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The Evolution of the Librarian

The Evolution of the Librarian


I can’t help but notice the irony of writing about the keepers of printed books, librarians, within a digital format.  I wonder how long before we view librarians much like blacksmiths or even a buggy whip manufacturers? Out of place in a world that has evolved passed them. While I doubt the job of librarian will ever truly go away, it certainly will change and be a more limited field of opportunity in the future, but I digress…

This infographic, and I use that term loosely as this is barely information in graphic form, displays 10 stages in the “evolution” of the librarian. It starts out with Ben Franklin, founder of the Library Company of Philadelphia, the United States’ first lending library. It states that Ben Franklin was a librarian there as well. The following stages of development continue, mentioning other important figures in the librarian history such as Thomas Jefferson, who helped found the Library of Congress; Melvil Dewey who introduced the Dewey Decimal system; Andrew Carnegie who funded the first public library; and the Katherine Sharp named the Chief Librarian of the Illinois State Library at the University of Illinois.

It finally ends with the year 2010, mentioning that most librarian positions require a Masters’ in LIS – too bad the infographic doesn’t explain what LIS stands for. This is the weakest piece of information and the least interesting, and it feels like it was a struggle to come up with 10 interesting facts and this last one was just filler. The other information at least has historic value and interest.

The graphics are a mix bag of media, photography, illustrations and computer graphics. The styles are different and the infographic has a piecemeal feel to it. The artist tries to tie everything together with a parchment design and sepia-toned color scheme. This kind of holds it together, but as a creative infographic this design falls short and looks as if it was created to house some quickly found facts in a even more quickly designed graphic and then put out for mass consumption. I think our librarians would have expected better.

Design: D+

Really there is no cohesive design and it is a collage of images and graphics that don’t really belong together.

Information: C+

The facts provided are of mild interest and provide some history to the respected field of the librarian, but not all the facts are equally interesting.

Via: Master-Degree-Online.com

Cloud Computing Stats Infographic

Cloud Computing Stats Infographic

cloud computing infographic

Ever wanted the lowdown on cloud computing stats? This graphic by Cloud Hype Market provides just that.  And what you learn by reading the graphic may shock you. You see, in the next few years, cloud computing will expand greatly.  So greatly in fact that cloud computing expenses will account for 25% of all IT department expenditure by 2012. According the graphic, most people agree that using the cloud has done the following:

–alleviated internal resource pressures

–reduced the cost of infrastructure

–decreased IT performance challenges

–improved end-user experience

–simplified the IT managment process

–improved user’s self-worth

Here’s in interesting stat for you. There are 50 million servers in the world today, and Google owns 2% of them. In time, that 2% may be 20%, and decades from now, perhaps 60% or higher.  Now, who are the principal “actors” of the cloud, as the graphic puts it? 4 companies have the most marketshare.  They are Zoho.com, Google, Rackspace, and Microsoft 365.  All of these services host mission critical apps like email and other services.

The bottom of the graphic is filled with some interesting stats. Did you know that 56% of Internet users use email services like gmail, yahoomail, and hotmail. I would have thought that it would be higher. 34% store personal photos online.  I thought that stat would have been lower. 5% pay to store files online and 5% pay to backup their hardrive online. I was surprised at those two stats.  We all sense they are only going to go higher.

Infographics Grading Showdown

Design: B+

A great graphic, but can you guess why I didn’t reward it with an A? Check out the last section.  Do you think the creator choose a good use of colors there? You have to squint your eyes to read it.  Light gold (if that’s the color) on black doesn’t work. That section should have been re-done before it went to print.

Content: A-

No real complaints here.  Solid stats presented in lucid ways.  Overall, a very impressive job by the folks at CloudHyperMarket. Looks like a useful website as well.

Asian Longhorned Beetle Killing New York City Trees (Infographic)

Asian Longhorned Beetle Killing New York City Trees (Infographic)

asian longhorned beetle infographic

Asian Longhorned Beetle Killing New York City Trees

What a novel concept, an infographic that actually gives information that is crucial and possibly life-changing…at least to some trees. While not a true infographic in the most strict and classical sense of the word, it does graphically display the area where the Asian Longhorned Beetle is having a devastating affect on the trees in New York.

The content is interesting, especially if you are  a resident of New York, and provided in an easy to read format. The problem is broken down and then a solution, also easily seen, is given. How handy.

The graphics are well done, if not spectacular, mixing photography with computer graphics. A illustration of the insect is included, but an actual photo would be nice for identification.

This is a great way to get out a public service message and the care in design is evident.

Infographics Scorecard

Design: B
Graphics are handled well, but a missed opportunity took the grade down for not showing a photo of the Asian Longhorned Beetle.

Content: A-
What more could you want? Just the facts. Here’s the problem. Here’s the solution. Fix it!

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