University of Wisconsin–Madison

Graphic Design for Librarians [FULL]

A key element of engaging library patrons is communicating with them effectively.

While libraries often have no shortage of staff who excel at verbal communication, few have in-house expertise in visual communication—leaving the design of flyers, newsletters, web pages and other print and digital communications in the hands of “accidental” graphic designers. Attend this four-week course to begin learning the foundational principles of graphic design and elevate the quality of your library’s visual communications.

At a glance

When: Jun 13 – Jul 10, 2022

Cost: $150 (Register 2 weeks early for 10% off)

CE Credit: 1.4 CEUs/14 LEUs

Program: #302223

Questions? Contact Meredith Lowe or Anna Palmer

Register online

This course is FULL. Register gratis to be added to the waitlist using the link above. Due to the continuation of remote work, please use the online registration option. If you need alternate arrangements, email Anna Palmer, or Meredith Lowe, Alternate registration options may result in delays.

Payment and Cancellation Policy

Course details


  • Typography
  • Shape and Color
  • Composition
  • Design tools and resources

Software requirements

Standard Microsoft Office software will be used for course activities.


Elisa Coghlan is passionate about good communication, especially communication that engages both the eye and the written word. She has a decade of experience in designing print and web publications for a variety of library and education organizations, with strong graphic design skills honed through on-the-job mentorship as well as formal continuing-education courses. She is currently the coordinator of marketing and outreach at Marquette University Libraries.