Friday, January 31, 2014

Mar: Using Infographics in Library Instruction (ALA)

A 90-minute workshop, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 2:30pm Eastern/1:30pm Central/12:30pm Mountain/11:30am Pacific 

Infographics, visual representations of information or data, run rampant on the Web. While they may look impressive, the information they convey can be either powerful or trite. Can your students discern the difference? Because library instruction encompasses visual literacy and because data abounds on campus and corporate networks, your students need the skills to read and interpret charts and graphs accurately. They will also undoubtedly create their own infographics for class presentations or reports.  In this workshop, Bagley will show you how to incorporate the basics of infographics in your library instruction, capturing students’ attention and making learning active. In this workshop, you will learn: 
  • How to use popular freemium tools, such as Piktochart, Infogram, and Easelly, along with various features built into Excel and Word
  • Ways to teach critical thinking by showing how one data set can undergo contrasting graphical interpretations
  • How to cite sources in infographics
  • The types of imagery that will best communicate your message
  • Examples of creative design through colors, fonts, or hand-drawing
  • Best practices of library instruction librarians using infographics in presentations