The READ poster program was initiated to highlight the library while also honoring students, faculty, staff, and departments. The Library’s goal is to choose nominees who are a fair representation of campus life, strong library supporters, and exceptional members of the USD community. Additionally we wish to create a sense of our diverse community and capture the life of the campus. Nominees are reviewed by the University Libraries Marketing and Communications Committee with these guidelines in mind.
For over thirty years, the American Library Association has created celebrity READ Posters—recent ones have featured the stars of Harry Potter and Glee –to "promote libraries, literacy, lifelong learning, and reading."