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An Infopeople Short Format Course

This event is currently full. If you would like to be added to the wait list please send an email to Gini Ambrosino at [email protected]
February 18th, 2020 12:00 PM
March 2nd, 2020 4:30 PM
Course fee $ 150.00

valerie colstonCourse Instructor: Valerie Colston

Have you recently been tasked with creating library displays, but you don’t know where to begin? Or maybe you have been creating displays for years yet feel a bit bored with your display designs and in need of some fresh inspiration? Perhaps there is an upcoming display project opportunity and you want some help to make it great. Maybe you’d just love to see lots of examples of library displays in other libraries. This course will provide you with tips, techniques, and inspiration that will help you to create library displays that delight.

In this class you will:

  • Learn the language of displays
  • Explore examples of various types of displays and their functions
  • Gain tips from professional visual merchandisers
  • Realize how to achieve the “wow!” factor with library visitors seeing your displays
  • Discover your display design style
  • Keep your library display projects within budget.

Join course instructor Valerie Colston (who has taught display techniques to librarians through her “Graphic Design for Librarians” courses and “Creating Displays for Librarians” workshops) and get ready to learn to create fabulous displays!

*Our short format courses are customized to the topic, designed to be started and completed in two weeks and offer practical knowledge and information that can be put to use immediately.

Course Description: This two-week course will provide readings, resources, examples, and two online meetings. You will plan a display and if possible, actually create the display, too. Learners will share their display plans, examples, questions and challenges with one another and the instructor will provide design advice and suggestions for improvement.

Online Meetings:

Meeting One: February 19, 2020/9 AM Pacific Time/10 AM Mountain Time/11 AM Central Time/Noon Eastern Time

Meeting Two: February 28, 2020/9 AM Pacific Time/10 AM Mountain Time/11 AM Central Time/Noon Eastern Time

Note: Please make every effort to ensure that you are able to attend these two meetings before enrolling in the course. If this is not possible, archived recordings will be made available.

Course Outline: When you log in to the Infopeople online learning site, you will see weekly modules with these topics:

  • Week 1: The Building Blocks of Library Displays: Preparation and Planning
    • Explore types of library displays
    • Theme-based library displays
    • Plan a display from initial sketch to final project (with a timeline, materials list, budget, and planogram)
  • Week 2: Creating, Critiquing, and Preserving Library Displays
    • Tips from visual merchandisers
    • Storyboarding a display idea
    • How-to constructively critique library displays
    • Create a design portfolio to retain library display ideas and examples

Time Required: To complete this course, you can expect to spend 2 1/2 hours per week, for a total of five course hours. Each week's module contains an online meeting, readings, and an assignment. Although you can work on each module at your own pace, at any hour of the day or night, it is recommended that you complete each week's work within that week to stay in sync with other learners.

Who Should Take This Course: Library staff who create, or would like to create, library displays.

Are you a member of ARSL? If so, you may be able to sign up for a free seat in this course. Limit is four free seats per course. Make your request here and if a free seat is available you will be notified.

Online Learning Details and System Requirements may be found at:

Keywords: displays

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