable way on EveryLibrary’s Medium Magazine, too.

Week 2 – September 12, 2017

“The Voice of the Market”


“Earlier this year Mick Mulvaney, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, submitted the budget proposal for the coming year to Congress. Among many huge cuts to programs for education, arts and humanities, and scientific research was the elimination of $231 Million from the Institute of Museums and Libraries. The IMLS provides vital services to libraries across the country, including Interlibrary Loan, which allows libraries to share resources and expand information access to their patrons. This cartoons aims to mock the attitude that trivializes the need people have for information, especially in our age of isolated information bubbles. And beyond that, to encourage you to contact your Congressperson and urge them to support the IMLS.” – Kevin Moore

Find this cartoon in a highly shareable way on EveryLibrary’s Medium Magazine, too.

Week 3 – September 19, 2017

“Fake News”


“Everyone is talking about “fake news” these days — especially the people most responsible for it! But what is it really? Is this really a new phenomenon? Nope. It’s the same old disinformation, misinformation, and plain ridiculous information that gets passed around by malevolent and/or ignorant forces. (They’re not always easy to distinguish, these forces.) The only way to fight it is with educating ourselves. Thankfully our libraries are full of great sources on information on a wide variety of subjects!”

Find this cartoon in a highly shareable way on EveryLibrary’s Medium Magazine, too.

Week 4 – September 26, 2017


“Intellectual freedom is a bedrock value of any healthy democracy, and fundamental to any library that serves the public. That includes academic and school libraries, too, where the Supreme Court has ruled that students do not give up their Constitutional right when they enter the campus. After 9/11, the FBI often tried to use the PATRIOT Act to force libraries to give up the reading habits and borrowing records of patrons. Librarians resisted, and the courts frequently rejected so-called “national security letters” investigators tried to use get subpoenas of patrons’ private records. I’m proud of librarians taking that stand, and know they will do so in the future.”

Week 5 – Net Neutrality


“Internet service providers have been lobbying Congress and the Federal Communications Commission for many years to get a law or regulations that allow for tiered services for Internet access. But the Internet is a publicly created service that should serve everyone equally, because information is vital to a healthy democracy. That’s why you’ll find many a librarian supporting net neutrality.”

Week 6 – Soon After I Lost my Job….



“As people continue to struggle in the wake of the Great Recession and the ever-widening gap between the wealthy and everyone else, they have turned to libraries to find the resources they need. Public (and many academic) libraries have long been a site for job seekers; now they have begun staffing social workers and registered nurses to serve a wider array of needs — continuing a tradition of the library as a safe, welcoming, and supportive place for people to turn to.”

Week 7 – The Wonder of it All


“The library is full of books – and many other great materials and programs – through which people can discover a sense of wonder, a sense of adventure, and even a sense of themselves. With greater diversity in children’s and young adult literature, more people will find stories featuring someone like them accomplishing great things and overcoming great odds.”

Week 8 – Research


“When we don’t know something, these days we’re told to “google it.” That’s not bad advice for most simple things. But if you have something more complex, the research can start to get very confusing and even a bit surreal. Fortunately, your local reference librarian is more than happy to help you out. They really love research.”

Week 9 – Garbage Out


“Information overload has been a continuous problem since the Internet came of age. Algorithms meant to personalize the information we see and sell us products related to whatever we search for have only complicated the problem. Fortunately librarians can help you through the deluge and find the information you need.”

Week 10 – Challenge



To learn about 2015 Artist In Residence Steve Kemple and experience the performances, please visit the AIR Archive Page.

Read the December 2017 interview with our 2017 Artist in Residence Kevin Moore at Library Journal