May 4, 2022
Small swag items (stickers, keychains, pens, etc.) are managed by the Community Engagement program. These items are stored centrally in the closet off the Hayden East Study Room research alcove (2nd floor) and are self-service. A large order is placed over the summer to ensure adequate supply for the academic year. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about these items.
This includes items like water bottles, mugs, and scarves. The following teams will manage premium swag for targeted uses:
These items are no longer available for other uses.
Individual teams or departments can place orders for swag for a specific use. The ordering team also will be responsible for receiving, storing, and distributing the items, and the order will be charged to that team’s budget. The Communications team plays a consultative role, helping to select items, commission a design (if applicable), provide logos, and ensure adherence to the Libraries brand. The Director of Communications must review and approve design proofs before an order goes into production.
4imprint and Fenway Group are two MIT-preferred vendors; the Communications team can also provide other recommendations.
Swag has a considerable environmental impact, and the average time swag is kept is only eight months. Please keep this in mind when considering the products and quantities you order and consider sustainable alternatives.
The following is adapted from UC Davis
Choosing effective swag
When considering placing a swag order, ask yourself:
Choosing sustainable swag
To reduce environmental impact, choose items that:
Wearables must be of a quality, design, and message that people will want to use.