Libraries and Infographics

Library Infographic - OCLC 1

Library Infographic - OCLC 2

Thinking about how to create an eye-catching marketing tool, I went searching for infographics related to libraries and found the following three:

In this blog post Andy Moreton, a ‘technology librarian’, considers infographics “a method for presenting data in a more informative and entertaining fashion than just dumping the content into a table.” He goes on to say,  “libraries are notorious for presenting data to the public in ways that are neither informative nor entertaining…”

This is certainly a challenge, and I would love to create an infographic to visualise my Library report at the end of the year. However, I think the skill of  developing an effective infographic is to use less information rather than more and therefore infographics perhaps work best as a marketing tool, focussing on key data, rather than a reporting tool.

In the meantime, while I’m thinking about how to do it, I’ll have plenty of sites to work my way through at Kathy Scrock’s  Infographics as Creative Assessment.  Here she has put together an impressive list of links to:

The history of infographics

Examples of great infographics

Literacies and standards

How to create an infographic

Successful K-12 practices

Infographic collections and info

Infographic topics keywords

Using Infographics in the Classroom

war-casualties-infographic

Image from 100 Years of War Casualties

I was recently introduced to infographics by a colleague, and could immediately see their potential for engaging students in the classroom. Most of our students are visual learners, and what better way to encourage them to analyse an issue or topic, than to get them to visually depict that information as an infographic?

Put simply, infographics are detailed posters, either online or printed, showing visual relationships between data and statistics.  They allow the viewer to gain an overview of an issue or problem which would be difficult to achieve with text alone, and they can turn potentially boring information into eye-catching charts and posters.

Imagine using infographics in a Geography classroom to challenge students to portray social issues in a new light. Imagine the depth of thought students would have to put in to ‘see’ data in a new way and provoke others to respond to it – for example:

So how do you create an infographic?  These two sites give ideas for where to start, and Open Clip Art Library can be used for free images.

Some infographics are dense with information – Red Tape: The Government Grind,  and some are clear, simple and extremely effective –  Why do freeways come to a stop?
Other examples of infographics can be found at:

How you will die from drunk driving

Drunk Driving by Car Insurance Comparison.org