The lifetime usage of our library in infographics
The statistics of our library are usually required and utilized by the insider to make us informed of the current status, which relates to the inventory. Based on this information, we could develop our constructive collection although the statistics do not give all answers to the improvement. However at least we could know the trend of our library, which could tell us what to do next.
Statistics are also normally submitted to the business office once a year for an auditing reason. However the transparency could be not only good for the development of our library but also convenient for our library users, who could tell how useful or suitable our library could serve for their needs.
In this open-minded environment, users would get more interested in areas, which they have not explored yet. As Alison Circle in ‘Telling your story with visual power’ mentioned, in whatever styles visualized texts are, they are less paid attention to and are easily skimmed or skipped. Too many explanations or expressions of our library information are likely to be annoyed or ignored if we don’t know how to inform users of our information.
Here is my plan using the best use of infographics.
1) Every 1-3 month, how many our library resources are checked out depending on each category, how many new books are in/out our systems, how many books are circulated, and etc.. …could be shown to users in addition to the basic big questions: Circulation; Budget; Registered users; Visits to our library; Visits to our library web site; Computer use.
2) The statistics above are created through our operation system.
3) They will be visualized via ManyEyes hosted/created by IBM.
4) Once our infographics are ready, the link of URL is copied and pasted it to Zoom.it to make our infographics enlarged as readers like since normally all texts with even visual graphics look smaller than you think.
Since the issue of appearance or readability to any users or viewers could not be ignored, Zoom.it could serve for the solution. As for a trial, the link of infographics about OCLC, which Alison had reformed was pasted to Zoom.it. In this way users could easily zoom out/in the information.
Many thanks to what Alison has shared with readers, there are a lot of benefits to learn from the report of OCLC in graphic style(via power point), which could be an applicable good model case to our library’s infographics.
If our library could have a TV monitor installed in front of our main door, the infographics, which need to be upgraded regularly could be displayed and also embedded with our library homepage. If there are ways to upgrade the infographic data daily with automatic methods, it could save our time.
- ”Five Cool Tools for Creating Infographics” by Richard Byrne. School Library Journal. June 1, 2011. Online. Media Source, Inc.. March 2011
“Telling Your Story With Visual Power” by Alison Circle. Library Journal. January 31, 2012. Online. News Theme on Genesis Framework · WordPress. March 2012.
“How Libraries Stack Up: 2010″ by OCLC. OCLC. 2010. Online. Domestic and international trademarks and/or service marks of OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. and its affiliates. March 2011.
- “Zoom it” by Microsoft. Zoom it. 2012. Online. Microsoft Corp. March 2012.