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A Practical Guide for Librarians

Beverley E. Crane

Designed for librarians who work with all age levels from youngsters to seniors at all educational, reading and language backgrounds, who must fulfill responsibilities that run the gamut from instructing patrons on information literacy skills to using electronic tools to marketing the library to locating funding, Infographics: A Practical Guide for Librarians provides librarians with the following:
  • Section I: Infographics 101 contains definitions, history, importance in today’s society, types and examples, advantages and disadvantages, general uses, uses in libraries, tools for creation and design tips.
  • Section II: Practical applications show how to use infographics in academic, public, special and school libraries. Included are visual examples and step-by-step instructions to create two infographics

Included in each section are exercises, tables with URLs to more ideas and materials and references.

This practical guide will help every type and size of library use infographics as a powerful part in their 21st century game plan. Whether it's marketing the public library, improving students information literacy skills in a school library or showcasing the accomplishments of the academic library, infographics can be a vital part of the library's playbook. The book describes ways to use infographics to:
  • raise funds for a public library
  • teach critical thinking and 21st century skills in the school library
  • illustrate why libraries matter by relaying value of academic libraries
  • market the library
  • improve information literacy in academic settings
  • advocate for resources and services.

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 206Size: 8 3/4 x 11 1/4
978-1-4422-6035-1 • Hardback • December 2015 • $99.00 • (£65.00)
978-1-4422-6036-8 • Paperback • December 2015 • $65.00 • (£44.95)
978-1-4422-6037-5 • eBook • December 2015 • $61.00 • (£42.95)
Beverley E. Crane received a BA in Curriculum and Instruction with a dual major in Spanish and English and an MEd in Bilingual Education and English as a Second Language from Penn State University. She obtained an EdD in Curriculum and Instruction, with emphases in Language Arts and Educational Technology from Oklahoma State University. She has taught English/language arts and ESL at the middle, high school, and college levels.
List of Figures
List of Tables

Chapter 1. What Are Infographics?
Chapter 2. Communicating Through Infographics
Chapter 3. Creating an Infographic
Chapter 4. Resources to Create Infographic
Chapter 5. Teaching with Infographics
Chapter 6. Fundraising: An Essential Goal of Any Library
Chapter 7. Library Partnerships: A Win-Win Combination
Chapter 8. Increase Awareness of Underutilized and New Library Services
Chapter 9. Speak Out--Create Your Own Story to Advocate for Your Library
Chapter 10. Bringing It All Together: Creating Your Own Infographic

About the Author
How many times have we heard that a picture is worth a thousand words? Librarians seeking greater engagement with their user communities have a new tool at their disposal—the infographic, which combines text with images and data. Infographics: A Practical Guide for Librarians offers a wealth of stories describing how infographics communicate compelling, easy-to-understand messages for building awareness of library resources and programs, fundraising, developing library partnerships, and advocacy. Beyond that, practical steps prepare the reader to create an infographic: identifying the topic that will appeal to a target audience, gathering accurate supporting data, selecting appropriate design elements and choosing software for this purpose.
Jan Sykes, Owner, Information Management Services, Inc.

Beverley Crane's Infographics: A Practical Guide for Librarians is a complete step-by-step guide to understanding, creating, and presenting viable infographics.
Ron Rodrigues, MLS, Geoinfo Associates