A Quick-Start Guide from LibraryLinkNJ

Why Infographics?

Infographics use charts or other diagrams to represent data. When done right, infographics are not only easy to understand and visually appealing, but also easy to share online. Here are some ways to use infographics at your library:

  • Statistics: for summer reading, circulation, head counts, etc.
  • Timelines: history of the library or community
  • Top tens: best circulating books this year, best-attended programs
  • Polls: Have your patrons take informal polls (favorite genres, best DVDs, etc.) and display the results.
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Above graphic from "Libraries matter: 11 fantastic library infographics." Ebook Friendly. 15 Oct 2014.

Free Infographic Builders

All three of these tools produce attractive infographics with charting capability. Try them and see which you like best!

Tips for Creating Infographics

These tools make creating an attractive, professional-looking infographic very simple, but a good infographic does require some work!

  • Do your research and find accurate, recent statistics.
  • Consider your audience: don't use irrelevant data or jargon.
  • Make sure the message tells a clear story.

Look to these articles for more tips:

Cragun, Russell. “The Do’s and Don’ts of Infographics.” Doba. 9 May 2014.

Kremian, Zachary. “7 Do's and Dont's: Design Tips for Infographics.” Marketing Weekly, 2014.

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All of the information in this quick-start guide comes from archived posts to LibraryLinkNJ's TechEx by Emily Weisenstein of Madison Public Library. Thanks for your excellent work, Emily!