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February 21, 2014

Librarians Creating Infographics:

Make Boring Information Fun! Impress Students & Faculty!

March 14, 1:00pm EDT

by Rebecca Hodson,  Librarian at Kishwaukee Community College, Malta, IL

Infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data, or knowledge intended to present complex information quickly and clearly. Librarians are uniquely poised to be leaders in understanding, creating, and using infographics, as they are closely tied to information, visual, and digital literacies. In this workshop you will become a master of infographics: learn what distinguishes a great infographic from a bad one, why a library would use or make them, and how to create them using Piktochart, a free online tool.

There are two things you can do before the webinar to get a jump start:

  • Create an account ahead of time – go to Piktochart and either log in via Facebook or Google, or create an account.
  • If you have a project or idea already in mind, have your data available as a Google Spreadsheet or Excel document and you can upload it on the spot!

Rebecca Hodson is a librarian at Kishwaukee Community College located in Malta, IL – 75 miles west of Chicago.  She is part of the reference team there and coordinates all programs, events and displays for the library.  Her favorite thing about libraries is working with people and always learning new things.  She received her MSLIS from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science from Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in May of 2013.

Please register at the following link:

    • To test your computer in advance (recommended):
    •    To run the Adobe Connect Meeting Connection Diagnostic at
    • To join the live program, please direct your web browser to:
    • Enter as a “guest,” providing your name OR your library’s name and the number of participants if attending as a group (example: Jane Doe OR School Campus Library – 6), as this will simply help us get an accurate count of attendance.
    • To troubleshoot audio problems in Adobe Connect by going to Meeting > Audio Setup Wizard (top left corner)
    • Any additional questions may be asked via the Chat box.
    • For this program, participants will need speakers to hear the presenter speaking, but will not need any additional audio equipment. Participants may ask questions via the Chat box; moderators will monitor the Chat box and facilitate question and response.
    • A recording of the program will be made available to PaLA members and program registrants following the program.

If you would like to be emailed directly about this and other upcoming Connect & Communicate Series events, you may provide us with your name and email address here: . (If you submitted previously, you are still on our list.)

Please continue to share your ideas for programming topics, speakers, or formats with us! We’re getting some great suggestions and themes are starting to emerge, but we could also use some more speaker names. If you or someone you know is doing something great in Pennsylvania’s academic libraries, tell us about it!

by Jill Hallam-Miller, February 21, 2014

The Connect & Communicate Series of online programming offered by the PaLA College & Research Division aims to help foster a community of academic librarians in Pennsylvania. We hope you will find our programming thought-provoking, informative, and timely.

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