librarian infographic

Another great infographic from Infographics. I have a couple of quibbles (because I always have a couple of quibbles). First of all, I have to say very little of many librarians’ work is spent on books anymore. I certainly order books and manage my book collections, weeding, etc. But I spend far more time on programming, marketing, and meeting the informational needs of my community than I do on books. The book processing is generally done by non-“librarian” staff, if that distinction even matters.

Secondly the question “what would we do without librarians?” needs an answer, not just a description of the line of reference questioners. Seriously, what WOULD we do? In my community, a whole lot of people would have no access to any sort of information, internet, programs, books, movies, etc. And those with economic resources would be poorer as well, not only from having to purchase things they had shared before, but because of the lack of education, job resources, economic support, community building, etc. that librarians provide.

Oh yeah–$56,547?! This nearly broke my heart. Knowing the average wage in WI was $34,000 was hard enough to bear. Knowing that IF I were full time, I would make over $30,000 below average is killing me.

 

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A Librarian's Worth Around the World  | Infographic |
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Infographics

I just attended a webinar called Visualizing Civic Health: Maximizing Impact through Infographics which was disappointingly brief and based on ridiculously expensive datasets and hiring graphic teams and/or buying a graphics package.

Depsite it’s shortcomings for a zero-dollar-budget public librarian looking to spark conversation about my community’s civic health, I was inspired by the idea of the infographics.

Here’s an example from the webinar’s host, the National Conference on Citizenship:
Chicago’s Civic Health Index 2010(pdf)

And an example from good.is:

http://www.good.is/post/infographic-the-overworked-american/

A collaboration between GOOD and Column Five Media.

I want to make some of these for my Geek the Library campaign. I think it would help people to see how library use has increased and other library stats, as well as community information. Advocacy for library services or just about anything goes down easier with great graphics. And I can see how hosting great infographics on our library site will increase our library’s web presence, as the webinar moderators mentioned.

So thank you NCoC. I can’t afford your $15,000 datasets, or your even more expensive infographics service, but you have inspired me nevertheless!