Posts Tagged ‘infographics’

Zines, Culture and Self-Expression

"lairs zine" by danie on Flickr is licensed under CC BY 2.0

“lairs zine” by danie on Flickr is licensed under CC BY 2.0

At the heart of local culture and creative storytelling emerged zines. The beauty of a zine is its cut-and-paste eclectic taste that questions status quo and gives a voice to anyone and everyone who has something to say. They are visual forums without commercial backing. Zines haven’t gone away, and there are some today that remain pillars in culture for people from all different backgrounds and life experiences. Gritty and messy, zines are mostly about self-expression.

Even libraries have an interest in zines, with articles written about what some institutions are doing to preserve the culture and history of these handmade works. One such example is the University of Iowa Library, where science fiction zines and others from the 1930s and 1950s are being archived. Another example is at the University of Chicago Library where zines about women, music and activism are collected. The need to be heard is always growing, and zines make that possible.

With the first “science fiction fanzine” published in 1930, it’s easy to see that zines have been around for a while. The infographic I’ve created provides a brief history of zines with a more complete timeline found on the Duke University Libraries page.

Some colorful examples of zines can also be found here:

The Lab
Creative Bloq

Does your library collect zines? Have you ever made a zine? Let us know in the comments below or Tweet us at #ProQuest! We’d love to hear about it.

The Top Share This Posts of 2015

Happy New Year

Here at Share This, we want to look back at 2015 and see what resonated with our audience. Showcased are the top posts authored in the past year that you viewed the most:

1. 50 Things You Can Borrow from Libraries Besides Books: See this wildly popular post that featured an infographic of 50 unusual things you can check out at libraries around the world.

2.  They Say It’s Your Birthday: Learn about three fascinating individuals who share the birthday of July 21, which is also the birthday of the post author.

3. CultureGrams—New Kids Country: Vatican City: Discover fascinating facts about Vatican City with a link to view more in the Vatican City report.

4. The Constitution in the Classroom: Petitioning for Change: View this valuable post about Constitution Day that features an engaging petition activity for students to learn about the First Amendment.

5. Come See Us at AASL!: See how ProQuest interacts with customers during conferences. Your feedback is highly valuable.


Unusual Library Things: 2015’s Number One Post on Share This Blog

6. Welcome to Congress, Bella Abzug!: Discover the fascinating life and work of Bella Abzug, an icon of the Women’s Movement.

7. Exploring the Causes of the Civil War: See all the resources that eLibrary contains to teach the causes of the Civil War.

8. Increase Student Engagement: Help Launch the #AskAStudent Movement: Find tips to get to know your students and the life issues they face through engaging questions and writing prompts.

9. 50th Anniversary of St. Louis’ Gateway Arch: Explore the history of the St. Louis Gateway Arch through the extensive historical collections of ProQuest K12 products.

10. Create Your Science Project or Experiment with eLibrary’s Help: Discover how eLibrary can help get any science project or experiment off the ground.

Have a healthy and happy New Year! Here’s to an awesome year of learning, discovery, technology, and connection in 2016!

Education Activist Malala Yousafzai: “Books Not Bullets!”

Infographic: Girls' Education Access

On October 9, 2012, a Taliban gunman stormed Malala Yousafzai’s school bus in Pakistan, asked for her by name, and shot her in the head. The Taliban tried to silence Malala, an outspoken advocate for girls’ education rights. Malala survived. Her voice has soared. Since the attack, Malala has continued to fight for education access, particularly for girls.

Girls worldwide face specific challenges because of their gender. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), 31 million girls of primary school age are denied access to education. Two-thirds of illiterate people worldwide are female. World conflicts, poverty, health-related issues, childhood marriage, pregnancy, and biased cultural attitudes are all factors that limit girls’ access to education. Increased education access improves social outcomes, such as lowering maternal childbirth rates, improving the health of families, and narrowing the gender wage gap.

When Malala turned 18 in July 2015, she addressed the issue of education funding. Her message to the world: “Books not bullets!” Malala called on world leaders to divert a portion of military spending to fund education. She cited an Education for All Global Monitoring Project study, which found that if the world halted military spending for eight days, the savings would be enough to fund 12 years of free education for every child in the world. This proposal, outlined in a Malala Fund report, demonstrates that funding for universal education is within reach.

The Twitter campaign #booksnotbullets features people around the world showing their support for education access by showcasing their favorite books. Books open worlds, bullets close them. Malala’s inspiring words remind us all, especially during the back-to-school season, that education should be our top priority.

Share your #booksnotbullets images with us on Twitter @ProQuest.

Infographic: Social Media in Schools

Infographic. Social Media in Schools

Social Media in the Classroom. Yea or Nay?

Social media use continues to grow. According to a 2014 Pew Research Center survey, 74 percent of Internet-connected adults use social media sites. A 2015 Pew Survey found that 76 percent of teenagers ages 13 to 17 use social media, with 71 percent using more than one social media site. In schools, social media use has been slowly making inroads, thanks in large part to librarians.

Social media has become one of the greatest educational tools of all time, and yet, it goes untaught. Why? Fear of the unknown? Lack of value? The time is now for education to instead embrace this form of learning and begin, even in small ways, embedding social media lessons in all classrooms.

Don Goble, Multimedia Instructor

Social media use in schools, however, has been controversial. Some educators argue that social media literacy is essential in the twenty-first century. Others argue that social networking sites distract students and further tether them to technology. Students are contributing to the debate as well. In the April 22, 2015, issue of Education Week, high school student Katie Benmar argues that teachers should use social media to enhance learning and engage students.

I hope that educators will consider experimenting more with technology and social media in their classrooms in a way that will be intellectually challenging to students. Believe me, your students will appreciate it, even if not every attempt is successful.

–Katie Benmar, High School Student

Educators and students who want to use social media in the classroom face another obstacle: Internet filtering. According to a 2012 American Association of School Librarians survey, Internet filtering blocks social media sites 88 percent of the time, which severely limits educators’ options. Additionally, educators who request approval to bypass Internet filtering have to endure lengthy wait-times.

The main reason I’d like to try to avoid social media use is a moral one. Kids today are addicted to technology; school can, and should, remain the one safe haven where they can unplug and just be present. Do we really want to give them another reason to be ‘connected?’

–Gail Leicht, Eighth-Grade Language Arts Teacher

Overall, however, social media use in schools is increasing. How quickly will social media be integrated into the classroom? Will the disparate use of social media in schools contribute to the digital divide? Answers to these questions remain to be seen.

Do you think social networking sites have a place in schools? Share your thoughts with us on Twitter @ProQuest or in the comments below.

SIRS Leading Issue: Web 2.0 by ProQuest LLC via ProQuest SIRS Issues Researcher

SIRS Leading Issue: Web 2.0
by ProQuest LLC via ProQuest SIRS Issues Researcher

New on CultureGrams: Average Person Infographics


Denmark Average Person Infographic

CultureGrams editors are excited to announce the addition of a new feature to the World and Kids Editions. The Average Person Infographics! These colorful infographics, based on statistical averages and other measures taken from the CultureGrams data tables, highlight factors such as income level, family size, language, religion and more.


  • Thumbnails and descriptions are available on World and Kids landing pages
  •  A high-res PDF is available for printing
  • Statistical sources are listed at the bottom of each file
  • A citation generator is available for this feature at the bottom of the enlarged image box
  • Each infographic will be updated yearly

More Infographics

SIRS Issues Researcher’s new one-click infographics feature also has a variety of informative infographics and their Common Core-aligned guide, Understanding Infographics, will help students analyze three major components of an infographic: layout, content, and story.

Want to learn more about infographics and how they meet Common Core Standards? Click here.


New in ProQuest SIRS Issues Researcher!

Just in time for back-to-school, these following features are now available in ProQuest SIRS Issues Researcher!


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Airport Security Leading Issue in ProQuest SIRS Issues Researcher


8 NEW Leading Issues (354 TOTAL):


Expanded SIRS unique coverage of complex social issues debated today: Airport Security • Antibiotic Resistance • Common Core Standards • Environmental Health • Peak Oil  • School Environment • Virtual Currencies •  World Cultures


3 NEW SIRS Common Core Guides:


Created to directly correlate product content & tools to Common Core standards. Can be used by teachers and students: Understanding Infographics • Understanding Primary Sources • Understanding Statistics


 NEW Infographics Feature:


Created in support of curriculum standards requiring students to use quantitative data and graphics to address a question or solve a problem. Lesson-ready when used with Understanding Infographics guide. This new feature is just a single click off the homepage.


See more about these new features in the SIRS Issues Researcher 2014 Back to School update. And to fully get up to speed, sign up for free online training classes!

Meet Common Core Standards with Infographics


Created by Jeff Wyman at wordle.net

The word cloud infographic above from Wordle, which organizes keywords from this post, shows the value of presenting information visually. Infographics are powerful and persuasive visual representations of information or data. Common Core State Standards require that students be able to find, understand, evaluate, and create visual depictions. Infographics are a great way to meet these visual literacy-focused Common Core Standards.

Common Core and Visual Literacy

Here are some Common Core Standards that relate directly to visual literacy:

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.7 Integrate quantitative or technical analysis (e.g., charts, research data) with qualitative analysis in print or digital text.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.11-12.7 Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., quantitative data, video, multimedia) in order to address a question or solve a problem.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.7 Translate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text into visual form (e.g., a table or chart) and translate information expressed visually or mathematically (e.g., in an equation) into words.

These standards seem complicated, but the concepts behind them are rooted in a long-established learning goal: visual literacy. Visual literacy includes the ability to find, understand, and evaluate information presented visually. A key challenge for educators is training students to think critically about visual representations. Enter infographics.

Infographic 1


The benefits of infographics are twofold: they help students understand data and information, and they help students learn to think critically about visual representations.

A Common Core-aligned infographics lesson should cover three major steps:

  • Finding reputable infographics on a subject of interest
  • Analyzing infographics, paying attention to layout, content, and story
  • Creating infographics to include in a report or oral presentation


Check out these helpful infographics resources:

Infographics will engage students, help them meet Common Core Standards, and help them achieve visual literacy. Three birds, one stone. Done!