Much of the work librarians do involves creating flyers, displays, handouts, websites, and other designs that look good and convey helpful information. Very few librarians have any kind of formal design training and often rely on personal aesthetic preferences along with the opinions and ideas of colleagues. The goal of this program is to empower librarians with basic principles, tools, and processes to begin to improve designs in their own libraries.
- Learn about and view examples of basic design principles
- Identify processes used to create designs
- Explore practical design tools
- Demonstrate examples of successful design
- Practice revising a handout using the information provided in the webinar
- Discuss the importance of consistency in design across platforms
- Recommend favorite design resources
- Length: 1.5 hour recorded webinar + homework assignment
- Technical information: You will receive a link to the recorded program and the participant's manual in your confirmation email.
- Individuals: $49 (nonmembers, $75)
Register, participate, and earn 3 MLA continuing education (CE) contact hours.
April Aultman Becker obtained her bachelor of arts degree in English and history from Stephen F. Austin State University and her master's degree in library and information science from the University of North Texas in 2005. In her past life, Becker has been a high school English teacher and an elementary, high school, and community college librarian. In 2011, she joined the Research Medical Library at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center as the education coordinator, where she provides leadership, planning, and coordination for all education programs and teaches workshops for faculty, staff, and students. Because she is passionate about good design and often finds herself creating graphics to promote the library, Becker co-created the website Librarian Design Share (www.librariandesignshare.org) with Veronica Arellano Douglas from Saint Mary's College to have a repository of shared design work from libraries everywhere so that librarians can gain inspiration from the work of others. She is professionally active in the Texas Library Association (TLA), Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), and South Central Chapter (SCC) of MLA.