Graphic Design for Librarians

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As a librarian you already know that there are numerous tasks that you perform that require professional graphic design skills. You are proud of your work and do a good job but you would like a bit more guidance. In this class, you will learn what the professionals know about creating graphic designs.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and use tools and techniques that make it easier to create common graphic design projects required in the library setting, begin to protect, share and store those designs through the use of portfolios.
  • Explore the language of art, such as the elements of composition, line, texture, space, color and shape that can be used to create professional products.
  • Achieve a higher level of confidence in locating basic design templates, software, images, and other resources available to designers.

Instructor: Valerie Colston

Valerie Colston is the author of Graphic Design: A Practical Guide for Librarians, Rowman & Littlefield. She teaches Graphic Design for Librarians as an adjunct at San Jose State University and Art History and Film fulltime at American Public University. She has been teaching workshops for librarians through a variety of venues for many years. She is the author of 200 Projects to Strengthen Your Art Skills, Barrons Educational Series and Teens Go Green: Tips, Techniques, Tools, and Themes for YA Programming (Libraries Unlimited Professional Guides for Young Adult Librarians Series) Colston is also the creator of Art Teacher on the Net at

Academic library: 4 year and graduate; Academic library: 2 year; Special collections; Special Library
Time: All live online classes are in Eastern time.

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