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Webinar Recap: Visualize your Library’s Story Parts 1 & 2

2017 October 30

Last week, in conjunction with our currently running face to face Telling Your Library’s Story workshops, I hosted a two-part webinar series that focused on visualizing your library’s story. You can now view the webinar archives here:

In the first session of the webinar series, we focused primarily on the presentation tools Prezi(next) and Piktochart. For inspiration, take a look at the following infograph examples:

In the second part of the webinar series, we explored the tools Piktochart and Canva . We also took a look at the following resources for examples:

I so enjoyed discussing the principles of creating meaningful presentations and infographics with those in our Texas library community! Some general tips to think about when creating visuals to represent your library are:

  • Make your illustrations interesting and meaningful. The very point of including an image while telling your library’s story is to reinforce meaning; make sure that your images accurately reflect the information you are attempting to convey.

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    Examining Clouds by Kate Ter Haar is licensed through CC BY 2.0

  • Chunk up your content. If you’re creating a presentation, make sure you keep your content to one idea per slide. Anything more will overwhelm your audience.
  • Keep it focused. Especially when creating an infographic, try and stay focused on a specific, unique topic. For example, instead of creating an infographic on your library’s entire history, create one about the value of a financial literacy program. Try and describe a single cloud, not the entire sky.
  • If you are looking for illustrations outside of the standard images included in the tool you are using, try using photographs from your library (with proper permission) or a Creative Commons licensed image from http://search.creativecommons.org.  You can find sample photo release forms on ALA’s wiki.

Finally, don’t forget to register for our upcoming Telling Your Library Story workshops, presented by Dr. Julie Todaro! Registration information can be found at https://www.tsl.texas.gov/slmregister. We have four upcoming sessions in December (in New Braunfels, Uvalde, Mount Pleasant and Diboll), so if you live near one of those areas, be sure to check them out!

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