Telebook Infographic & ‘Meet Your Librarian’ Video

 

The Telebook infographic is an interactive infographic meant to give a quick, engaging visual overview to the Telebook service.  The existing screen capture tutorial is becoming outdated and I wanted an alternative way of delivering the information in a sustainable way – so easy to update, low time commitment, small learning curve for any software used.

The result is a Prezi about Telebook that is embedded into relevant SFU Library pages:

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http://www.lib.sfu.ca/my-library/services-for-you/telebook

The Faculty of Education has many different programs, offered in different locations, at different times of day and on different days throughout the week, to a diverse population of students and faculty.  As Liaison Librarian to the Faculty of Education, it can be a challenge finding opportunities to meet and connect with students and faculty despite the desire to do so on my part and the part of the students and faculty.

In an attempt to begin to address this issue, I have created a brief, informal video basically introducing myself and what I do to students and faculty.  This video (and others like it) will be embedded on SFU Library pages that Education students and faculty are likely to navigate to.  The hope is this will create an opportunity to develop more of a rapport with me as their liaison librarian by making myself more present (albeit virtually) and knowable (a face, voice, and personality to associate with my name and title).  This in turn will hopefully better enable me to support the research, teaching, and learning of members of the Faculty of Education.

http://www.lib.sfu.ca/help/subject-guides/education/home

ImageQuilts

Image Quilts is a browser extension that will, with a click of a button, tile together all the images on a page. Why would you do this? Well, it is an effective way to see an overview of your subject matter and create connections. You’ll be able to manipulate your image quilt and see the results- you can make them black and white, you can shuffle the order, you can take out some images, and you can zoom in or out.

In the example below, I’ve done a Google Image search for pie charts, and then used the image quilt extension, desaturating the images and reshuffling them. I wanted to know what happens when you desaturate pie charts. Do they still make sense? How and why?

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Or, what if I want to examine Rodin’s sculpture, The Kiss? I can quickly look at it from all angles with the quilt.

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The quilts are not only a way to see your subject matter in a new light- they also make beautiful graphics!

How to Use ImageQuilts

It’s free! All you need to do is to use the Chrome browser. (If you don’t have it already, you can go here and download it.) Then, go to this link, and download ImageQuilts. After it has downloaded, you’ll see a little “IQ” in the top right of your Chrome browser window. On any given webpage, if you click this button, you’ll be taken to the ImageQuilts site with your newly created quilt displayed- made from all the images from the webpage you were just on. You’ll be able to manipulate it and download it to your computer. I find it works best when I’m on pages with lots of image on it- like a Google Image search page.

(Note: if you are going to download and print out your quilt for use in the classroom, make sure that the images you are using follow fair dealing copyright.)

This tool was brought to my attention by one of the creators, Edward Tufte, when I took his data visualization course. Among other things, Edward Tufte is a professor from Yale, and a pioneer in the field of information design. Read more about him at these links:

http://www.edwardtufte.com/tufte/index

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Tufte

 

 

 

 

 

Shivanand Balram

shivShiv Balram from the Geography dept. wanted to create some practical case study resources for his students that would provide alot of information, in an easily digestible, and mobile form.  For his EMP project he chose to work on some custom infographics that could be shared with his students, and dove right into the Ed Media WordPress site with more posts than any participant to date. This work required him to get up to speed on Adobe Illustrator, and was provided with feedback along the way from the Ed Media team.

Two graphics were created:

Infographic on Community Growth in the Tri-Cities, British Columbia

Description:
This asset provides a recent snapshot of the population and land-use changes that characterize the Tri-Cities region, Metro Vancouver, British Columbia. Population density is calculated in two ways – first, using the total land surface area; and second, using only the residential land-use area. These two representations of density provide contrasting perceptions. – Shivanand Balram

 

Infographic on Global Water Use and Water Wars

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Description:
This asset is a summary of the water use situation for the planet. It uses a systems approach to map the key stages of water availability, water usage and water consequences. Of particular importance is the impact of water scarcity and inaccessibility, and the use of technologies to manage water in order to mitigate against escalating conflicts. – Shivanand Balram

 

Infographic on Community Growth in the Tri-Cities, British Columbia

edmedia2013_land_use_asset_02_thumbnailDescription:
This asset provides a recent snapshot of the population and land-use changes that characterize the Tri-Cities region, Metro Vancouver, British Columbia. Population density is calculated in two ways – first, using the total land surface area; and second, using only the residential land-use area. These two representations of density provide contrasting perceptions.

 

Use in course:
The goal of the asset is to provide a case study summary. The asset provides a context for discussing and applying the principles presented in the lecture. Typically, the lecture content is presented and then the asset is introduced for discussion.

Accessibility:
View or download the asset: PDF format (4.34 MB)